I was introduced to Sarah Jio when her novel Blackberry Winter was a Kindle Daily Deal. Her name had never crossed my radar before, but the book sounded good and it was on sale. Those are two things I can’t resist. I didn’t realize at the time that I would love her words as much as I did. Sometimes it takes a couple of books before I know I’ve found an author I love. I knew halfway through Blackberry Winter that Jio would be taking up a prominent spot on my bookshelves.
Her next novel, Morning Glory, is expected to be published November 26 and that feels entirely too far away.
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.
I love how Jio mixes history with the current times. Her focus on how the past can affect today is something I have always been fascinated by and I’ve yet to find an author who can blend the two as well as Jio. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason I love her novels so much, but there’s something about the characters and how timeless they are that I adore. I will be telling everyone I can to read her novels.
I will read anything Jio publishes and Morning Glory is no exception. I really can’t wait for this novel.