Morning Glory

Morning Glory

by Sarah Jio
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Morning Glory: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
The_Book_Goddess More than 1 year ago
Sarah Jio has done it again!!! Just when I think there is no way she can keep writing amazing stories, she delivers Morning Glory. Similar to her prior stories which follow a contemporary story and a historical mystery to unravel, we are introduced to Ada, who is living in present-time Seattle in a houseboat, and Penny, who was the owner of that same houseboat in the 1950's. Ada is trying to escape a painful past and has moved to Seattle and is renting Penny's houseboat. While Ada is there, she discovers that Penny disappeared in a mysterious way and sets out to uncover the truth of the disappearance, while trying to learn how to move forward after a personal tragedy. This story was suspenseful and moving. Sarah Jio's writing never fails to transport me to another time. The characters she creates absolutely steal your heart. You truly feel the pain of the characters and you wish you could reach into the story and make everything better. If you want to be absolutely captivated by a well-written and engaging story, read this book. Also, a small treat in the story are the recipe's that are written out from Penny's journal...I can't wait to try some of them out. I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
Well, I did not see that ending coming! I liked it. I do feel bad for Jimmy though. Ada is trying to recover from a tradgedy and decides renting a houseboat in Seatle is just what she needs to heal. Life on the water in a houseboat atracts some fun, quirly and sad people. Ada comes upon a trunk left by a woman who lived on the boat many, many years ago and stumbles upon an old mystery no one is too willing to talk about. As Ada delves back in time trying to unravel this 50 year old secret she starts to forget and heal from her own hurt and finds a whole new life opening up for her. Reading Sarah Jio is knowing you will have a satisfying and mysterious good read!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
I love reading Sarah Jio's work.   She tells a tale from two time periods and somehow connects the stories flawlessly.   With one chapter focused on the present and the next on the past, two stories are spun deliciously together to a point where the past and the present meet. Sarah's characters are realistic and human with relatable emotions, flaws and personalities.   There is always a mystery and a touch of romance and a storyline that both arouses and sooths the soul.   For those who enjoy a twist of fate, it's an element included that just adds frosting to the the cake....So very good! I am always drawn in and enticed by Sarah's writing and she makes me feel her stories as well.   I think that's the part I always love the best.   To feel is to know, you are still human; I am still human.   Thank you Sarah Jio.   That's my review and I'm stickin'  to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. The storyline was great. A very suprising ending. First time I have read this author & intend to read more of her books.
Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
loved, loved, loved it!  perhaps her best so far.  i highly recommend any of sarah's novels and am looking forward to her next one! 
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, but not as good as Joi's earlier books.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Sarah Jio has written another fan favorite. I love her easy way of telling a story, well not one story, but two. This story was a little different for me I suppose because there was such a sad undertone for both woman. You know how things are going to end for poor Penny and you know Ada is running from her past. Even though the story has a sad undertone, Jio slowly pulled me a long and I began to see hope...hope for both Ada and Penny! I desperately wanted both ladies to have happily endings. I loved the slow growth of Ada, her back and forth feelings and struggles. When she began opening up about her past, her pain...I was a mess! I mean seriously, never ever...I was NOT prepared for the what. It made me love her more, root for her and Alex even more. Hope the two of them could move forward. Then there was Penny. Penny was just plain sweet. I honestly felt like I knew how things were going to play out, the who did what...nope. I again was not prepared. I haven't read a Sarah Jio book I didn't love and Morning Glory was no exception! It made me remember why I always rave about her books! I loved how her newest book was a bit of a change of pace in the sense that Penny's story wasn't all that long ago. I really enjoyed the change of pace. I also loved the houseboat! I kept picturing the lifestyle in my head! I just think it would be really cool to live on one! So the question is, am I recommending Morning Glory? YES! Go buy a copy, heck it's Christmas go buy a few copies and give them to the women in your life--they will love you for it!
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I love this book!!!!!!!! I have read all her books and I can't wait for her to write another one.
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bongie More than 1 year ago
A WONDERFUL BOOK FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS AND A FAST READ.
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Loved reading about the houseboat life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just look forward to Sarah's books because they are like delicious pieces of candy! That I wish could last forever.
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Love it!!!
sneps More than 1 year ago
Sarah Jio's Best Work So Far!! I absolutely loved this story!! It had me from page 1, literally. First of all, I want to live on a house boat, or at least stay in one for a week. Secondly, the mystery and love story is absolutely beautiful. Sarah Jio does not disappoint her readers, new and established fans of her work. Sarah has a gift of storytelling, and this is one of her best ones by far. Told in alternating voices and timelines, the reader will be introduced to Ada ( a widow, who also loses her daughter), and Penny ( a lonely wife of an artist). It is a story of love, loss, feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. However, as the flower itself: morning glory, the spirit cannot be truly broken and new life always springs up. It’s such a beautiful and tragic tale, that it left me truly missing the characters of the story at the end. Sarah Jio is a talented writer, who can write a character that readers will recognize, sympathize with, and feel connected to. This is a must read and should be on everyone’s TBR list for 2014!-BooksintheBurbs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a great read-loved the setting of this one.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review. In "Morning Glory", Sarah Jio does a nice job of intertwining the stories of two women, one from the present, one from 1959. I enjoyed the switches between characters, and between the past and the present. The characters felt real, as did the pain they felt from their circumstances. The houseboat community that serves as the setting for most of the novel is so beautifully described it becomes a character in itself. The end felt a bit too coincidental to me, but aside from that, I very much enjoyed the writing and the storylines. This was my first novel by Sarah Jio, but I look forward to reading more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah's books all are page turners. This book takes you back in time and in present day perfectly. I literally feel as if I'm in the story you truely are part of the book. Well written, easy to follow,and has a mystery your dying to find out what is going to happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*skips in, giggling like a maniac*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose whats wrong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he stumbles in clutching his side and collapses*