Blackberry Winter (Book Review)

Hey friends!

Happy LAST day of February! Whoa.

Not gonna lie, sorta happy it’s the end….probably because that HOPEFULLY (fingers crossed), means we’ll have warmer weather soon.

It’s going to be a great beginning to March because last night I flew to CO to be with my sisters! Whoooooot. Any chance I have to hang out with my family, I am all over it. Even if it includes buying a plane ticket on an impulse. 😉

Their kids are all pretty cute too-so I will be sure to share some fun photos over the coming days (if they’re ok with it).


{my sis’s son. he is hilarious & adorbs. This was in Dec, 2012}

The plan ride was fine, and I don’t think anyone could tell that I had just come from the gym?? (At least I hope not? I added extra deodorant. And my Subway sandwich might have been a stronger smell than me anyways).

It was YUMM. Lots of veggies ‘n’ cheese–and I love their sweet onion ‘dressing’ too. My husband is a gem & ordered it for me while I was at the gym teaching BP & then he drove me to the airport. He wins BEST husband ever award. You should have seen my ‘order’ that I texted to him to have read to the Subway people. HAH.


Blackberry Winter (Book Review)

I finished the Book Club (Julie started the club) read this past weekend. And I started it 2 days before I finished it. Considering how busy I am, it’s quite a feat! But the book was irresistible from start to finish!

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When I get into a book, the rest of life seems to disappear….my poor husband. :( And our apartment. Hah! All my sisters are like this too, so we always laugh & say we can’t bring any good reads on vacay when we’re with each other or else we’ll all be found in different corners in big comfy chairs reading! HAH.

It’s my way of completely getting lost in a story–and it’s such a great stress reliever for me too.

Anyways. The book that was chosen was Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. I read her other book, the Violets of March and really enjoyed that one too, so I figured this was a winner.

And it was!


The back of the book says this:

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, 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 face-down 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…

Intriguing, right?!

It was. THE entire book! I love books that have unexpected twists –a tinch of mystery–and that have a bit of romance too. It was also a bit sad but also happy in different ways as well. I won’t give away much more, so please just pick up a copy–my library had one quickly on hold for me, luckily.

Sarah Jio is a great writer, so if you want a fun, good read, pick up a Sarah Jio novel!

{p.s. I am on Goodreads too –and where I rate books, so let’s be friends?!}


Well, I am off to work & then play!

Have a GREAT day, ya all! <3

Did YOU read Blackberry Winter?? If so, what did YOU think?? What kinds of books do YOU all like?? Any good recommendations lately that I should check into?? What do YOU usually get at Subway??

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  1. I like realistic fiction books but never have much time to read! Well i read blogs everyday so maybe itz just a priority thing ha!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion! I’m going to have to pick it up! I’m currently rereading Wuthering Heights, but I just read everything I could get my hands on by Gillian Flynn. Seriously, Sharp Objects, Gone Girl, or Dark Places are all FANTASTIC!

    • I didn’t love Gone Girl actually. I mean I liked the twists, but I didn’t love leaving feeling so “ugh” at the end. But that’s just me! She wrote really well though!

  3. Hey! I read Blackberry Winter this month, too. :)

    I thought it was great. BUT if we’re talking dual-time narratives/mysteries, I enjoyed The Secret Keeper more. If you didn’t get a chance to read that one, you should! And if you did read that one, try Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden. It’s also really good.

  4. I’m a huge fan of Subway sandwiches! My go-to order is turkey with pepperjack cheese, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, lots of spinach, cucumbers, banana peppers, and avocado on wheat. Yummm.

  5. Currently reading the book and yes I love it

  6. RUN, don’t walk, to the library for Defending Jacob by William Landlay. It was UNREAL. Better than Subway’s sweet onion dressing! I also just finished Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi. WOW is all I have to say about her journey to 82 pounds and back to health.

  7. I’m praying for the warm weather soon too! Looks like it will be happening early over here, which is nice!
    I’m about 1/4 of the way through now can’t wait to finish it! I have a feeling I won’t be able to put it down.

  8. Lauren says:

    I was honestly diappointed by the book. I felt like the pacing was off, the writing was of mediocre quality, and it was somewhat predictable. I like the concept though and it was definitely a page turner. I felt like it was more of a beach read, chick-lit type book. I love that it was set in my home town though!

  9. I loved Blackberry Winter! I was so involved in the story that I never wanted to set the book down!

  10. I’m loving Jodi Picoult books lately! It’s all I read. I’ve read like 8!
    Awww best hubby. If I get subway it’s usually a 6inch wheat with roasted chicken, cheese, tomato, cucumber, capsicum, lettuce, carrot and onion. I like extra salads 😉

  11. Cute little boy!


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