Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).
B is for Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio.
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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...
I loved the writing of this book. The way that the plot transitions through the two time periods is seamless and beautiful. I felt like I knew Vera and Claire so well, felt the hope and heartbreak each had experienced, and never wished one time period would end so I could get back to the other. The description is precise without being overbearing. Sarah Jio is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Have you heard of Sarah Jio (she will make an appearance later in the A to Z challenge again). Can you think of another story that transitions between time periods well?