|Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM|
Sarah Jio’s Goodnight June is a literary treat for bookworms: the majority of the novel takes place in a bookstore, and the central mystery involves the talented (and endearingly quirky) Margaret Wise Brown, author of beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon.
From the publisher’s website: 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.
Margaret Wise Brown’s character was written so well, I could hear her vibrant voice in my mind as I read the pages. And the mystery surrounding Brown and June’s aunt, as well as witnessing June struggle on her journey toward a fuller life, kept me turning the pages.
As with Jio’s other novels, I did not want to put this one down. Jio’s The Violets of March and Blackberry Winter are my favorites, and this one definitely makes that list.
With suspense and lots of heart, Goodnight June is a must-read.
(I received an e-book copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
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