A charming story about a woman who inherit her great-aunt's much beloved bookstore. Business-minded June prepares to close the financially struggling shop for good, but in the process, she discovers a heart-warming secret about her great-aunt, which leads to more discoveries about life's simple joys.— From Mary Ann's Picks
June 2014 Indie Next List
“June Anderson is a high-powered New York City banker specializing in business foreclosures when she learns that the aunt who raised her has died and left her iconic children's bookstore in Seattle to her. Through an epistolary scavenger hunt, June discovers the answers to many secrets, not the least of which is how Aunt Ruby was the inspiration for Margaret Wise Brown's classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon. This is a charming story of love, friendship, family, reconciliation, and finding your true place in this world. Delightful 'comfort food' for readers!”
— Jennifer Gwydir, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
The New York Times bestselling author of Always and Blackberry Winter takes Goodnight Moon as inspiration for this remarkable story of friendship, love, and the mystery behind this beloved classic.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) 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.
About the Author
Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels. She is also a longtime journalist who has contributed to Glamour, The New York Times, Redbook, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Self, and many other outlets, including NPR's Morning Edition, appearing as a commentator. Jio lives in Seattle with her three young boys.
Praise for The Last Camellia
“This tale has it all: an English garden, a brooding lord of the manor, and a story that bestselling author Jio deftly unveils as fast as you can turn the pages.” –Coastal Living
“Jio infuses her haunting story of love and loss with an engrossing mystery that will linger long after the final page.” –Romantic Times
“The images of the flowers, the landscape and the manor house are vivid and make for a tantalizing read.” –Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging story of two generations trying to move forward despite the powerful pull of the past. A thoughtful examination of history’s ability to haunt the present and the power of forgiveness to set things right.” –Booklist