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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

Title:  The Bungalow
Author:  Sarah Jio
Publisher:  Plume
Release Date:  2011
Pages:  320
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
About the Book:  A sweeping saga of long-lost love, a mysterious painting, an unspeakable tragedy and the beach bungalow at the center of it all ... 

In the summer of 1942, newly engaged Anne Calloway 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.

Wanda's Review:  This is a book you'll not soon forget - beautifully written and just pure reading pleasure. A story of a wartime romance that blends the past with the present and is rich in history with a bit of mystery that is just packed with surprises. This is a book I read a while back, but one I keep thinking about - probably my favorite of her books.  Sarah Jio is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. A wonderful read!

About the Author:  Sarah Jio is the author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, a Library Journal Best Book of 2011, and THE BUNGALOW, both published in 2011 by Penguin (Plume). Her third novel, BLACKBERRY WINTER, will be published on September 25, 2012, and her fourth, THE LAST CAMELLIA, is out in June of 2013. Sarah is hard at work on her fifth novel. Based in Seattle, she's the health and fitness blogger for and has contributed to major magazines, including Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Health, American Baby and many others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. To learn more about Sarah, visit