She Reads – The Violets of March

She ReadsApologies to the guys in the audience – this post is mainly for the gals (but you can pass the info along to the females in your life).

Today I’m introducing my readers to a nationwide book club for Christian women. It’s SHE READS and it’s a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you love to read novels and you like discussing them with other like-minded women, this online book club is for you!

Each month, the She Reads book club offers one current title as a featured selection. Readers have vast differences in taste, so diverse genres and authors are chosen, with a total of twelve books per year. She Reads intends to connect readers with novels that:

  • inspire through excellent writing
  • explore deep issues of faith
  • initiate change in the reader’s life

You can join yourself, and you can even have your entire book club join. The She Reads website features a blog that regularly discusses books and faith; discussion forums that you can participate in as you read that month’s book; author profiles and interviews; and discussion questions you can use in your own book club. I’m excited about She Reads and will be blogging once a month about the current book selection.

violets of marchSeptember’s book is The Violets of March by Sarah Jio, a first-time novelist. This book is a bit unusual for She Reads since it’s not from a Christian publisher; so for many readers, it will spark some good discussion and exploration of questions like, What is Christian fiction? and What kind of fiction should Christians read? Here’s the synopsis of The Violets of March.

A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

I’m halfway through the book and really enjoying it… and I agree that this is one author we’ll be wanting to read again!

Sarah Jio

Click here to visit the She Reads homepage and blog.

Click here to visit Sarah Jio online.

Click here to purchase The Violets of March on Barnes & Noble.

Click here to purchase The Violets of March on Amazon.

Are you in any online or community book clubs? Why or why not? Do you think you’d enjoy the community of an online book club?

 

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  • http://dancingbranflakes.blogspot.com Dancing Branflake

    I love Sarah! I read her book in two days and instantly craved more.

  • Jackie Ley

    I love my community book group. We have a wide ranging taste in fiction and, since members take it in turns to propose books, we’re often pushed out of our normal reading comfort zone. Our discussions are always lively and proof that there are as many different opinions about a novel as there are readers. I’d participate in an online group, as long as I still had space in my schedule to read my own book choices as well.

  • http://www.fallible.com Katy McKenna

    I have yet to join She Reads, but I think it would be great for me. And now that you’ve introduced me to Sarah Jio, I’m itching to join! “The Violets of March” sounds wonderful, and has the prettiest cover I’ve seen in ages. Thanks, Rachelle!

  • http://jenniferlynking.com Jennifer King

    I agree, Rachelle. I really enjoyed reading Sarah’s debut, The Violets of March, and look forward to her next, The Bungalow. Sarah is one of the sweetest authors I’ve met, and balances writing (prolifically) with her very busy mom-life of caring for her three young sons. She is truly inspiring in every way. I’m glad you and She Reads chose her book!

    Though I read many books in a month, I’m not in an online book club, but might consider it. Thanks for the rec, Rachelle.

  • http://jessicanelson.net Jessica Nelson

    Thanks for the book club shout-out. Will ck it out.

  • http://sharonalavy.com Sharon A Lavy

    I put the book on my Amazon wish list. I always save the shipping by waiting until I have “enough”.

    Thank you, I will check out the book club. I want to study what makes the books inspiring.

  • http://thesweetescape.net/blog MissM_Jones

    Just ordered this book yesterday!

  • http://thoughtsthatmove.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    Probably won’t surprise you this one is on my TBR list. Love She Reads. Love my local book club. I trust word of mouth more when I’ve interacted with the readers in a book club. I get a feel for what they like and if it would match my taste.
    ~ Wendy

  • http://byline.peterdehaan.name/ Peter DeHaan

    Several years ago, Spike TV, which was fixated on reaching the male demographic was dismayed to learn that they had more female viewers than male.

    So, even though this is for gals, I wonder how many guys will participate incognito.

    (For the record, I will not be one of them.)

  • Susan Bourgeois

    Thanks for the tip Rachelle. This book club sounds wonderful.

    I’m going to make sure my daughter sees this post. She has signed up for your blog but I want to make sure.

    The type books you mentioned sound inspirational.

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  • http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com Deborah

    I read this book last month and LOVED it. I have an ARC of The Bungalow in my TBR pile and I can’t wait to get to it.

  • http://www.findtimefortea.com Kimberly

    I really enjoyed The Violets of March, great selection! For me this was a perfect example of judging a book by it’s cover. Gorgeous. Fortunately, the story was just as good!

  • http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/ Sheila (Book Journey)

    I really need to get my hands on this book. I have heard so many wonderful things about it.

  • http://foreverrewrighting.blogspot.com Melodie

    Oh, this sounds great! I used to live near Bainbridge – gorgeous country. And always love it when a Christian author has a mainstream publisher.
    Thanks for sharing about She Reads. I’m a voracious reader but DON’T read much Christian fiction. Ironically, if I see it’s from a Christian pub, I avoid it. Why? Too anemic, the writing is generally not that great and so many ideas are recycled. Amish, mail order brides, monsters that are supernaturally demonic. *yawn*

  • http://windowsandpaperwalls.wordpress.com/ Cathy

    I don’t read Christian fiction anymore. In fact, the only 2 Christian novels I’ve read in the last 7 years were Billy’s.

    If there were a Christian novelist writing to the level of Alice Munro or Leif Enger or Anne Tyler or Ron Rash, I would gladly read them.

    But only the top 5% of even secular authors are writing at that level.

  • http://www.ginnymartyn.com Ginny Martyn

    I totally AGREE with Melodie and Cathy on this one. There is something so played about Christian fiction. It’s the same with christian music; the sound is the same and the delivery is Sooooo lamentable.

    I don’t want to paint Christian fiction with the same broad stroke…but it’s all so Little House on the Prairie. And while there are some nice things about P31,it remains a very cookie cutter brand. If they shook things up and sought out interesting stories (not all sad or preachy)told in interesting ways, then the book club might be a lot of fun. But I doubt I’d see titles like Water for Elephants, Night Circus or even The Help. But who knows, maybe I’ll be surprised.

  • http://weightlossmastermind.com/ Alexander

    For my shame, I have not heard of this author, but seems very interesting! I will look for her books!

  • J.L. Mbewe

    Wow, that is is so cool that you posted about an online book club. I’ve checked out one out last year, but couldn’t quite get in its groove, perhaps because it was too big or maybe it was the season of life I was in. As authors, reading is so important and to be able to stay connected to that side of us can benefit our own writing. Since I am unable to attend a book club in person at the moment, I had decided to start an online book club of my own with emphasis in speculative fiction, but not limited to it. We shall see how it goes and I will definitely check out “She Reads”. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Carrie

    This book and book club sound great. Thanks for introducing us.

    I’m not in any community book clubs because I live in a teeny tiny town and the library book club meets at an expensive restaurant once a month for lunch and discussion. It’s really like they are trying to make it an exclusive club just by their choice of venue. I couldn’t afford the lunch or the dressy clothes that are required, but, heck yeah, I can do this online club!

  • http://alisonstrobel.com Alison Strobel

    I took a peek at some of the discussion on She Reads about The Violets of March–very intriguing! I definitely need to get this book!

  • http://girlseeksplace.wordpress.com Brianna

    I am in a book club at my local Jewish community center. We don’t read faith-based fiction or Jewish authors, though. Or rather, we don’t actively seek those things. We’re open to everyone. I love the sense of community I get from being a part of the book club, even if I don’t always have time to finish the book.

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