Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review - Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson

Book Synopsis
From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.


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My Review 
Goodnight from London tells the story of Ruby Sutton.  She is a young American journalist who moves to London as a correspondent in 1940.  The novel details her life and work in the city, including the enormous stress of life during the Blitz.  She meets a handsome military captain, Bennett.  They both have secrets, and they slowly get to know each other and share their pasts as the war moves on.

This is a fascinating read about life in London during World War II.  Jennifer Robson is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, and she does a fine job at capturing the feel of the city during wartime.  The historical details are fascinating!

Ruby's work as a correspondent is especially interesting.  She faces the dual challenges of being a woman in a man's field, and being an American working in another country.  I found the details of her work, with interviews around the London area, especially compelling.

I loved the characters in this book -- Ruby's editor Kaz, her friends Vanessa, Vi, and Bea, and especially Bennett.  The friendship and slow blooming romance between Ruby and Bennett is so moving and beautifully written.

There were many plot twists and turns, as one would expect in a novel set from 1940 - 1945.  I felt they were very well done, and found Goodnight from London a really engrossing read.

Goodnight from London will surely be on my list of favorite books of the year.  I recommend it highly for other fans of historical fiction.   Five stars!

Author Bio
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

Find out more about Jennifer at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.

1 comment:

trish said...

I love reading about this particular time period. I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much!

Thank you for being on this tour!