I must start by telling you that Sarah Jio is one of my new favorite authors. When I read her books, they sweep me in and I am immersed into the story being told. Blackberry Winter weaves two stories together both set in Seattle, 70 years apart. Two women, Vera and Claire who both suffer losses that are unimaginable, are connected in an amazing way. We walk beside them as a reader and I found myself captivated by their stories. The Seattle setting is beautiful, as we are taken through the streets and the times of both characters. I was not familiar with the term Blackberry Winter although living in the Midwest I can imagine it occurring. As you read, you unravel the connection these two women have and how they help each other in ways that are touching beyond measure as mothers who have suffered losses. Sarah Jio has the ability to tell a story that draws the reader into that world and you care deeply for the characters on the pages. She has done this in every book she has written and I highly recommend them all. I recommend Blackberry Winter for anyone who is a fan of Sarah Jio's writing, as well as for those who enjoy a well written tale of suspense.
*An egalley copy of Blackberry Winter was kindly provided to me through Edelweiss and Plume Paperback