She Reads – The Violets of March
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.
September’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!
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?