- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (May 2 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062675575
- ISBN-13: 978-0062675576
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goodnight from London: A Novel Hardcover – May 2 2017
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“Goodnight from London is another masterpiece by Jennifer Robson.” (Joy Callaway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society)
“Goodnight from London captures both the despair and the triumphant spirit of war-torn London through the eyes of Ruby Sutton, an American journalist, with precision and wit. Robson’s novel is an ode to the heroes of WWII, a touching love story, and a marvel.” (Fiona Davis, author of THE DOLLHOUSE)
“Jennifer Robson’s Goodnight from London is a beautifully written “you are there!” novel. I was pulled right into the characters’ struggles, victories and catastrophes in World War II England and France. Every time we say ‘good book!’ I’ll be thinking of this inspiring story.” (Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Royal Nanny)
“Enriched with authentic period detail, Goodnight from London is a fascinating, compelling tale of a determined young journalist in World War II London who not only observes but experiences firsthand the harrowing effects of the Blitz-and discovers love when she least expects it.” (Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Traitors and Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker)
“Historical fiction fans are in for a real treat with Goodnight from London. Jennifer Robson has created a remarkable heroine in Ruby Sutton, a young American journalist who arrives in London and finds her voice as well as a family and love during the heartbreak and devastation of the Blitz. This is a vivid, atmospheric portrait of the survival of love amidst the survival of war. This is my favorite of Robson’s books and I’ve loved them all!” (Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues)
“… Robson manages the familiar elements skillfully, relying on a sharply detailed evocation of the Blitz through the fresh eyes of a young American and on characters who defy their types with just the right splash of individuality.” (Booklist)
“Dedicated fans of World War II fiction will be surprised by new details about life during the Blitz that Robson presents here. Readers seeking history and romance will find plenty of both here.” (Library Journal)
“This novel has everything that I want in a good historical fiction book... This is my favorite book by this author so far and I look forward to whatever she writes in the future.” (Girl Who Reads.com)
From the Back Cover
In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. It’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.
Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.
As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby tries to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.See all Product description
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Best-selling author, Jennifer Robson’s latest offering, Goodnight from London, set in 1940’s Britain during the Blitz, pays homage to her grandmother, journalist Nikki Moir. Nikki inspired the character of budding reporter, Ruby Sutton. Nikki began at Vancouver News-Herald writing for the women’s pages until WWII came along providing opportunity for women journalists. With the men overseas, Nikki left the women’s pages behind, assigned to courthouse and military beats. Later she became a feature writer for Vancouver Province, interviewing Eleanor Roosevelt in 1949. Although their personalities are totally different, it’s about the struggle a female journalist faces in a male newsroom.
Hobson’s grandfather, Reg Moir, posted to London as an information officer in the R.C.A.F., served as a primary source. I have noticed among my writing colleagues this tendency to draw from their own lives and build with imagination.
With only six months newspaper experience on The American, twenty-four year old Ruby is assigned to be a staffer at Picture Weekly and sails overseas to cover the war. After docking in Liverpool, she is met at the station by Captain Bennett, friend of her new editor, Walter Kaczmarek. From the first moment she meets Bennet,”handsome as a movie star” p.24 to their quiet dinner in an Italian bistro, she feels at ease . Seamlessly, Robson weaves the love story into the plot.
Soon Ruby is reporting on bombings. Coventry Cathedral has both Ruby and the reader reeling at the devastation. Budding authors will champion Ruby Sutton’s tenacity to report news of the war and the Homefront, including a private interview with Eleanor Roosevelt under curious circumstances.
One poignant scene stays with me. Walking home from the office, Ruby hears a faint cry like the sound of a baby. She finds a young cat limping and terrified. His fur is singed; his whiskers burned off. “A rush of emotion swept over Ruby. She knew what it was like to be unwanted, hungry, desperate for love…..She had once been alone in the world and utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers.” P. 152
Amid the toll of the London Blitz, Ruby grows in stature as a writer. As an American, she is an outsider and brings a different perspective. We experience with her the constant air raid sirens. Nightly bombings take their toll on sleep, yet Ruby and the British people soldier on going to work exhausted and making do with meagre rations.
When Ruby’s hotel is bombed, she finds a real home for the first time in her life with the Tremaine family. She also experiences love with Bennett, a man whose top secret missions involve danger, intrigue and a most tender love letter.
“She had woken up feeling hopeful…..For nearly a week they hadn’t been troubled by a single air-raid siren and that had meant a week of deep, uninterrupted, restful sleep. She had a home…..she had work that challenged her. She had a cat named Simon.” P. 159 Though there is great loss with war, Ruby finds herself.
Robson’s strength lies in her smooth writing style, authentic settings and making the reader care about her well-developed characters. Though they face struggle, Robson rewards us with their personal growth, a sensitive love story, and an uplifting ending
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