A Write Teacher Review: Blackberry Winter, by Sarah Jio


Hello Friends,

The Violets of March.

The Bungalow.

and now, the latest literary treasure from Sarah Jio…

Blackberry Winter. 

Just when it seems as if her stories cannot get any better, they DO! Sarah Jio is a wordsmith of unending skill. She weaves her stories into your hearts, bones, & soul.  Her books are the ones you literally cannot put down, her books are the ones that you will stay up all night reading…

…she’s that good.

The greatest stories are the ones that stay with you long after you have turned the last page.  They are the ones that you think of, months after you have tucked the book back into its rightful place on your bookshelf, long after you’ve returned your treasure back to the library.  The stories of Sarah Jio are among the great ones.

Blackberry Winter takes us into the heart of two women, Vera and Claire.  Vera’s story takes place during Seattle in the 1930s.  Claire’s story takes place during Seattle during the present day.

Like so many single mothers of the time period, Vera Ray must leave her child alone while she works, or they do not eat. She leaves for work as a maid at the famous Olympic Hotel while Daniel is sleeping, and returns just as he’s waking up in the morning.  Only this time, she comes home to an empty apartment.

An empty apartment.

Can you even IMAGINE what that would feel like? The panic? The pain? The terror? 

There are no signs of a struggle, no signs of a break in, all that’s evident is Daniels teddy bear, Max, lying facedown in the snow.  Because even though it was spring, Seattle was facing the worst snow storm it had seen in quite some time, hence the phrase, Blackberry Winter.

Vera stops at nothing to find her son. Nothing. 

But lets talk about Claire for a moment…

Claire Aldridge is a reporter for the Seattle Herald, a paper that her husband’s family, The Kensington’s, own.  But when first meet Claire, she is going through a bit of a rough patch.  Her marriage is strained, her pain from a recent tragedy is palpable, and all she wants to do is crawl under the covers for a while.  But then, life throws a bit of a curveball at her, again.  Seattle is experiencing another Blackberry Winter, the most recent storm occurring in 1933.  Yes, the same storm that appeared to have swallowed Daniel into the white night. Claire is expected to cover this strange turn of meteorological events, and comes face to face with Vera, Daniel, and their unsolved history.

What happens? 

Does Vera ever find her son? Do Claire and Ethan save their marriage? Did Daniel ever come home?

Go get the book, and find out.

(You didn’t think we’d spoil the ending, did you?)

Don’t walk, run & get this book. You know we never steer you wrong.

2 thoughts on “A Write Teacher Review: Blackberry Winter, by Sarah Jio

  1. I can’t wait to read this one. I read a great review on another blog and now after reading yours and seeing it at Costco yesterday, I want the book now.

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