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If you ever are looking for a “I Don’t Know How She Does It” example, Sarah Jio is your woman. This mother of three young boys has published FOUR incredible novels since the spring of 2011 (not long after her third child was born) and has a fifth novel coming out later this year. From the time I picked up The Violets of March, I instantly became a fan, telling everyone I knew about her amazing writing talent. She has a way of bringing together the past and present in her intricate and engaging novels. I recently finished The Last Camellia and all I can say is that you’ll need to hide away from all distractions so you can read it straight through. And thanks to her post today, you’re guaranteed to have a movie going through your mind as you read it. (I can say with certainty that I completely agree with one of her choices, but will leave you to do the guessing as to which one.)
Sarah Jio is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels with Penguin: The Violets of March (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011), Blackberry Winter, The Bungalow and The Last Camellia (coming May 28th). Her fifth novel, Morning Glory, will be published by Penguin (Plume) in November and is already available for pre-ordering. Sarah is a frequent magazine contributor who has written for O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Real Simple and many other publications. Her novels have been sold for translation in 20 countries. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Seattle. To learn more about Sarah, visit her at her website, Facebook and Twitter.
Addison: Rachel McAdams would be an excellent Addison, who is the modern-day heroine of my story. She is driven by her curiosity and love for nature, and yet she is burdened by the pain of her past.
Rex: Addison’s British husband is loving and refined, and Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey) would play the part perfectly.
Flora: Michelle Williams would be an excellent choice for Flora, my heroine from the 1940’s storyline who is a young American who takes a job as a nanny at the Livingston Manor. Flora is a troubled soul with a love of the beauty of nature, and I can picture Michelle Williams, as Flora, wandering through the camellia orchard.
Desmond: Hugh Jackman would play a great Desmond, the love interest for Flora. He has a certain debonair charm about him, and yet he is funny and off-the-cuff, too (and he can sing: a plus!).
Mrs. Dilloway: The housekeeper at the Livingston Manor, Mrs. Dilloway plays a part in the past and present story line. In the 1940s, she was the young housekeeper who oversaw the bustling household, and kept its secrets, too. In present day, she’s haunted by those secrets. Maggie Smith (who also plays the Dowager in Downton Abbey) would be my choice for Mrs. Dilloway in the present day.
Thanks to Sarah for visiting with us and sharing her movie cast for The Last Camellia. Thanks to Plume, we have TWO sets of Sarah’s novels for some lucky readers in the US and/or Canada.
How to win:
Tell us your favorite movie that takes place in a different time period from the past.
One entry per person.
US/Canada only. Giveaway ends May 27th at midnight EST.