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Blackberry Winter: A Novel por Sarah Jio
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Blackberry Winter: A Novel (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Sarah Jio

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"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"--… (mais)
Membro:MsBeautiful
Título:Blackberry Winter: A Novel
Autores:Sarah Jio
Informação:Plume (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:To Be Read

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Blackberry Winter por Sarah Jio (2012)

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    dara85: This takes place in the past (1930's), a child is taken and goes to live with another family, involves a crime
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I had to ingest a lot of coincidences in order to accept the premise of Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. This is a story where the author explores personal connections that transcend the boundaries of time but it definitely requires the reader not to question too closely how these connections were formed and whether they were believable. In 1933, during a freak snowstorm in Seattle, a three year old boy goes missing. When Seattle experiences a similar storm in 2010, reporter Claire Aldridge is asked to write a feature about the 1933 event. She settles on the strange disappearance of this child who appears to have vanished without a trace.

Claire is dealing with a loss of her own and her marriage is seemingly falling apart. The book jumps between the 1933 timeline as the mother of the young boy searches for her child and back to 2010 as Claire digs into the story and worries that it’s too late to save her own relationship.

I should have given into my impulse to toss this book aside, but I did carry on through to the end. It is my second book by this author and it will be my last. I found the characters unrealistic, the story was too predictable and I felt forced to accept things that were totally unbelievable. It’s a sad commentary when the best thing about the book is it’s pretty cover. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 22, 2020 |
I really loved this book. Sarah Jio really creates characters that make me want to get to know them and what happens to them. I didn't want the book to end. As a mother, I cannot imagine the pain that both Vera and Claire experienced losing a child. I loved how both stories were tied together and then how the two stories became one story. I would highly recommend reading this book. ( )
  Martha662 | Jun 27, 2020 |
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. The characters were so real. I love books that have two stories that eventually become one. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Mar 24, 2020 |
Book on CD performed by Tara Sands.

From the book jacket: Seattle, May 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... In the morning … 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 a 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.

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I had heard such good things out Jio and this book in particular, so I was looking forward to reading it. The premise is interesting, though I figured out the connection between Claire and Vera long before any of the characters did.

Both these women irritated me. I got tired of hearing how poor Vera was, how hard she struggled, how dedicated she was. I got bored with Claire’s marital drama, with her apparent inability to confront her husband and her boss. Yes, I understand she was suffering a depressive grief, but it seemed out of character for what the blurbs promised me: a mystery, twists and turns that would shock and enthrall me. In both cases there were several opportunities for the women to take some action, to assert themselves and possibly change their fortunes. Time and again they failed to do so. The personal travails of these women held the story back, forcing the reader to slog through all these personal dramas much as the people of Seattle slogged through piles of snow.

Tara Sands did a pretty good job reading the audiobook. She set a good pace and her diction was clear. Despite the constantly changing time frame and narrative point of view I managed to easily follow the parallel stories. (Although, I do think this would be more easily done in a text format.) ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 15, 2019 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Apr 26, 2018 |
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"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"--

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