Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Morning Glory by Sandra Jio

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Plume Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Today I have an interesting book that was just released!

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New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959
Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

This is a quick enjoyable read, typical of Sarah's 'contemporary story with a past mystery' plot line. Ada and Penny are both flawed, relatable,  and likable. The middle dragged a bit for me, but once I got past that I enjoyed the way the book ended- perfect for Christmas reading. Though I did wonder if Sarah had watched too many showings of The Lion King and had 'The Circle of Life' stuck in her head while crating the plot, as so many things came round full circle, LOL. If you loved Sleepless in Seattle, you'll love this book, it's a modern retelling! 

About the Author:
Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of four books, this is her fifth. Sarah is also the former health and fitness blogger for She has written thousands of articles for national magazines including Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Sarah lives in Seattle with her husband and their three young boys.  Check out her website for more.

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