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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,988 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Jio Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469217369
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/20/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a lot of sadness, but the story is unique and pure and focuses on grief and the grieving process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Belt | 2/19/2014

    " Beautiful! Touched my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Douglas | 2/19/2014

    " I'd actually rate this a 4.5 except for a few inconsistencies and situations that just happened to be too convenient for the story line. This was the first book I've read by this author and I did enjoyed it very much. When a newspaper reporter starts research on an article she has no idea that the mystery she needs to solve will involve her actual family and what happened over 80 years ago. Jio has a very soft, factual way of writing that takes the reader right into the story. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. I liked how Jio allowed the story to have a happy ending and how she tied up all the loose ends. I definitely need to read more of her books. This was just a lovely story, especially for women who love their children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2014

    " I needed something a little lighter after the last two books I have read, so I grabbed this....to bad it is about a missing child. That said, it is a very fast read. It is tow different stories, fifty years apart that are, of course, intertwined. A little predictable, and It ends a little abruptly, but still decent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com | 1/26/2014

    " I quite literally devoured this book in one sitting, only sitting down a short time ago to begin reading it. Jio writes such a beautiful, painful and engrossing story that the characters become etched in your heart. The story is nothing short of a masterpiece. I absolutely became so immersed in this novel, both wanting to see how it ended but also wanting to savor every page. I just loved it, every word. I cannot wait to read other books by Jio! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole LeBlanc | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book. Best book I read in a while. Great story. Definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Anderson | 1/24/2014

    " I have never read a book this fast in my life, and there is a reason for it. The story had me captivated from the beginning. I loved how a cliffhanger from one parallel story was revealed from the other. I highly recommend for a cold winter day tucked under the covers with a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Morris | 1/21/2014

    " Blackberry Winter, a half mystery, half love story that had me mesmerized. A little boy disappears during a freak snow storm in Seattle, May 1933 and is never hound. A news journalist looks to solve the case after a similar storm today. As she searches for information on the little boy, she overcomes a personal tragedy of the past year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Sorken | 1/7/2014

    " Good story, but written like a soap opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/22/2013

    " Great read that is light enough to enjoy with enough depth to keep the reader engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 12/20/2013

    " As usual, Jio brings it. And delivers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 11/19/2013

    " A quick read and a good book, although fairly predictable as to how the plotlines are going to intersect. I would still like to read more by Jio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 10/28/2013

    " I loved this book! I could not put it down and finished it in one day. I can't wait to read more of Sarah Jio's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Winters | 10/27/2013

    " Really good but I thought A bit predictable . I liked violets of march better but definitely worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 10/24/2013

    " I have read every book Sarah Jio has written and I love her writing. What I love is how Sarah is able to intertwine the decades together. I love the histories in the books and she describes them so beautifully, it just draws you into the world Sarah Jio has created. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 9/23/2013

    " To easy to predict. found it a slow boring read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 8/29/2013

    " I feel bad only giving this book 2 stars as it was a great read, a real page turner BUT the characters felt one dimensional and I found the story was just too far-fetched, convenient and coincidental to really be a "good book". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Like a lot. The story line was interesting. Flashed back and forth between different characters set in the past and the present. Kept me on my toes. Lots of twists an unexpected turns. Love!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 7/19/2013

    " I really loved this novel and can't wait to read her next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/15/2013

    " Another great Sarah Jio novel. She always mixes history, romance, and just enough intrigue to keep reading so that you can't put the book down until yo are finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KBev | 1/12/2013

    " Received an e-galley from the publisher. Review to come soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 11/9/2012

    " what a fabulous book from a great writer! I think this may be favorite of Sarah Jio's so far. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 10/20/2012

    " Another gem by Sarah Jio. She is quickly becoming my favorite author. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah JioSarah Jio lives in Seattle with her husband, their three young children, and a golden retriever named Paisley.
About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King, Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, She studied theater at Hofstra University and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school. Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as Slayers and Pokémon. She has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, she has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. She is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.