Review: MORNING GLORY by Sarah Jio



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.


Fleeing the bustling streets of New York after a personal tragedy, Ada Santorini finds herself renting a houseboat in Seattle.  She is quickly immersed in the close community of "Boat Street", making friends with its quirky longtime residents.  Upon finding a trunk of long forgotten memories in her rental she also becomes immersed in an unsolved disappearance of Penny Wentworth from over 50 years ago.
This story is told in alternating chapters - from Ada's point of view in the present time and also from Penny's point of view in the past.  We get to know and feel for both characters and their plight.  Each woman had their share of sorrow in their lives and I yearned for their happiness.

As Ada tries to move on and heal from her loss we see the wonderment of Seattle through her eyes.  I loved getting to know the small, tight knit community of house boaters.  The author lived on a houseboat while writing this novel and I loved the vivid descriptions that could only come about from experience.  This truly unique setting came alive in the book.

Ms. Jio does a superb job of weaving together the past and present (as she has done in previous books) perfectly.  The novel comes full circle at the end as we see the past and present collide when we discover Ada and Penny's fate.

4 stars for Morning Glory! I highly recommend all of Sarah Jio's novels!


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