Review: Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

From Goodreads: 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.

Jennie’s Thoughts: I have been a fan of Sarah Jio’s novels since I randomly picked up her first book at the library. Her stories are rich and beautiful. Gorgeous writing, interesting setting, and complex-but-relatable characters.

Morning Glory was another fabulous story, and had me laughing and crying. The way she weaves the past and the present together is perfect. I loved the house boat setting…it appealed to my inner lake house obsession. The thought if kayaking to a neighbor or friend’s house is so delightful!

And, like her previous novels I’ve read, this story is full of heartache and joy. Broken characters heal and some find their happy endings. But for some, their path changes in ways I never expected. The main character’s loss in this book was a little too close to home and touched on things I’d rather not consider, and even through this, I still felt invested in the story.

This was my final read of 2013 and an incredible book to end the year on! Have you read any of her novels? Which is your favorite?

1 Comment on Review: Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

  1. The Many Thoughs of a Reader
    January 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM (4 years ago)

    I absolutely adored The Violets of March and devoured it. I wish I hadn’t given it to a friend cuz I’d totally reread it. I got Morning Glory and another one of her books but the name is slipping my mind for Christmas. I’m weird and I’ve been trying not to read all of her books yet cuz I know I will love them and I want to savor them and know I have more left to read!