Two FABULOUS books came out this week, one by Sarah Jio and one by Beatriz Williams! Both are amazing, great, must- reads!
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
I really LOVED this book! Sarah Jio is a women’s fiction rockstar. She publishes 1-2 books a year and I can honestly say, they are all great. I still think The Bungalow is my favorite of her books but Goodnight June is right up there.
From the publisher, “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.”
And don’t we just love Sarah Jio for coming up with a fabulous novel incorporating Goodnight Moon?
A few quotes I loved:
“I hate that my heart has reserved space for someone who hurt me so badly.”
“It’s a terrible thing adults do; they color their children’s lives in the same way they’ve shaded their own.”
Rush to buy and read!
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
I liked Williams’ first book, Overseas. I ADORED her second book A Hundred Summers. The Secret Life of Violet Grant beats both of those! This book is really a historical fiction mystery- got your attention? William’s’ writing is so darn clever. Buy the book!
From the publisher, “Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.
Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant’s magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe’s fateful summer interrupts this delicate détente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband’s perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel’s shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.”
A few quotes I noted:
..and nothing soothes the battered solar plexus like a nice reassuring Epsom salt bath of male admiration.”
“I stepped outside and found that dawn was breaking all over Manhattan, the kind of fragile pearly pink sunrise that makes you want to climb on board a jet airplane and start a brilliant new life.”
I received digital review copies of each book. All opinions are my own.
What are you reading and where are you going?