Mystery lovers will enjoy the She Reads October Book Club Selection, Blackberry Winter, by Sarah Jio. The book is set in Sarah’s current hometown of Seattle, Washington, and alternates between the Depression era and present day. In both stories, a late snowfall sends a woman in search of answers after losing her child.
In 1933, single mom Vera Ray leaves her three-year-old son, Daniel, home alone because she has to work as a hotel maid. When she returns in the morning, Daniel is gone and his teddy bear lays outside in the snow.
In the present day, newspaper reporter Claire Hanson must find a hard news angle for the “blackberry winter” story. She uncovers Daniel’s unsolved disappearance, and in her pursuit of the truth, must deal with the facts of her own wreck of a life; things are still in shambles a year after losing her unborn child in an accident.
As I write this–on Sunday, October 28, 2012–Blackberry Winter is available for $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle Store. The deal is good for today only.
However, there’s still a few days left for you to win one of the beautiful giveaway items on the She Reads October Book Club Selection post for Blackberry Winter. Leave a comment over at She Reads and you’ll be entered to win the pictured “box of blackberry bliss.” This is also where you can find links to other She Reads Blog Network reviews of Blackberry Winter.
One of the extraordinary things about the She Reads blog is that the author contributes to the blog throughout the month. Sarah Jio wrote about The Story Behind the Story of Blackberry Winter and even shared photos of her current writing space in a separate blog entry; Sarah is writing her fifth novel on a houseboat in Seattle.