Book Review: Goodnight June

Why I picked it: I will read almost anything written by author Sarah Jio, her stories are simply readable.

Goodnight June Publishes May 27 - a must read!

Synopsis: Goodnight Moon 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

Quick Take: Goodnight June is the first book I have read in a long time that I read in a day or two.  I know what to expect from Sarah Jio, a well written story that's absorbing and pulls me from life for a few days.  She has a talent for weaving a current day story with the past.

What did I love about this book? The backdrop is a much loved children's bookstore, filled with first editions. June inherits but doesn't have time for the store, she's planning to close/sell the building until her Aunt sends June on a treasure hunt that uncover family secrets, including letters with the author of the much loved book Goodnight Moon.  While her family history begins to unfold, she realizes that her life in NYC may not be perfect and is forced to make decisions regarding her future.

Recommend for book clubs? Absolutely

Speaking of book clubs, the Manic Mommies Book Club met with Sarah in 2011, to discuss The Violets of March, click here to listen to our discussion.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Source: Review Copy (NetGalley)

4 comments

  1. Goodnight Moon is my favorite childhood book, I know every page inside and out and when I read it to my kids who are now 8 and 11, they don't think I'm so silly that I still want to read it to them.

    Thanks for the recommendation for Goodnight June - I can't wait to check it out.

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  2. I have this one bookmarked on Amazon! Can't wait....

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  3. I've been working on the list for the rest of the year for the Bookworms; might just have to add this one in. I'm hoping to get to it soon.

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  4. Thanks for your great post.

    I need to read at least one of her books. :)

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