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The Bungalow: A Novel

by Sarah Jio

Plume | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Bungalow: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

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 from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March, 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.03 × 5.38 × 0.68 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452297672

ISBN - 13: 9780452297678

Found in: Contemporary

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely read when cold and blustery outside You get to know Anne Calloway, a 90 year old woman, who is telling her grand daughter about her adventures and heartaches in Bora Bora (taking place during WWII) whereby she and her BFF head there as she tries to figure out what she wants and who she wants to be. You are transported to an island of great beauty, but it has a rough side. Read and find out if they make out alive and with each other. But also what surprise lay ahead when a letter appears in her mailbox years later that Anne's grand daughter discovers. Hopefully you will be swept away in sweet air of tropical flowers and tradewinds off the turquoise waters that surround this island.
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second novel measures up I read Sarah Jio's debut novel The Violets of March last year - and loved it. I had no doubt that I would enjoy her latest book, The Bungalow, as much. But I was wrong - I actually enjoyed it more! Anne Calloway is ninety when her granddaughter Jennifer brings her a letter - one that asks questions about a murder in 1943 and so Anne begins to finally tell her story... Anne has already gone against her well to do family's expectations for her. She and her friend Kitty both added nursing qualifications to their college degrees. "What we'd do with these credentials was of great concern to our parents. Heaven forbid we actually use them." Anne's future is already planned for her - marriage to Gerard Godfrey, the local banker's son. "Mother and Mrs. Godfrey had planned the union since I was in infancy, of course. Calloways would marry Godfreys. It was as natural as coffee and cream." But, it is 1942 and the War is on. When Kitty announces that she has enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and is shipping out for the South Pacific, Anne does the unimaginable - she follows her heart and signs up as well. Kitty and Anne land in Bora Bora. Kitty sees it all as a grand adventure, while Anne is more reserved. But Anne is inextricably drawn to Westry, one of the soldiers on base. Together they discover an abandoned beach hut and it is here that they fall in love - and plan for a life together when the war ends. But the locals say the hut is cursed. And it may well be - a horrific event puts an end to their sanctuary - and their plans for the future. Jio has again woven the past and present together to create an absolutely addicting story. But it is the past that captured me the most. I loved the character of Anne, her decisions to follow her heart, her kindness and her innocence. Jio has captured the naivete of a young woman discovering herself in a turbulent time period. I initially enjoyed the character of Kitty as well, drawn to her sense of adventure. However, by the end of the book I quite disliked her. The setting itself is a character in the book as well. I was able to picture clear blue water, white sands, palm tree, island breezes and of course, the little bungalow. Jio's writing flows easily and effortlessly. I was caught up in the story from first page to last. It's hard to pigeonhole The Bungalow into one genre slot. It's historical, but there's a (not too hard to solve) mystery as well, but the romantic thread is the most compelling. Yes, there are coincidences that tie things up quite neatly in the end, but you know what? - It works. For a feel good read to warm you up on a cold winter night, pick up The Bungalow. Releases Dec. 27/11.
Date published: 2011-12-19

– More About This Product –

The Bungalow: A Novel

by Sarah Jio

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.03 × 5.38 × 0.68 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452297672

ISBN - 13: 9780452297678

About the Book

"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 fianc', 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"--

From the Publisher

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 from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March, 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.

About the Author

Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March and Blackberry Winter.  She is also the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com, and her articles have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Real Simple, among other publications. She lives in Seattle with her three young boys and a geriatric golden retriever.
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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sarah Jio and her novels:   “Jio has become one of the most-read women in America.” — Woman’s World (on Morning Glory )   “Delightful and uplifting.” – Historical Novel Society (on Goodnight June )   “Linger[s] long after the last page.” – Romantic Times (on The Last Camellia )                                                                                                                                                      “ Eminently readable . . . a tribute to family and forgiveness.” -- Booklist (on Goodnight June )   “Terrific … compelling … an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance.” – Real Simple (on
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