Book Review: Morning Glory & Giveaway

December 5, 2013 book review, Houseboat, Lake Union, Plume, Sarah Jio, Seattle 10

Written By:  Sarah Jio

Published By:  Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House Publishing November 26, 2013

Length:  304 pages

Source: Publisher

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. (IndieBound)

My Thoughts:
Sarah Jio has a knack for building dual story lines.  In this her fifth novel she has written perhaps the best yet.  Jio has set this new book in an area she knows and loves, the houseboat homes along Lake Union.  She had the pleasure of renting a houseboat to use as her office and writing space while creating Morning Glory.

The women who are the two main characters are both so loving and wonderful, I cheered for both of them to find the missing love in their lives.  Ada is overcoming the a loss and heads to to Seattle to clear her mind.  The peaceful life along the lake is a welcome respite.  She meets quirky residents and a even a man who intrigues her.

When she learns more and more about the mysterious disappearance of former resident Penny Wentworth the journalist in her can’t help but dig for more.  The trunk she finds the key for is a wealth of information, but leaves more questions.  Penny’s life was in some ways different than her own, but Ada senses in Penny that desire to have peace. 

Jio weaves these two stories together in a way that left me reading on and on, never wanting to put the book down.  Not always a nice tied up happy story in every way, but this book gave each woman hope.  In the end I was hugging the book, pleased at what transpired. The imagery of the landscape and life surrounding Lake Union are beautifully pained by Jio.  I felt like I was there each time I opened the book. 

I highly recommend this book to lovers of women’s fiction and anyone who just wants a little escape.  

About the Author:
Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and a USA Today bestseller), THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER (an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller), THE LAST CAMELLIA (a Kirkus Books Most Anticipated Book of 2012), and MORNING GLORY (to be published on November 26, 2013)—all from Penguin (Plume). To date, Sarah’s novels are published in 22 countries, including Italy, France, Brazil, Turkey, Slovenia, Russia, China, Norway, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and many others.

A magazine writer and the former founding health and fitness blogger for Glamour magazine, Sarah has written thousands of articles and blog posts for national magazines including Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, Hallmark magazine, Seventeen, The Nest, Health, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Seattle Times, Parents, Woman’s Day, American Baby, Parenting, and many others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Sarah lives in Seattle with her husband, Jason, and their three young sons.
You can connect with Sarah on FB, twitter and on her website.

Thanks to the lovely people at Plume I have an Advanced Reader Copy of Morning Glory to give away.  Please leave a comment telling me where your run away place might be. Please include your email in comment. will help me choose a winner.  Contest open to US residents only, sorry.  Contest open until Monday December 9, midnight EST. 

10 Responses to “Book Review: Morning Glory & Giveaway”

  1. Literary Feline

    I have yet to read a book by Sarah Jio, although I have a couple of her books waiting in my Kindle for their turn. She’s an author I hadn’t heard about until this year and now all I hear is wonderful things about her. 🙂

    I wish I had a run to place. I suppose that would be my bed, armed with a book!

    No need to enter me in the giveaway.

  2. bermudaonion

    I’ve only read one of her books and I enjoyed it even though it relied heavily on coincidences. My run to place would be a private island! lol kathy(at)

  3. Hallie Sawyer

    I’m glad that you liked it Anita! I’ve been looking forward to reading this one and now you’ve sold me on it for sure!

    My run away place is the Colorado mountains. Every time I go, I never want to come home.

  4. Debbie D

    My run away place is to crawl back in bed for an hour with a good book after the kids have left for school and before I have to start work. My dream run away place would be to have a place at the beach.

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