Morning Glory

Morning Glory

A Novel

Paperback - 2013
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The New York Times bestselling author of Always 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 in search of inspiration and new opportunities. When she discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier, she is immediately drawn into this long lost story. Ever-curious, Ada longs to know her predecessor's fate, but does not suspect that Penny's mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge...
Publisher: New York, New York : Plume, Published by the Penguin Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9780142196991
Characteristics: xi, 291 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 23, 2015

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.

Jul 01, 2015

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 I likely would have, had I not read "Violets" first. That being said, I had been excited to read all of her I'm not sure that I will.

May 23, 2015

All of her books are good

skylars Jul 20, 2014

Loved the surprise twist at the end. Will surely read more books by this author!

Jul 13, 2014

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.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

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.

Feb 18, 2014

An excellent book. I'll be looking for more books by this author

Feb 06, 2014

This was a great book. Kept me interested from start to finish.

paulette4317 Jan 17, 2014

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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