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From the New York Times bestselling author of Always and Blackberry Winter, 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Well worth the wait
A beautifully written story about love and loss, forgiveness and strength. The past of Penny Wentworth is beautifully weaved together with the present story of Ada Santorini. Both women disappear; one by accident and other intentionally, trying to outrun her loss and pain. Although one reviewer was not happy with the epilogue, I was grateful for it. Sometimes, you just need to know the details. Yes, there is a tad of predictability within this book, nor did I feel it had the same depth as The Bungalow or The Last Camellia, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, but there are also surprises. I love the way Sarah Jio breathes life into her characters. Her female characters are always strong, smart and have a tough survival instinct. This book was worth the wait, and I'll be waiting for Sara Jio's next book to come out.