Goodnight June

Goodnight June

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store's papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown-and steps into the pages of American literature. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2014
ISBN: 9781101620038
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 08, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It was a light read- an "in between book" of sorts. It was predictable and a tad unrealistic but it's a story. And what's life without stories?

May 20, 2017

I loved this sweet book full of wonder. A great read as are all her books.

Mar 10, 2017

Read this book and thought it was almost like a romance novel. It was quite unbelievable in the relationship that "June has with "Gavin" and the way in which June finds out about her past. Characters are flat with the possible exception of Margaret Wise Brown and Ruby - June's aunt. We learn about them through their letters. Other characters are stilted and underdeveloped. I doubt I will read any more of this author's books.

MaryBee Nov 04, 2016

Coming in 2017, the story of Margaret Wise Brown.

ehbooklover Jun 22, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. The premise speaks to me (obviously!): the importance of reading and in instilling a love of reading in children. Yes, I saw the twist coming from a mile away, but somehow that didn’t matter. A wonderful, fun, and touching read by an author whose books I definitely plan on picking up again in the future.

Sep 11, 2014

this book came to me in the right time. Finding one's self. If you are looking for some light reading then I would pick this one.

booklady413 Aug 17, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much even though some of the storyline was predictable. However, the fact that it took place in a bookstore and involved love of literature and reading more than made up for the predictable moments. It was a great summer read. My favorite by Jio is The Violets of March.

Jul 21, 2014

I love novels about bookstores and this one surely does not disappoint!

Jul 16, 2014

This book is written with such elegance and intrigue, I never wanted to put it down!

LaughingOne Jun 29, 2014

Does the title remind you of anything? Yes! “Goodnight Moon”, the children’s book that many, many children have read (or been read to) over the years. Jio created a story that shows a possible origin for “Goodnight Moon” – the supportive friendship between two women who encouraged each other in their individual lives. I love this story! I love books and reading and spent much time in public libraries growing up, and then in bookstores, too. June practically grew up in a children’s bookstore in Seattle, spending days and weekends with her aunt Ruby, the bookstore owner. Ruby is one of the friends; the other is Margaret Wise Brown, author of “Goodnight Moon” and many other wonderful children’s stories. We learn about this friendship through June finding and reading letters that these women sent each other over years of friendship, as they met in school but ended up living on opposite sides of the US. (Ruby left them in her bookstore and left clues for June to be able to find them.) This book is a celebration of friendship and an inspiration to the readers to create and cherish our own friendships. There are twists and sudden turns in the story; broken relationships are mended; new relationships begin; people find and follow their passions. I read this in one sitting; I just couldn’t put the book down. I laughed and cried; I recognized myself in parts of the story. I do have one quibble and it’s about birth dates. I won’t say more but I hope you pay attention to that and see if you have a question about birth dates by the end of the book. Please do read the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book. It sets the stage for this charming story and is totally relevant to it. (Jio has written several other novels that I also enjoyed, but this one is now one of my all-time favourites.)


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Jul 21, 2014

A woman banker in New York City inherits her Aunt's children's bookstore in Seattle. She must decide whether to sell it or try to make it work. The secrets her aunt left for her in the bookstore help her to decide, not only how to save the store, but how to save her relationship with her sister.


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