Sunday, February 2, 2014

Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

"I think back to that night, and I write exactly what happened. How he made me laugh until my sides hurt. How we stayed out until two talking at a greasy spoon diner. How I came to realize that some of life's most beautiful things grow out of the darkest moments."

Morning Glory is the merging of two worlds...two stories...two lifetimes.

Ada moves from New York City to a Seattle houseboat two years after tragedy has shattered her life into tiny pieces which she is left to walk over every day. Searching for solace from the heartbreaking loss of her husband and daughter [Jio leaves us hanging for quite some time as to how they are no longer with her] Ada chooses to try the relocation cure.

As she arrives in Seattle, her houseboat has its own stories to tell, as do the neighboring floating homes and their inhabitants. When Ada finds the key to the coffee table trunk, inside she will discover pieces of a mystery she is destined to solve.

The houseboat's former inhabitant, Penny, disappeared many years ago. As to whether she left of her own free will, no neighbors are willing to talk. The rumors have been flying for years, of torrid love affairs and unkept promises. Of a elusive young man thought to have whisked Penny away, or a jealous husband driven to murder.

As Ada herself is trying to come out of her own darkness she will learn that beautiful new beginnings can come from the most heart-wrenching of times.

The stories are woven together as neatly as the morning glory twisting and curling through the aged dock homes.

Cracking the neighbors' resolve will take time and patience. And Ada, being a writer, is the perfect person for this job.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, the tracing-a-past-mystery-in-quiet-setting theme reminds me a little of that other book you mentioned a few posts back, On Folly Beach. Definitely a common theme/approach there an it must run in the family because I have a fascination with those types of stories too.