Blackberry Winter: A Novel (Paperback)

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Sarah Jio’s Blackberry Winter is an intriguing mystery/ love story that will leave you marveling at how people’s lives can be tied together in unexpected ways. Your heart will break for Vera Ray and the terrible consequences she faces for being a hard-working single mother in the 1930’s. Claire, a newspaper reporter in present day Seattle, is assigned to come up with a story about the eerie repeat of the March snowstorm that blew through the city years ago on the same day Vera’s life was turned upside down. Claire uncovers Vera’s story and searches for the mysterious ending, and what she finds is that the woman who seemed to just disappear is closer than she could have imagined, and not everyone is who they seem to be. Jio seamlessly ties the past and present together and delivers an ending that deserves five stars.

— Georgia, Roanoke



From the New York Times bestselling author of Always and The Violets of March comes an emotional story of a dreadful storm, a missing child cold case, and a determined reporter who just may have a stronger connection with the past than she realizes.

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son goodnight and departs to work the night shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying facedown on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks—or the perpetrator’s.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways.

Sarah Jio burst onto the fiction scene with two sensational novels—The Violets of March and The Bungalow. With Blackberry Winter—taking its title from a late-season, cold-weather phenomenon—Jio continues her rich exploration of the ways personal connections can transcend the boundaries of time.

About the Author

Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels. She is also a longtime journalist who has contributed to Glamour, The New York Times, Redbook, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Self, and many other outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition, appearing as a commentator. Jio lives in Seattle with her three young boys.

Praise For…

Praise for Blackberry Water

“ intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance.”—Real Simple 

"A fascinating exploration of love, loss, scandal, and redemption."—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Sarah Jio and her novels:
“Jio has become one of the most-read women in America.”—Woman’s World (on Morning Glory)
“Delightful and uplifting.”—Historical Novel Society (on Goodnight June)
“Linger[s] long after the last page.”—Romantic Times (on The Last Camellia)

“Eminently readable...a tribute to family and forgiveness.”—Booklist (on Goodnight June)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452298385
ISBN-10: 0452298385
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English