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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
Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it's the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning -- even though it's the second of May -- a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel's unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth -- only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.