June left her home in California years ago, and made New York City her new home. When the news comes that her great-aunt has passed away left her children's bookstore to June, she has to go home to handle it. June's plan is to close the bookstore and sell the building, so she can return to New York City.
However, she finds a few surprises when she returns to California. Her great-aunt has left a scavenger hunt for June, consisting of letters between herself and Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon and other children's books. The letters show June that she and her great-aunt were more alike than she realized, but that her aunt also had a few secrets, which June becomes determined to discover.
This is a wonderful book, and one of the best I have read in a long time. It is very well-written, with an intriguing plot.
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.
“Delightful and uplifting.”—Historical Novel Society
“Eminently readable . . . a tribute to family and forgiveness.”—Booklist
Praise for Sarah Jio and her novels:
“Jio has become one of the most-read women in America.”—Woman’s World (on Morning Glory)
“Linger[s] long after the last page.”—Romantic Times (on The Last Camellia)
“Terrific … compelling … an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance.”—Real Simple(on Blackberry Winter)