Review: Goodnight from London

by Amber
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I have been obsessively following along with Booksparks’ Summer Reading Challenge (#SRC17) and for participating in one of their weekly contests, I won a book! The book was Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson.

I was excited about this one because I really enjoy historical fiction novels, especially those about WWII.

This novel is based on experiences of the author, Jennifer Robson’s, own grandmother. 

The story started in 1940, when a young American journalist, Ruby Sutton, was asked to move over to London and cover the war, reporting for Picture Weekly.

When the bombing blitz happened, Ruby lost everything. With the help of her new coworkers and complete strangers, she got back on her feet and made a name for herself in London and in America.

I admire this woman. She was brave and curious. She chose to live in a dangerous place and tell the stories of those who had lost their home, their family, their pets.

There was a bit of a love story in this one, though, I found it awkward that it wasn’t really made clear between the two until near the end of the story. It could have used a little more tension and emotion.

If you’re in the mood for a lighter historical fiction story, I’d recommend this one.

Another thing to note is in the back of the book, there are a ton of resources. Robson shares what may have helped her learn more about the war. Great for history buffs looking for more books to add to your TBR list!

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