New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle's Lake Union - home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959.
Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor's fate, but little suspects that Penny's mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.
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"[F]lashbacks to 1959 are so strong that readers may lose patience with the present-day narrative, while the town's secret is too easy to figure out. Fans of Jio's previous works should find that the depth of feeling in her writing overcomes the drawbacks." - Publishers Weekly
"Tragedy and redemption mix in Jio's latest treat for fans." - Kirkus
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Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March, a Library Journal Best Book of 2011, and The Bungalow. Her third novel, Blackberry Winter was published in 2012, and her fourth, The Last Camellia in 2013. This is her fifth novel. Based in Seattle, she's the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com and has contributed to major magazines, including Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Health, American Baby and many others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. To learn more about Sarah, visit www.sarahjio.com.
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