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Sarah Jio
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Dec 27 2011

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting.

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-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 fiancé, 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 from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years.


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Praise for Sarah Jio and her novels:
 
“Jio has become one of the most-read women in America.” —Woman’s World (on Morning Glory)
 
“Delightful and uplifting.” –Historical Novel Society (on Goodnight June)
 
“Linger[s] long after the last page.” –Romantic Times (on The Last Camellia)
                                                                                                                                                    
Eminently readable . . . a tribute to family and forgiveness.” --Booklist (on Goodnight June)
 
“Terrific … compelling … an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance.” –Real Simple (on Blackberry Winter)
(-Karen White, author of The Beach Trees)

About the Author

Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March and Blackberry Winter.  She is also the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com, and her articles have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Real Simple, among other publications. She lives in Seattle with her three young boys and a geriatric golden retriever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Compelling - A Fantastic Read! Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I fell in love with this book. A love story first and foremost, The Bungalow is also a tale of friendship, forgiveness and growth amidst a gorgeous beach backdrop in Bora Bora that is surrounded by a raging war. This novel captivated me from the first page and I polished it off in a few sittings - which unfortunately is rare for me these days. The romantic angle really should have seemed over the top, but it actually worked, which surprised me at times and is a testament to Jio's writing.

The Bungalow had me wanting to hop on a plane, find a romantic bungalow on a beach and set up shop there. Oh, the writing and reading I could do. And the romance... I think anyone with an adventurous side can relate to Anne's hopping on a plane. Her sense of duty pushed her to go against the wishes of her family and finance, mere weeks before her impending wedding and she found a little something more on the island than she anticipated.

I never questioned the love between Anne and Westry and could feel how torn she was between the promises she made to the finance she left behind and her love for Westry during such an uncertain and devastating time. And how dreamy a name is Westry Green by the way? I recently read a post by Sarah Jio who revealed the story behind it. Westry Green is actually the name of someone she knew and she told him that one day she would be using his name in a novel. I think she has definitely done the name justice. Ahhh, Westry..... Westry Green...

Sorry, I got to daydreaming...

Anne was such a naïve and innocent character which contrasted sharply to her best friend, Kitty, and ultimately the war setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm read for a cold night Dec 27 2011
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read Sarah Jio's debut novel The Violets of March last year - and loved it. I had no doubt that I would enjoy her latest book, The Bungalow, as much. But I was wrong - I actually enjoyed it more!

Anne Calloway is ninety when her granddaughter Jennifer brings her a letter - one that asks questions about a murder in 1943 and so Anne begins to finally tell her story...

Anne has already gone against her well to do family's expectations for her. She and her friend Kitty both added nursing qualifications to their college degrees. "What we'd do with these credentials was of great concern to our parents. Heaven forbid we actually use them."

Anne's future is already planned for her - marriage to Gerard Godfrey, the local banker's son. "Mother and Mrs. Godfrey had planned the union since I was in infancy, of course. Calloways would marry Godfreys. It was as natural as coffee and cream."

But, it is 1942 and the War is on. When Kitty announces that she has enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and is shipping out for the South Pacific, Anne does the unimaginable - she follows her heart and signs up as well.

Kitty and Anne land in Bora Bora. Kitty sees it all as a grand adventure, while Anne is more reserved. But Anne is inextricably drawn to Westry, one of the soldiers on base. Together they discover an abandoned beach hut and it is here that they fall in love - and plan for a life together when the war ends. But the locals say the hut is cursed. And it may well be - a horrific event puts an end to their sanctuary - and their plans for the future.

Jio has again woven the past and present together to create an absolutely addicting story. But it is the past that captured me the most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it Oct. 19 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just loved this book, in fact I also love Blackberry Winter and can't wait to read more from Sarah Jio
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything! April 14 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Romance, history, friendship, hardship. I loved this book! The characters felt real and I felt invested in the outcome. I love Jio's books.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Sarah Jio! Dec 27 2011
By Laura Kay - Published on Amazon.com
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The year is 1942 and the country is at war. Twenty-one year old, Anne Calloway is about to marry a man she has known all her life. As Anne prepares to walk down the aisle, she begins to question the life set before her. Her best friend Kitty announces she has enlisted to serve as a nurse and is headed to the Pacific island of Bora-Bora to serve. Anne believes this is her chance to make sure she is about to choice the right life for herself. So Anne heads to Bora-Bora with Kitty.

Shortly after arriving, Anne meets a handsome soldier named Westry. Anne and Westry find an abandoned bungalow on the beach and they begin the processes of repairing it. While repairing the bungalow, they would leave each other little notes in and over time their friendship turns to romance. Then one evening everything changes when a shocking crime occurs. Anne's tour is over and Westry is being redeployed. Yet the mystery of what happened that night is still lingering. Will they find each other again, was their love the sort of love that stands the test of time and war? You need to read it yourself to find out, but I promise you will be glad you did.

I'm not sure about anyone else, but when I read I see the story in my head. Some books are more real than others. Sometimes they are even a little hazy and I get moments of focus. For me, The Bungalow was an old black and white movie straight out of my grandparent's generation. I was swept away by Jio's vivid descriptions and I loved every minute of it. I honestly could visualize the entire book! Once again, I couldn't put Sarah's book down! Thank goodness I mostly read after the kids went to bed because I was so engrossed in the story I lost track of time. I finished The Bungalow in a day.

When the story was over, I was left with a few questions. At first this really bothered me, but truthfully it makes the whole story more realistic. When in real life is everything tied up nice and pretty? Almost never. When the story ended, I was sad. I wanted more--I didn't want to leave these characters. I will now have to sit on my hands and wait for Jio's next novel to be published.

An absolute definite recommend! I recall after I read Sarah's first book, The Violets of March, saying it was my favorite book. I think after reading The Bungalow I can say Sarah Jio is my favorite contemporary writer.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating, romantic page-turner Dec 27 2011
By Camille Noe Pagán - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sarah Jio has done it again! I devoured The Bungalow just as fast as I did The Violets of March. As in Violets, The Bungalow offers readers several mysteries rolled into one compelling and often heart-breaking romance--this time between Anne, a woman engaged to a man she feels ambivalent about, and Westry, the solider who steals her heart when the pair discover an abandoned Bora Bora bungalow that was once home to a famous painter (I won't say who, but art enthusiasts will love the little slice of art history hidden within the plot). Jio has an amazing ear for dialogue and I truly felt like I was catching a glimpse of wartime life in the 1940s. Can't recommend this one highly enough.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good read for a cold day Dec 27 2011
By Luanne Ollivier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read Sarah Jio's debut novel The Violets of March last year - and loved it. (my review) I had no doubt that I would enjoy her latest book, The Bungalow, as much. But I was wrong - I actually enjoyed it more!

Anne Calloway is ninety when her granddaughter Jennifer brings her a letter - one that asks questions about a murder in 1943 and so Anne begins to finally tell her story...

Anne has already gone against her well to do family's expectations for her. She and her friend Kitty both added nursing qualifications to their college degrees. "What we'd do with these credentials was of great concern to our parents. Heaven forbid we actually use them."

Anne's future is already planned for her - marriage to Gerard Godfrey, the local banker's son. "Mother and Mrs. Godfrey had planned the union since I was in infancy, of course. Calloways would marry Godfreys. It was as natural as coffee and cream."

But, it is 1942 and the War is on. When Kitty announces that she has enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and is shipping out for the South Pacific, Anne does the unimaginable - she follows her heart and signs up as well.

Kitty and Anne land in Bora Bora. Kitty sees it all as a grand adventure, while Anne is more reserved. But Anne is inextricably drawn to Westry, one of the soldiers on base. Together they discover an abandoned beach hut and it is here that they fall in love - and plan for a life together when the war ends. But the locals say the hut is cursed. And it may well be - a horrific event puts an end to their sanctuary - and their plans for the future.

Jio has again woven the past and present together to create an absolutely addicting story. But it is the past that captured me the most. I loved the character of Anne, her decisions to follow her heart, her kindness and her innocence. Jio has captured the naivete of a young woman discovering herself in a turbulent time period. I initially enjoyed the character of Kitty as well, drawn to her sense of adventure. However, by the end of the book I quite disliked her. The setting itself is a character in the book as well. I was able to picture clear blue water, white sands, palm tree, island breezes and of course, the little bungalow.

Jio's writing flows easily and effortlessly. I was caught up in the story from first page to last. It's hard to pigeonhole The Bungalow into one genre slot. It's historical, but there's a (not too hard to solve) mystery as well, but the romantic thread is the most compelling. Yes, there are coincidences that tie things up quite neatly in the end, but you know what? - It works. For a feel good read to warm you up on a cold winter night, pick up The Bungalow.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could rate it higher Dec 29 2011
By mdowdy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to this book after reading Violets of March and purchased it for my Kindle the day it came out. Unfortunately I did not find it nearly as good and finished the book disappointed. It's very similar as far as the past/present story goes and how it's about two loves torn apart. The story was a decent one but it seemed rushed and quickly written. I felt that the character development was just not there for the love story of Anne and Westry... or for any of the characters really. It made it hard to relate to them or feel empathy for the situations they were in.
There was a lot more potential for this book and I wish I could give it 5 stars as some of the previous reviewers have, but I don't see how they were able to do that.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIve Big Stars! This is a poignant love story set during World War II. Dec 27 2011
By Heidi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Five Big Stars! This is a poignant love story set during World War II.

Summer of 1942 finds Anne Calloway living a quiet, sheltered life in an upper class neighborhood of Seattle. She recently graduated from nursing school and is newly engaged to the wealthy and handsome Gerard, someone she has known her entire life. Parental expectations gently prodded her into the engagement. The comfortable childhood friendship between Anne and Gerard has evolved into a warm, loving relationship but Anne finds little niggles of doubt in her mind. Is there something more to love? She chastises herself for questioning, yet she longs for passion and spark. The day of her ritzy engagement party, her best friend Kitty shows hours late in tears. She signed up for the nursing corps and will soon be headed to Bora Bora. Anne hastily agrees to go with her. On the tiny island Anne meets Westry. Soon, she is sneaking away to see him in an abandoned bungalow. Their relationship blossoms into a passionate romance. Caught in a time of war, they know they can't afford to waste a moment, for tomorrow they could be torn apart. In the small, sequestered bungalow, the two carve out a little piece of paradise. A place where they can hide from the turmoil of war. Inevitably, Anne loses her heart to Westry. As the tides of war sweep to the island, the men are called away to fight and Anne is set to return home. At their parting, a misconception sparks between them and then they are separated by an ocean of time and misunderstanding. Anne clings to the one memento of her life on the island, a gold locket worn around her neck. Seventy years later a letter arrives for Anne in Seattle. An inquiry into a murder that occurred while Anne was on the island. The fingers of fate pull a reluctant Anne back to the past. Old secrets and memories come flooding back. Can a lost love reignite?

What I Liked:

*This is an excellent historical fiction book set during World War II. I loved being swept back to those turbulent years of war, the time of my grandparents youth. The story takes you to the sun drenched shores of Bora Bora, where battles rage in the Pacific. It is a time of heated love affairs, fueled by the need for the here and now, for there may not be another meeting. It is interesting and heartbreaking to see how war ravages through everyone's lives. If you appreciate historical fiction, then you will love this book. I personally enjoyed getting a clearer picture of what the world was like for my grandparents in their youth. I found myself wishing that I could have heard all of their stories.
*I enjoyed the many facets of this book. There is Anne and Westry's affair, the war, the floundering of Anne and Kitty's friendship, a murder mystery and numerous other little tales. The author skillfully weaves all of these stories into a neat, cohesive plot, that is interesting, entertaining and throughly engaging.
*I am not a big romance novelist enthusiast, especially when it comes to pages of steamy love acts, that often overtake the story. To me, The Bungalow, is exactly how a good romance should be written. It is poignant, tender and passionate but it is done in a subtle manner. The love scenes have just the right amount of heat and passion, without delving into pages of lurid detail. Ms. Jio gives you a nice basis and then lets your imagination do the rest. I have to say, Wow when it comes to a bar of soap and tropical rain!
*I loved that I became completely absorbed into the lives of the characters. They felt like real people. I found by the end of the story that I cared very deeply for all of them. Ms. Jio does an amazing job with the characters and the story. Make sure you set aside time to read this one because once you start you will be completely drawn into Anne and Westry's world and you will hesitate to leave. A fabulous read with an ending that is well worth the journey.
And The Not So Much:

*Sarah Jio creates many memorable characters, but I felt that a couple of them lacked development. For instance, Gerard, the other man who holds a piece of Anne's heart. There is very little information on him and I wish that I had a little more detail on his life. Anne's mother is another person that was puzzling. I wanted to understand her a little better especially after Anne's visit to New York. The scene of Anne's encounter with her in the apartment was jarring and lacked any type of resolution.
*I appreciated that the story had many sub plots and most of them wrapped up neatly. At the end of the book though, I was left with a couple of nagging questions. I longed to know Mary's entire story. What happened with Edward and what led her to her final painful choice? I was not clear on all the motives behind Kitty's behavior. Why did she almost immediately begin to push Anne way on their arrival? Kitty had so many secrets and some of them were not fully revealed. Finally, I would love a little more insight into Anne's life and marriage after the war.

The Bungalow, is a book that I can wholeheartedly recommend. It is a World War II romance with a captivating story of love and loss. This is a book that will grab you and won't let go until the final pages. Even after reading this story, my mind is still lingering back in the bungalow with Anne and Westry. You don't want to miss this one. I was enthralled with Sarah Jio's book and I look forward to reading her other works. This novel will end up on my best reads of 2011 list!

Favorite Quotations:

"He was there, of course--in uniform, shyly smiling at me as the waves fell into the shore. I could hear them--their violent crash, followed by the fizzof a million bubbles kissing the sand."

"An old lady. I saw her every day, this woman, but her reflection never ceased to surprise me. When did I become her?

"You be yourself," she said. "And never ignore what your heart is telling you, even when it hurts, even when it seems like following it will be very difficult or untidy."

"I watched as the island grew smaller, until it appeared a mere dot on a map. A dot where so much had happened, and so much had been left behind."

A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Plume Publishing via NetGalley.
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