Sarah Jio took the literary world by storm last year with her dazzling debut novel, The Violets of March, and her recently released second book, The Bungalow, sweeps us away again.
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio has everything we love in a novel: a beautiful cover (who doesn’t want to dive into this book?), a pull-at-your-heart-strings love story, suspense and mystery, rich history and vivid characters and setting. It’s been described as “a sweeping saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting…” and that is so eloquently put. Authors we love, like Kristin Hannah, are also raving about Jio’s breathtaking second novel.
In the summer of 1942, 21-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world – until they witness a gruesome crime. Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.
A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne’s determination to discover the truth about the twin losses – of life and of love – that have haunted her for 70 years.
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