Sarah Jio gives us a “Blast from the Past”…plus a book giveaway

sarahjioIntroduction by Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

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.

the-last-camelliaMovie Cast for THE LAST CAMELLIA

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.

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51 Responses to Sarah Jio gives us a “Blast from the Past”…plus a book giveaway

  1. pascale says:

    Such a different genre, but I LOVED the book, The Other Boleyn Girl. I could not imagine living in that time, but I love reading about it.

  2. I’ve always loved Romeo and Juliet. Such a classic

  3. Jamie Rosenblit says:
  4. Tiffany Drew says:

    Legends of the Fall, my all time favorite movie! Thank you!!


  5. Stephanie S. says:

    I love this giveaway! My favorite movie set in the past is Gone With the Wind.

  6. Debra Hearne says:

    Gone With The Wind!

  7. Oh…I adore Sarah Jio’s novels! She has such a way of taking you to another time. If I had to pick my favorite movie about a different time and place….Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley.

  8. Jessica kavanagh says:

    Little women! Can’t wait to read the last camellia!

  9. Shannon says:

    I loved Gone With the Wind.

  10. Chelsey says:

    The Notebook!!!!
    Such a fabulous romance 🙂
    I love the 1940s.

  11. Rhonda says:

    Gone with the wind.can’t wait to read The Last Camellia

  12. Ellen B. says:

    The Importance of being Earnest.

  13. itzhunic says:

    Gone With The Wind has got to be my all time favorite and that can be re-read plus watched over and over again!

  14. Summer Grinstead says:

    I love the movie Mary Poppins. It’s a childhood favorite.

  15. Bonnie K. says:

    I love Sarah Jio’s books. One favorite movie set in the past would be Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.

  16. girlfromwva says:

    I love the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

  17. You know that thing when someone asks you a question and your mind immediately goes blank? That just happened to me… I agree with the previous commenter who said The Notebook. I love that movie.

  18. The Notebook is my absolute favorite movie set back in time. Sarah Jio is another favorite author of mine.

  19. brn2shop9 says:

    I don’t really like movies that go back too far. Dirty Dancing is one of my favorites, so is Grease. That’s about as far back as I enjoy.

  20. Sonny N says:

    I thought about The Princess Bride and Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. Just two great stories.

  21. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    I love period movies………Gone With the Wind, Elizabeth, the Young Victoria, King’s Speech

  22. So many good options! To be different, I think I will pick The Help, though Austen adaptations aren’t far behind! I was surprised by how much I liked The Help (both book and movie) because I never thought it would be a time period that interests me but the story captivated me and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

  23. Melinda Garza says:

    Gone With the Wind

  24. Susan @ The Book Bag says:

    Dr. Zhivago – Love that movie! Thanks for holding this amazing giveaway!

  25. Suzy says:

    I’ve always loved Emma with Gwenyth Paltrow.

  26. Meg Munson says:

    Loved Blackberry Winter and can’t wait to read her newest book. My favorite old movie is Gone With the Wind. I’m also in love with Downton Abbey!!!

  27. ericasz says:

    I am joining the crowd I guess — Gone with the Wind is my favorite period movie (book too!). I would LOVE to win Sarah’s books. I’ve only read 2 of them but I want to read the rest.

  28. Jessica M says:

    I’m going to say The Notebook because it’s all I can think about right now.

  29. Christine L. says:

    “Some Like It Hot” is my favorite movie set in the past. I love screwball comedies! Other period faves include “GWTW” and “Casablanca.”

  30. Rita Wray says:

    Gone With The Wind, I love that movie.

  31. susieqlaw says:

    Pride and Prejudice

  32. I loved the new adaptation of Anna Karenina!

  33. Bridget O'Neill says:

    I loved The Help (book and movie). I think they did a great job adapting the book!

  34. Linda Sullivan says:

    the Wizard of Oz … I have seen it about a million times and I could watch it a million more. I just love the innocence of that movie. Such a simpler time back then and Judy Garland …. NO ONE could have played that role of Dorothy as well as she did ❤

  35. Tina Brannan says:

    Gone With The Wind!

  36. Sabrina-Kate Eryou says:

    Favorite movie would probably be Legends of the Fall.

  37. dbookaholic says:

    “Somewhere in Time”. I cry every single time. Never fails. I love this movie SO much that I plan on visiting the location where it was filmed with my husband someday.

  38. Jeryl M. says:

    I can’t think of a movie I like from way before now. However, movies from a time period before now I like The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing.

  39. Gone With The Wind is a classic!

  40. Bridgett says:


  41. Karen H says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  42. Water for Elephants is one if my favorite books and movies.

  43. Kim W says:

    The Titanic ❤

  44. Kathy P says:

    I remember seeing Titanic in the theater and how amazing it was.

    Love Sarah Jio. Would be thrilled to win!!!

  45. Beth C says:

    Titanic is my favorite.

  46. Sarah says:

    I enjoyed Hairspray a lot 🙂

  47. mep says:

    The Sound of Music, The Natural, Pride and Prejudice … guess I can’t choose one!

  48. Margie says:

    I liked Titanic. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Thanks to everyone for participating and to Plume for sharing the books with our winners. chose two winners from all entries with contact info (one per person).

    Congrats to pascale and polishingthesparkle!

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