Monday, May 22, 2017

TLC Book Tour: Goodnight From London

Goodnight From London is set during one of my favorite time periods: World War II.  I felt like I was in London right along with Ruby as she reported on the war and the people affected by it.

Synopsis taken from Amazon:

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.

Although most of Ruby's new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.

As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.
Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
My Thoughts:

I loved this novel.  I instantly fell in love with Ruby, her lonely childhood, and the way she persevered.  This is one of my favorite time periods to read about and Robson left me feeling as though I could actually see the devastation in London and around England as Ruby traveled to various places. I especially loved Ruby's encounter with Eleanor Roosevelt, and her description of the First Lady.

Although I wouldn't classify this novel as a romance, I so loved Bennett and Ruby as a couple and was rooting for them throughout the novel.  Ruby's reporting of the war is the focus of the novel, but Robson had many more subplots going on that I wanted to keep reading and uncover how each of those would be resolved.

This was a great novel to curl up with on a rainy Saturday. I'm excited that Robson has three other published novels that I can read as well. I only wish we could catch up with Ruby in a few years and see how her life is unfolding.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review.  All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!