The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

Remember when Sarah Jio conferenced in on my Book Club? She mentioned that she had a book coming out in the winter. That book, my dear friends, is The Bungalow.

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The synopsis reads:

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.

The Bungalow is similar to Jio’s Violets of March in that both have a modern-day protagonist who takes the reader back into history. Both books tell tales of love, betrayal and mystery. While I’m no history buff (and tend to stray from all forms of historical fiction or anything to do with history whatsoever), both were enjoyable, quick, easy reads. It’s great to shake things up a bit and when you combine romance and mystery it’s a total win in my book.

Kudos to Sarah on a job well done. Can’t wait to read your next novel!

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