Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blackberry Winter

Blackberry Winter
by Sarah Jio

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis:  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.
from the back of the book

Review:  This was a quick easy read that kept me engaged in the story.  Both Vera's and Claire's stories were so intertwined that both kept me reading to find out what the connection to each other was.  I felt like some of the events were a little too coincidental and didn't seem realistic.  People seemed to fall into Claire's lap as she investigated the disappearance of Daniel and of course those people had critical information.  The author has an ease about her writing style and it isn't too meaty.  A good book for when you want something a little lighter.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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