Monday, February 20, 2012

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting.

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years. ~~ synopsis from Amazon

My thoughts on The Bungalow ~~

Once again, Sarah Jio has written another beautiful story. I absolutely fell in love with her first novel, The Violet of March. I now have a second love. 

The Bungalow takes place during World War II and is the story of a nurse and a soldier who meet on Bora-Bora where they are both stationed. She is engaged back home but falls in love with Westry. Their encounter is such a romantic, sad love story.

I was totally drawn into their world by Ms. Jio's excellent writing, I hesitate to use the word 'beautiful' again but that is exactly how I would describe her writing. It is just beautiful! The words flow off the page and into my head, making me feel like I am in the story and I never want to leave.

Here a a couple of lines from the book that I love ~~ 

'I'm just saying that this place has a way of revealing the truth about people, uncovering the layers we carry and exposing our real selves.' 

'I nestled closer to him, wrapping my arm around his just as two wine-colored leaves fell from a nearby tree branch, dancing in the autumn breeze on separate paths before falling softly to the ground, where they settled on the damp earth, side by side'. ~~ Isn't that just beautiful?  

Ms. Jio's next novel, Blackberry Winter, comes out in September. 
I can hardly wait! 


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