Blackberry Winter is not only one of my favorite books of the year, but it’s also my favorite Sarah Jio book so far (she’s written two others). It’s a powerful and emotional story of two women who’ve never met, but are connected in unimaginable ways. In 1933, single mother Vera Ray loses her son on the night of a late-season snowstorm in Seattle — a cold weather phenomenon called Blackberry Winter. Almost 80 years later, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge is assigned to cover a similar snowstorm that hits in May and learns of the unsolved abduction of Vera’s son. She vows to find out what happened… Warning: Once you pick it up, you will not be able to put this New York Times best-seller down. As you turn the pages, it’s one unexpected twist after another, right up until the shocking ending. The ultimate story of a mother's love for her child, any mom will relate to and feel for the women in this book. (P.S.: Jio’s upcoming novel, The Last Camellia, is out on May 28, 2013. I cannot wait to read it!)
This is one of the most moving and thought-provoking books I have read this year. Hatvany is a beautiful writer and proves her skill, once again, at tackling tough subjects. In Outside the Lines, Eden searches for her father, who left her two decades before, when she was just 10 years old. After a series of failed romances and a health scare from her mother, she knows it’s time to face the emotions she’s had bottled up all this time. Her journey to find her father, who she isn’t even sure wants to be found, had me on the edge of my seat as I flipped the pages, wondering how the story would end. A powerful story of a woman raised by a single mom, mothers will connect with this daughter's quest to know her father. (P.S.: My next read is Amy's upcoming book, A Heart Like Mine, out on March 19, 2013! The buzz? It’s sensational!)
Another engrossing story of a bond between mother and daughter, this hilarious novel will entertain any mom. Quirky mom Bernadette Fox isn't like any of the other mothers in her Seattle suburb. And her 15-year-old daughter and best friend, Bee, wouldn't have it any other way. Then Bernadette, an agoraphobic who hates leaving the house so much that she has a virtual assistant from India do almost all of her errands for her, goes missing and it's up to Bee to track her down. Bee compiles emails, documents, and secret correspondence to find her mother. A hilarious and heartwarming story, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, is an absolute delight.
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