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This was a fun book to read. My husband and I frequent Lake Union in our boat and I often wonder what life would be like living on a house boat. Penny and Ada gave me that chance.
After reading "Violets of March" I was thrilled for the opportunity to read another book by this author so was sorely disappointed with this one. It was as if she had take an outline she made for "Violets of March", changed the characters, setting, and some details, and then spit out the new book in an unoriginal and far lessor version. To be fair, my daughter read this book without first reading "Violets of March", so she enjoyed it...as I likely would have, had I not read "Violets" first. That being said, I had been excited to read all of her books...now I'm not sure that I will.
All of her books are good
Loved the surprise twist at the end. Will surely read more books by this author!
Another outstanding book by Sarah Jio. It is hard to put the book down as you fall in love with the characters. The ending is a happy surprise.
This novel moves back and forth between two women, one in present day and one in the 1950s. As the book begins Ada Santorini has chosen to leave New York City as a way to deal with her ongoing grief over the loss of her husband and daughter. She has rented a houseboat in Seattle for the summer and hopes to be able to find a way to move on with her life.
In the 1950s, Penny Wentworth has found that her new marriage is vastly different than she thought it would be. Her new husband Dexter, an artist, is away for long periods of time and yet doesn't want her to find her own occupation. She is bored and lonely, with the other wives in the houseboats around her older and accomplished in their own right. She is sympathetic to young Jimmy, whose parents seem to ignore him or dismiss his interests. As she begins to feel more abandoned, she dreams of a different life, with someone who really cares about what she wants.
When Ada finds a trunk containing Penny's belongings, she grows interested in the secrets surrounding this woman, and begins to ask questions that were buried for years.
This is a story of loss and grief, of moving forward despite those, of finding a life that means something and that speaks to your true self.
It is a story of expectations and miscommunication. It is a story of hope.
I enjoyed this read.
An excellent book. I'll be looking for more books by this author
This was a great book. Kept me interested from start to finish.
I really enjoyed this book. One of my better reads in the last few months. Loved the characters and descriptions of the scenery in Washington. I've read all her books now, and she keeps getting better.
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