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The New York Times bestselling author of Always and Blackberry Winter takes Goodnight Moon as inspiration for this remarkable story of friendship, love, and the mystery behind this beloved classic.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.
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.
I have loved every book written by Sarah Jio. She definitely has a gift for story telling and making you feel as if you were right there with the characters. There are VERY few authors for which I will preorder a book because so many times I feel the books begin strong and end up as duds.
I love the setting of Seattle and while I’ve never been there (yet), I feel as if I had. I love the story premise and the mystery that June unravels in the search for herself and memories of her Aunt Ruby. I loved the surprises and the twists and turns, some of which I did not see coming. It’s a poignant story about love, loss & the power of forgiveness. I can really appreciate the love of books and instilling this love in children early. Me, I had learning and speech disabilities so I did not read a lot as a child, but as an adult I’ve discovered the magic of books and how they can deliver us to another place and time and transform us.
Without revealing too much, my only criticism of this book would be that I’d like to see the modern day romance a little less in your face and predictable. That one, I could see a mile away.
You cannot go wrong in reading any book written by Sarah Jio. Top of my list is The Last Camellia, followed by The Bungalow. She’s a magnificent writer and now, unfortunately, I am going to have to be patient while I wait for her next book!
My favorite!!!!! Sooooo good!!!
This book is awesome, one of my favorite! I highly recommend it.
While I found the book a little so at first, overall I LOVED Good Morning June! I think Sarah Jio is an amazing writer. I have enjoyed reading all her books. Waiting impatiently for her next book.