Monday, June 6, 2016

Goodnight June

Goodnight June
Sarah Jio
284 Pages
ISBN: 978-0142180211
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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.

My Thoughts: 

It's no secret, I love Sarah Jio's writing, but what continues to amaze me about her books is the characters. Sarah creates lovable, relatable characters that her readers can identify with and champion for. This novel has a little something for every woman, touching on motherhood, relationships, sisterhood, friendship, betrayal, passion and the love that binds all those together. I love that Sarah dives into the unknown, creating a fantasy story to explain the why's, how's and who's in the life of the beloved author, Margaret Wise Brown. I must admit this story made me want to go purchase her entire collection of books by the time I was done reading it. Ms. Jio does a wonderful job of bringing to life the reality of being an author, a friend of an author, and a sense of familiarity to her characters that immerses the reader in the story. Sarah weaves a story of love, loss and discovery throughout the pages of this engrossing novel as a secretive past comes to light and helps to heal what has been hurt for so long. Simply put, it's hard to put this book down, but then again when is it easy to put Sarah's books down?

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