What I’m Reading Wednesday

18 Dec


I was surprised with an early Christmas gift (thanks Dad!) in Sarah Jio’s latest release, “Morning Glory.”

After I read Jio’s first novel “The Violets in March,” the Seattle author quickly became one of my favorites. Her latest novel is book No. 5 for her, and in true Jio style, you really have to have a free day once you start reading, because you’re not going to want to put the book down.

Jio rented out a houseboat on Lake Union for four months to research and write “Morning Glory.” As soon as I finished the book I Googled availability and prices of houseboat rentals for a weekend getaway this summer.

Jio continues her familiar formula of a love story told in two time eras with a side of mystery. In “Morning Glory” the story flips between 1959 and more present day on the same floating home. Ada is running away from tragedy and finds a new beginning and solace in the houseboat rental, but when she learns of the disappearance of Penny, a woman who lived in the houseboat nearly 50 years prior, she sets out to find out what happened.

Along the way, Ada finds personal healing and spiritual growth with a neighbor on the floating community.

I always enjoy reading about local sites, and what makes this book unique is that those sites are pre-Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

I always recommend Jio’s novels for book clubs and readers looking for something new to discover, and “Morning Glory” is no exception.

Jio already has her sixth novel under works — “Goodnight June” — inspired by the author of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon,” Margaret Wise Brown. Release date is June 2014.

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