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The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon 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 l The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon 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.


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The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon 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 l The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon 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.

30 review for Goodnight June

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    this review will go live on the blog 6/5 You know those books you hear about that sound AMAZING, those books you cannot wait to get your hands on and cherish, only to be horribly let down? Allow me to introduce you to Goodnight June. Let's revisit that summary: June Andersen is the vice president of a very lucrative bank in New York where she oversees foreclosures, even personally shutting down beloved businesses. She's carved out a new life for herself on the East Coast and never planned on retu this review will go live on the blog 6/5 You know those books you hear about that sound AMAZING, those books you cannot wait to get your hands on and cherish, only to be horribly let down? Allow me to introduce you to Goodnight June. Let's revisit that summary: June Andersen is the vice president of a very lucrative bank in New York where she oversees foreclosures, even personally shutting down beloved businesses. She's carved out a new life for herself on the East Coast and never planned on returning to her past in Seattle until the day she received a letter; her great-aunt Ruby passed away and everything was left for June. Including Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby owned for decades. As much as June loved Ruby, returning home would mean facing things she's just not ready for. When she uncovers a secret Ruby kept hidden - her friendship with Margaret Wise Brown and the true story of how Goodnight Moon came to be - June finds herself enchanted. Could she possibly learn to let go and move on? Goodnight June sounded positively dreamy: a bookstore, an absolute classic work of children's literature (raise your hand if you had - or still have! - a copy of Goodnight Moon), and a treasure hunt! Nothing better, right? Sadly, this novel fell victim to the Matthew Pearl Effect (new friends to the blog, the MPE is where a story has an incredible premise, but the actual storytelling falls short - named after one-too-many disappointments following Matthew Pearl's works). Goodnight June sounded great, but the execution was anything but. There were so many issues I had with this novel, it would be easier to discuss what I did like. The idea behind the story? Ruby and Margaret's friendship? And that's where my praise ends. June, a painfully stubborn and immature woman, falls for a cute new guy and after two short weeks they're in love. The problem? Gavin is co-owner of a restaurant with his ex-fiancee. The ex-fiancee who's still in love with him. This doesn't matter to June though, because mere days after meeting Gavin, she suggests they team up, knock down a wall between their buildings, and combine the two businesses into a bookstore/cafe. ...and Gavin agrees. Uh.. Then there's the problem with the bookstore. The entire reason June left for Seattle was to settle her aunt's finances and sell the place. Ruby had amassed an overwhelming amount of debt and even if she were to sell her apartment and use her entire savings, June still wouldn't have enough to cover the cost. So what brilliant plan does Gavin come up with? Why not e-mail her boss to ask for money! And June does. She e-mailed her boss JUST ONE DAY AFTER QUITTING to ask him to help her pay the money Ruby owed. Honestly I'm surprised my eyes are still in my head they were doing so much rolling. Any obstacle or conflict that arose in the story was swiftly dealt with. There was nothing for June to work for. At one point she's trying to locate a man who had been given up for adoption in the 70s. It was a closed adoption and she only had the name he was given at birth. Well what do you know, June does a Google search, comes across a website for adults who had been adopted, and types up a post on their message boards. The following day she receives a reply. The entire book was like this. June's money problems? She holds a grand reopening (I was ROLLING at the scene where Bill and Melinda Gates randomly showed up along with big name authors like Clive Cussler) and gets a ton of donations. I get that this is supposed to be the Happy Ending, but I never saw it as a reward. June never had to struggle or put in any effort to reach her goals. My other big issue was with the actual writing. If this is what Jio's work is like after six books (with a seventh coming out later this year) I'd seriously hate to see what her debut was like: We pretend to be angry at each other for about three seconds before we hug. "I'm going to miss you," he says. "I'm going to miss you too." We sit at a corner table and talk and laugh over Americanos and blackberry scones, then continue our tour of Winslow, stopping at a wine store. Gavin buys a case of local cabernet for the restaurant, and an extra one for me. When I notice a bookstore, Eagle Harbor Books, across the street, we walk there next. I study the letter carefully and see that Margaret must have heeded Ruby's advice, because the letter has obviously been folded many times. Its creases are very deep and worn, as if she might have done just what Ruby suggessted. 'I hope you'll take what I've just written and put it in your pocket and save it.' She must have done just that. Of course, I should point out these are from an uncorrected copy. Her editor is definitely earning her paycheck with this one. Overly simple sentences - they went here, then they went here, then they looked at this - and an absurd amount of repetition (you think Margaret took the advice??). No thank you. It's such a shame that I truly have nothing good to say about Goodnight June but I certainly can see the appeal in Jio's works; Goodnight Moon was an extremely easy, very quick read with an abundance of fluff. Unfortunately, I wanted more from this book than I received.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Last year I read Blackberry Winter and absolutely loved it. A friend recommended this to me and when I found it to be the same author, I jumped at the chance to read it. Big mistake. This novel read like a bad Lifetime movie. Very interesting plot, but terrible execution! The characters were so stereotypical and one dimensional, it was cringe worthy. June is a tough New Yorker who never had time for love, at least not after she had her heart broken. She works herself to exhaustion and has no per Last year I read Blackberry Winter and absolutely loved it. A friend recommended this to me and when I found it to be the same author, I jumped at the chance to read it. Big mistake. This novel read like a bad Lifetime movie. Very interesting plot, but terrible execution! The characters were so stereotypical and one dimensional, it was cringe worthy. June is a tough New Yorker who never had time for love, at least not after she had her heart broken. She works herself to exhaustion and has no personal life, because that's what tough career women do, right? Enter the love interest, who is charming and sensitive and can cook! In other words, everything she isn't. You could see the "spoilers" coming a mile away and there were plot holes big enough to drive a car through. Not to mention that every single problem that came her way was able to be solved at the snap of her fingers! Oh no she can't save the bookstore! But wait, Bill Gates showed up! (Won't reveal other spoilers of how she actually saved the bookstore). Honestly, I struggled to finish. I will admit to liking "chick lit" and "beach reads" as much as the next person, so it isn't like I read nothing but Beowulf, but this one was way too sickeningly sweet for my taste. Everything wrapped up in the end in a nice little package with a pretty red bow. And I'll take a happy ending (no giggles!), but this one gave me heartburn.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol Brill

    Two stories in one-June's current day story (my preference) and a story of her great aunt's friendship with a famous author, Margaret Wise Brown, told through their letters. I always admire when an author has the imagination (and courage) to fictionalize a story about a real person. Both stories are about love and loss. There's a fair amount of telling, in part due to the aunt's story being told through letters. An easy read, I would have liked the characters to have more complexity and the plot Two stories in one-June's current day story (my preference) and a story of her great aunt's friendship with a famous author, Margaret Wise Brown, told through their letters. I always admire when an author has the imagination (and courage) to fictionalize a story about a real person. Both stories are about love and loss. There's a fair amount of telling, in part due to the aunt's story being told through letters. An easy read, I would have liked the characters to have more complexity and the plot to be less convenient and sentimental.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I listened to this audiobook. I adore children's books and this premise captured my attention. June is a high powered banker who upon her Aunt Ruby's passing is left her beloved, "Bluebird Children's bookstore." June must decide whether she should sell the old place or try to rejuvenate it. While going through her Aunt's old books she finds a letter. It is an old correspondence from 1946 with the famous children's author, Margaret Wise Brown and so begins the story. Her Aunt Ruby and Margaret Wise I listened to this audiobook. I adore children's books and this premise captured my attention. June is a high powered banker who upon her Aunt Ruby's passing is left her beloved, "Bluebird Children's bookstore." June must decide whether she should sell the old place or try to rejuvenate it. While going through her Aunt's old books she finds a letter. It is an old correspondence from 1946 with the famous children's author, Margaret Wise Brown and so begins the story. Her Aunt Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown were close friends and it is discovered that Aunt Ruby gave Margaret the idea for her most famous book, "Goodnight Moon." The story moves from past to present as June reads the letters. The past and present seem to collide as there is a theme of, "sisterhood" in the stories. There is a family mystery to be solved and secrets to be discovered. Although it is a fictional account of the "making" of, "Goodnight Moon" anyone who enjoys books will like this very touching and lovely story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    A story that contains many of my favorite ingredients, "Goodnight June: A Novel" takes the reader to the 1940s through letters between Margaret Wise Brown and a woman named Ruby Crain, a bookstore owner in Seattle. We first connect with June Andersen, a financial whiz working for a bank in New York. She is great at her job, but is beginning to suffer from high blood pressure and other evidence of stress. And then, serendipitously, she inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore, Bluebird Books, and goes to A story that contains many of my favorite ingredients, "Goodnight June: A Novel" takes the reader to the 1940s through letters between Margaret Wise Brown and a woman named Ruby Crain, a bookstore owner in Seattle. We first connect with June Andersen, a financial whiz working for a bank in New York. She is great at her job, but is beginning to suffer from high blood pressure and other evidence of stress. And then, serendipitously, she inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore, Bluebird Books, and goes to Seattle to settle the estate. Initially, she plans to sell the store, but it takes very little time before the memories of childhood moments in the shop with Aunt Ruby sweep over her and she is suddenly immersed in book love again. But then June discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on the store and she must pull out all the stops if she wants to save it. Her discoveries of the letters between her aunt and Margaret Wise Brown are like a wonderful bonus, and become part of a literary scavenger hunt. Could the letters help save the store? And will the hunky restaurant owner Gavin help her make the decision about what to do next? How will a five-year breach between June and her younger sister Amy affect the choices she makes? The secrets, the hidden treasures, and the wonderful settings of one of my favorite cities swept me up into the story, while all the unexpected surprises and moments kept me reading. The obstacles were like real frustrations in my own life, and I was rooting for June as if my own future happiness depended on it. Keeping bookstores alive in the future is a theme that many book lovers can relate to. There were sad moments, losses, and sister reunions. This story will go down as another favorite read. 5.0 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Knowing an authors inspiration for a novel is something that very few readers are ever lucky enough to learn. In this novel Sarah Jio has woven a very plausible tale of the inspiration for the children's classic Goodnight Moon!!! I think this will appeal to all readers but especially anyone that had a special childhood book!!! Knowing an authors inspiration for a novel is something that very few readers are ever lucky enough to learn. In this novel Sarah Jio has woven a very plausible tale of the inspiration for the children's classic Goodnight Moon!!! I think this will appeal to all readers but especially anyone that had a special childhood book!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    Jio has managed, yet again, to write an another amazing novel. This book is imaginative, mysterious and unputdownable. I thought Jio did an amazing job establishing each and every character...drawing you into their life and causing you to become invested. The letters between Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown were such a joy to read. You couldn't wait for another letter to be found. Amongst the side story of the letter exchange was also a story about mistakes, regret, family, forgiveness and fighting Jio has managed, yet again, to write an another amazing novel. This book is imaginative, mysterious and unputdownable. I thought Jio did an amazing job establishing each and every character...drawing you into their life and causing you to become invested. The letters between Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown were such a joy to read. You couldn't wait for another letter to be found. Amongst the side story of the letter exchange was also a story about mistakes, regret, family, forgiveness and fighting for what you want. I always say this is my favorite Jio novel after I finish one of her books (she just keeps getting better) but I think THIS one is my favorite. I highly recommend this novel and rate it 4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Okay story, but so corny at times. Everything wrapped up too neatly at the end. Not that enjoyable for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandie

    I first heard of this book from Nadia at The Bookish Way of Life. It wasn’t even on my radar because lately, I’ve kind of fallen out of reading books in this genre. But Nadia’s reference to the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon had me immediately curious. Goodnight Moon is very near and dear to my heart, as my daughter and I read it together every single night before she goes to bed. It has been our ritual for over a year now, and we’ve gotten to the point where we recite it by heart and ta I first heard of this book from Nadia at The Bookish Way of Life. It wasn’t even on my radar because lately, I’ve kind of fallen out of reading books in this genre. But Nadia’s reference to the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon had me immediately curious. Goodnight Moon is very near and dear to my heart, as my daughter and I read it together every single night before she goes to bed. It has been our ritual for over a year now, and we’ve gotten to the point where we recite it by heart and take turns alternating reading the pages. Because this book is special to me and my daughter, I was intrigued by the fact that it was incorporated into Sarah Jio's new novel and I couldn't wait to read it. June is a successful banker living in New York, but on the inside she’s a very miserable woman. She gets the news about her Aunt Ruby’s passing and that Ruby has left her beloved old children’s bookstore to her. June takes a leave from work to go back to Seattle, thinking she’ll sell the bookstore and tie up loose ends before returning to her life in New York. She wasn’t prepared for what she would find while she was cleaning out her aunts paperwork – letters between her aunt and the author of the popular book, Goodnight Moon. Turns out her aunt and Margaret Wise Brown were close friends and confidants. Their correspondence and friendship quite possibly had a hand in the creation of that famous children’s book and the bookstore may hold more secrets than June ever imagined. Over the years, June has used her heartache as an excuse to keep her from coming home to visit her beloved aunt or her mom and sister. She grew up in Bluebird Books and has so many fond memories of spending time there with her aunt and sister. Now she is faced with the guilt and regret from staying away as long as she did. As she continues to find these letters and discover more secrets about her aunt’s life, she starts to consider her own life and whether she’s truly happy. Ultimately she has to decide the fate of Bluebird Books and if she is meant to continue her aunt’s legacy or close its doors. This book is a wonderful story of forgiveness and fighting hard for what you want. There is mystery, suspense, romance, friendships, family bonds – all elements that make a fantastic novel. But it was the discovery of these amazing letters and the unfolding of Ruby’s secrets, along with the setting of the bookstore that captivated me. Sarah Jio wrote a mesmerizing story, woven with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. I felt such a range of emotions reading this book – it was sweet and romantic, yet heartbreaking and emotional at the same time. When I thought the book was a little predictable (and I was fine with that), the author threw me a curveball and proved me completely wrong. A truly beautiful and heartwarming novel that I enjoyed immensely, and was sad when it ended. If you’re looking to be swept away into a literary world with suspense and a touch of romance – I highly recommend reading Goodnight June! ARC kindly provided by Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Goodnight June is a standalone novel written by author Sarah Jio. "Goodnight Moon" is an actual children's book written by Margaret Wise Brown. The history of the children's book is reportedly unknown. Ms. Jio took some creative liberties and wrote a historical fictional account of the origins of Goodnight Moon via back and forth letters. This story is combined with a present-day fictional story to create an interesting book. Goodnight June wasn't my cup of tea so to speak but it was not a bad b Goodnight June is a standalone novel written by author Sarah Jio. "Goodnight Moon" is an actual children's book written by Margaret Wise Brown. The history of the children's book is reportedly unknown. Ms. Jio took some creative liberties and wrote a historical fictional account of the origins of Goodnight Moon via back and forth letters. This story is combined with a present-day fictional story to create an interesting book. Goodnight June wasn't my cup of tea so to speak but it was not a bad book by any means. There is a mystery element that I found somewhat predictable, and I just didn't feel fully engaged and that made the book feel a bit slow overall. Out of the two stories presented in this book, I preferred the present-day story. I did connect with June, the present-day lead character a bit and I appreciated her growth as she tried to create a new path in her life. A quality of life theme was threaded through June's story and I enjoyed that. Those who have a fondness for the children's book will likely thoroughly enjoy this novel. My favorite quote: “We’re each given one life, and it’s our job to make it useful, beautiful, and fulfilling. There is no value in suffering through it, doing something we hate. There’s no prize at the end for that kind of endurance. Just a spent life.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Goodnight June by Sarah Jio is one of those rare finds that surprisingly captures your heart for all the right reasons. I loved this steadily paced story about redefining who you are, falling in love and finding forgiveness. In this wonderful story, we get to meet the very successful banker June Anderson who sets off to her hometown in Seattle when she hears that her great-aunt Ruby passed away and left her as the sole beneficiary of her beloved bookstore Bluebird Books. When June arrives at the Goodnight June by Sarah Jio is one of those rare finds that surprisingly captures your heart for all the right reasons. I loved this steadily paced story about redefining who you are, falling in love and finding forgiveness. In this wonderful story, we get to meet the very successful banker June Anderson who sets off to her hometown in Seattle when she hears that her great-aunt Ruby passed away and left her as the sole beneficiary of her beloved bookstore Bluebird Books. When June arrives at the shop, her intention is to prepare the bookstore for sale, so she can immediately return to her New York apartment and fast living. However, as June begins to uncover small treasures in the form of letter between her great-aunt Ruby and the author of Goodnight Moon, she realizes there’s more to life than her high powered position that leaves her empty inside. I loved this story that was loosely tied to the creation of the children’s book Goodnight Moon. It’s a book I’ve enjoyed reading to my little ones countless times. Having owned more than one copy because I’ve read it over and over again only added to my emotional tie to the story. I truly enjoyed watching June’s transition from stressed out banker to committed independent bookstore owner. I rooted her efforts in trying to keep the bookstore afloat and seeing how much I love and support independent bookstore; I was moved by how passionate June’s mission was to save the bookstore. Added to that, I loved the secondary plotlines between her and her sister, as well as the small twist that occurred at the end of the story. Goodnight June is a wonderful story that is filled with noble characters, intriguing backstories and relatable conflicts that fans of adult contemporary will surely enjoy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Connie G

    3.5 stars The beloved children's book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, was a favorite of Sarah Jio's children and the inspiration for this book. Jio imagines a friendship between Margaret Wise Brown and Ruby Crain, the fictional owner of Bluebird Books. When Ruby dies, she leaves her Seattle bookshop to her niece June. Since the stress of her banking career is taking a toll on her health, June hopes she can leaves her job and reopen the bookstore. Her Aunt Ruby has tucked away letters from 3.5 stars The beloved children's book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, was a favorite of Sarah Jio's children and the inspiration for this book. Jio imagines a friendship between Margaret Wise Brown and Ruby Crain, the fictional owner of Bluebird Books. When Ruby dies, she leaves her Seattle bookshop to her niece June. Since the stress of her banking career is taking a toll on her health, June hopes she can leaves her job and reopen the bookstore. Her Aunt Ruby has tucked away letters from Margaret Wise Brown for June to find and learn the secrets in both their lives. June's quest to save the bookstore leads her to find more happiness and meaning in her life. Lovers of children's literature will especially enjoy this book. It's a sweet story about books, sisters, love, and personal fulfillment. Two minute video of the children's story "Goodnight Moon" narrated by Susan Sarandon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiBo9...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Coleen

    What is the history behind Margaret Wise Brown's famous children's book Goodnight Moon? No one knows for sure, but Sarah Jio has taken a few known facts & concocted her own interpretation of how the story may have come into being. While this book is not flawless and at times the plot seems almost too convenient and not always fully realistic, it was certainly a feel-good story and I flew through it. How can one not love a story about a cozy children's bookstore and a young woman's attempt to sav What is the history behind Margaret Wise Brown's famous children's book Goodnight Moon? No one knows for sure, but Sarah Jio has taken a few known facts & concocted her own interpretation of how the story may have come into being. While this book is not flawless and at times the plot seems almost too convenient and not always fully realistic, it was certainly a feel-good story and I flew through it. How can one not love a story about a cozy children's bookstore and a young woman's attempt to save it? Combine that with a little bit of family mystery, a budding romance, and the Goodnight Moon theme, and you have a book that's difficult to put down. I've read several of Jio's novels and have for the most part enjoyed them. In this one, by exploring the "what if's" of an author that little is known about, I think she ventured somewhat out of her typical comfort zone, with good results. More than anything, this book made me want to go & develop a cozy bookstore, or if not that, than to at least go lose myself in one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    June Andersen, was very successful in her banking job,but not so in her personal life. She got word that her Great Aunt Ruby had passed and she had to go to Seattle to settle her estate. She thought maybe after a week she'd have it all taken care of and she could go back to New York and back to her job at the bank. Many weeks passed; she just couldn't leave the Blue Bird Bookstore her Aunt had left her. She had to raise a lot of money to keep the bookstore afloat. She was close to her goal. To her June Andersen, was very successful in her banking job,but not so in her personal life. She got word that her Great Aunt Ruby had passed and she had to go to Seattle to settle her estate. She thought maybe after a week she'd have it all taken care of and she could go back to New York and back to her job at the bank. Many weeks passed; she just couldn't leave the Blue Bird Bookstore her Aunt had left her. She had to raise a lot of money to keep the bookstore afloat. She was close to her goal. To her surprise she had help from an unexpected friend. Her Aunt left her many letters. One the of the last ones she read, revealed a shocking but wonderful surprise .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Henderson

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Goodnight June is June's story. June inherits from her great aunt Ruby a small, cozy children's bookstore - Bluebird Books, where June spent her happiest moments as a child and learned to love reading. As a 35 year old, June is vice president of a large bank and in charge of foreclosing many small businesses. She has few important people in her life, anxiety problems, and a severe lack of sa I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Goodnight June is June's story. June inherits from her great aunt Ruby a small, cozy children's bookstore - Bluebird Books, where June spent her happiest moments as a child and learned to love reading. As a 35 year old, June is vice president of a large bank and in charge of foreclosing many small businesses. She has few important people in her life, anxiety problems, and a severe lack of satisfaction with herself. When she inherits Bluebird Books, June goes home to Seattle for the first time in 5 years and begins to reevaluate her life. She discovers a scavenger hunt that her aunt Ruby left for her in the bookstore of letters between Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown that explain the origin of Goodnight Moon and renew June's passion for the bookstore. June discovers what it is like to be on the opposite side of the foreclosing business while she is trying to raise funds to save the bookstore, all with the help of the charming Gavin who owns the Italian restaurant next door. I absolutely 100 percent love when an author shows his/her fangirl/fanboy side... And in this case, Sarah Jio's fangirl flag is waving hard. The story behind the popular children's classic Goodnight Moon is unknown because Margaret Wise Brown died shortly after writing it. I can tell that Sarah Jio truly loved Goodnight Moon because she uses so much imagination and heart to develop a very plausible origin of Goodnight Moon and uses the letters to tell the story with passion and creativity. Also, June's story is one that we can all identify with and could ultimately stand alone as its own story. She has to make the choice between living a life with passion or complacency. She has to forgive, and she learns to love. And she also discovers a few things she didn't know about herself. Yes, it's somewhat "chick flicky", but its inspiring and sweet. I'm an avid hater of cookie cutter chick lit, so trust me when I say that this story is not that. Jane's story is inspiring and leaves you contemplating your own dreams. Right now is a time of major change in my life with moving and finding new job, etc., so I feel it was the perfect time to read this book. I probably a little biased since in the past year, I've somehow developed a dream of owning an independent bookstore and hosting authors/holding events to inspire budding readers. Reading is and always has been a huge part of my life, so I love to see that there are others who are still so inspired by reading and would rather pick up a book than a game or show on their iPad. I think Goodnight June is Sarah Jio's confession to also being one of these people and her charge to go do something about it. I literally blazed through Goodnight June in less than a day. It's an easy read and would be perfect for sitting outside on a lazy summer day. And the great news is that its release date is May 27 - TOMORROW!!! So you only have to wait 2 short hours.. or 1 if you're on the east coast. Ready. Set. Go. I don't think I've done it justice, but if you just go read it you'll see what I mean. Thank you Sarah Jio for such a beautiful and inspiring story. It's been a while since I've read a something this great. I've had a couple of other books by Sarah Jio on my radar for a while, but this is the first one I've read. I'll definitely be moving her other books up on my list. This review is also posted on Great Minds Read Alike.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Sarah Jio's novel, Goodnight June, is for anyone who loves bookstores, particularly children's bookstores. If you care about the future of bookstores and children reading, you should read this. If you're still angry that The Shop Around the Corner closed in the movie You've Got Mail, you'll want to cheer for June Andersen in this book. If you remember Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon with fondness, you'll appreciate the story. (Can you tell I loved this book?) June Andersen is a thirty-five-y Sarah Jio's novel, Goodnight June, is for anyone who loves bookstores, particularly children's bookstores. If you care about the future of bookstores and children reading, you should read this. If you're still angry that The Shop Around the Corner closed in the movie You've Got Mail, you'll want to cheer for June Andersen in this book. If you remember Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon with fondness, you'll appreciate the story. (Can you tell I loved this book?) June Andersen is a thirty-five-year-old driven banker in New York City whose job is taking a toll on her health. But, she's unwilling to take time for herself until she receives word that her great-aunt Ruby died and left her Bluebird Books, a children's bookstore in Seattle. Bluebird Books and Ruby were June's refuge from a traumatic childhood with a troubled mother, but June can't afford to be nostalgic. She flies to Seattle, determined to sell the bookstore, settle the estate, and return to her busy NYC life. However, Ruby left June more than a bookstore. Ruby left secrets for June, including a treasure hunt through a fascinating collection of first editions. One of those secrets included letters between Ruby and her best friend, author Margaret Wise Brown, who died much too young, at forty-two. And, those letters start to open June's eyes about her own life, her relationship with the sister she can't forgive, and what she really needs in life. As June reads, she discovers secrets that Ruby left just for her. Goodnight June is a novel of discovery. It's the story of a lost woman finding herself. It's a story of deep friendship and sisterhood. It's a story of romance. And, it's a story for all of us who are passionate about books and reading. Ruby left June a letter that reads, in part, "I trust that you will love Bluebird Books and care for it as much as I have. It won't be easy. Children aren't reading as much as they did in my day. And, I will confess, I worry that the love of books is dying." June Andersen's own life unfolds, and Margaret Wise Brown and Ruby reveal their lives in enchanting letters in this wonderful book. Welcome to Sarah Jio's Goodnight June, a novel filled with passion for books, for children's books. It's filled with secrets about love, friendship, sisters, and what is important in life. Goodnight June, in the end, is as comforting for a book lover as Brown's own classic, Goodnight Moon. Sarah Jio's website is www.sarahjio.com.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book was everything I don't like about reading fiction. Nothing about it felt real. Gag. Why did I even bother finishing? It was an audiobook and I liked the reader, and I liked talking back to the reader - giving her my two cents about the lame story. This book was everything I don't like about reading fiction. Nothing about it felt real. Gag. Why did I even bother finishing? It was an audiobook and I liked the reader, and I liked talking back to the reader - giving her my two cents about the lame story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Stafford

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Goodnight June” by Sarah Jio. What’s the last book you read that disappointed you so much it made you angry? I just finished mine. I found this book at a book sale last year (and the $1 price tag was too steep, turns out) and it had all the elements of a book I’d love: woman inherits bookstore, finds out her aunt had a deep friendship with Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, and had inspired much of the book’s writing. How lovely? And then I began reading it and about 1/3 of the “Goodnight June” by Sarah Jio. What’s the last book you read that disappointed you so much it made you angry? I just finished mine. I found this book at a book sale last year (and the $1 price tag was too steep, turns out) and it had all the elements of a book I’d love: woman inherits bookstore, finds out her aunt had a deep friendship with Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, and had inspired much of the book’s writing. How lovely? And then I began reading it and about 1/3 of the way in I was already disliking it, and I ended up hate-reading the last half. The protagonist, June, is the least curious person you could imagine: her aunt devised a ridiculous scavenger hunt through the bookstore to find the letters between her and Brown by underlining the clue in each letter: and June reads one letter, thinks “ooh what an interesting story this is!”... and then goes about her life, gets her hair done, paints her nails, flirts with the young chef next door who is in the middle of a fraught relationship but who cares, and days later thinks hey I’ve got a minute right now, I’ll go read the next HISTORICAL LETTER THAT IS PROBABLY WORTH THOUSANDS. Ugh, I hated her. I hated the plot (you can see every “revelation” a mile away), I hated the stilted dialogue, I hated the dumb characters, I hated the unlikely story, and I hated the “let’s shoehorn in some celebrities who are from Seattle” stupidity at the end. I always try to be so generous with reading, but it made me angry to think this is somehow a bestselling book when there are thousands of amazing unpublished writers out there. #straightinthetrash #bookstagram #badbooks #goodnightmoon #childrensbooks

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    My review of this book will probably not be very popular, but I join ranks with those who gave this a 2-3 star review. I was really enjoying it until probably halfway through. I have been trying to figure out just what went wrong. I think another reviewer hit the mark when they wrote that it was too full of just the right solution for any problem that came up. It probably didn't help that I didn't like June....not really, not at all! I thought she came off as self-centered, selfish, and just plai My review of this book will probably not be very popular, but I join ranks with those who gave this a 2-3 star review. I was really enjoying it until probably halfway through. I have been trying to figure out just what went wrong. I think another reviewer hit the mark when they wrote that it was too full of just the right solution for any problem that came up. It probably didn't help that I didn't like June....not really, not at all! I thought she came off as self-centered, selfish, and just plain mean sometimes. (view spoiler)[ June's sister Amy betrayed her so she fled Seattle and would not speak to her even though Amy reached out over and over again. June wouldn't forgive her until Amy was on her deathbed. How sad. Then Amy's newborn baby girl was handed over for June to raise. Wow, haven't even spoken to your sister in over ten years, but you're going to make the legal arrangements to hand your child over to her? The author wrote of the great love between June and Aunt Ruby, but she didn't even know her aunt had died until receiving word from the attorney. She didn't speak to or even check on her dear old aunt for over ten years! I get that she was upset with her sister. I get making a new start away from Seattle. But what did this betrayal have to do with her aunt? Or her mother? They didn't betray her. She was a successful banker whose job was to foreclose on small businesses, and she did it with no apparent guilt or feeling at all. She had no personal life, was having panic attacks, but suddenly opened her eyes to her shallow pointless life after being in the bookstore for about a week, that's all it took? She was immediately attracted to Gavin the owner of the Italian Restaurant next door to the bookstore. Next thing you know they're going to knock down the wall between the two businesses and make it a bookstore/cafe. Even though Gavin is still in partnership with his ex fiance who is still in love with him, but miraculously after observing Gavin & June together a couple times realizes their 'great love' and decides to sell her share to him and move on, move away. She quit her high-powered job and then found out that the bookstore was facing foreclosure so she called her old boss to see if he would help her out. Uh, NO! So a fundraiser is planned and miraculously Bill Gates and his wife attend; but she still doesn't raise the money to save the bookstore. I thought that was a little weird. I mean if Bill Gates remembered the bookstore with such great fondness one would think he could just write a check to save it. So guess what? Yip, her old boss miraculously steps in to save the day....and the bookstore. Really? OK so perhaps I'm being overly critical, but there were too many examples of situations being wrapped up with a big red bow. I just found most to be totally unbelievable. (hide spoiler)] So...why the three stars instead of two? Because I did enjoy reading about the relationship between Margaret Brown, author of beloved children's books including "Goodnight Moon" and dear Aunt Ruby. I enjoyed their correspondence and reading about the friendship between the two. Final word on this book; perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood. Seeing all of the 4-5 star reviews, there were several people who just loved it! So take a chance, read it for yourself and form your own opinion. Maybe you'll love it too!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5. I really enjoyed this book and loved the storyline.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Received a copy from NetGalley. Sarah Jio has written another bestseller that will appeal to many readers. Sarah Jio explains the inspiration behind Goodnight June. Many times readers do not have access to that information. I think this makes the reader feel more connected to the book, more drawn in, and gives a sense of anticipation. I also love how the author intertwines historical letters to connect the past and present and to help carry the story. It adds interest, suspense, and gives just en Received a copy from NetGalley. Sarah Jio has written another bestseller that will appeal to many readers. Sarah Jio explains the inspiration behind Goodnight June. Many times readers do not have access to that information. I think this makes the reader feel more connected to the book, more drawn in, and gives a sense of anticipation. I also love how the author intertwines historical letters to connect the past and present and to help carry the story. It adds interest, suspense, and gives just enough information to spur the reader on to finish reading. The words are so eloquent and flow so richly on the page. The author certainly has a way with words. I also love how Sarah Jio introduces other children's books in her treasure hunt. Many are beloved and well known titles just like Goodnight Moon. Plus, who didn't read and fall madly in love with Goodnight Moon? Although I have a TBR pile a mile long and try not to reread books, I could read and reread this one over and over.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book was outstanding. My favorite book for 2014 so far. Sarah Jio is such an incredible Women's Fiction author and each book is better than the last and I have loved them all. This story is about a book store, children's book and the tender friendship between the book store owner Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown author of Goodnight Moon and many more children's stories. I absolutely loved this story. This book was outstanding. My favorite book for 2014 so far. Sarah Jio is such an incredible Women's Fiction author and each book is better than the last and I have loved them all. This story is about a book store, children's book and the tender friendship between the book store owner Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown author of Goodnight Moon and many more children's stories. I absolutely loved this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    I was a little worried that the book was a little too chick/lit and sweet at first, but as the story rolled out and the letters in the dual time line format created a story between the MC's Aunt Ruby and the children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown, the story really took on a different feel. There is an ongoing theme of sisterhood and love between the letter writers and a theme of hurt and loss suffered in the present story line that reflects on forgiveness and family. There are some unexpect I was a little worried that the book was a little too chick/lit and sweet at first, but as the story rolled out and the letters in the dual time line format created a story between the MC's Aunt Ruby and the children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown, the story really took on a different feel. There is an ongoing theme of sisterhood and love between the letter writers and a theme of hurt and loss suffered in the present story line that reflects on forgiveness and family. There are some unexpected surprises at the end too. I am happy to have come across it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    I like Sarah Jio's stories. Goodnight June is about someone at a crossroad in her life, trying to decide to stay the course in a job that has become unfulfilling, or venture out on a new path. The characters a likeable and their struggles a realistic. I always feel good after I finish reading one of Ms. Jio's books and this was no different. I like Sarah Jio's stories. Goodnight June is about someone at a crossroad in her life, trying to decide to stay the course in a job that has become unfulfilling, or venture out on a new path. The characters a likeable and their struggles a realistic. I always feel good after I finish reading one of Ms. Jio's books and this was no different.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've already read this book twice this year. I love this book and it's definitely my favorite of the year. *June 24 3:22 a.m.: third time reading this book this year. Still love it and still give it 5 stars. I've already read this book twice this year. I love this book and it's definitely my favorite of the year. *June 24 3:22 a.m.: third time reading this book this year. Still love it and still give it 5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    What a delightful read! This is the kind of book I can easily sink into.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a sweet story. A little emotional, especially towards the end. It was definitely predictable and there were a few parts where I was rolling my eyes a bit, but overall I enjoyed the story. I really liked that it was about a children’s bookstore. Such a great setting! As I was reading, I kept thinking that I could totally see this as a movie.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Oh my , what an adorable historical fiction!! A fun and enjoyable read - can't really add more than what all the other 4 and 5 star readers said- I'm saying "ditto that!" For me a solid 4 star read and I added another star just because I can!! Oh my , what an adorable historical fiction!! A fun and enjoyable read - can't really add more than what all the other 4 and 5 star readers said- I'm saying "ditto that!" For me a solid 4 star read and I added another star just because I can!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    What a delightful, magical, and inspirational read by talented Sarah Jio, and is reflective of her creative passion and research throughout the book. If you have followed Margaret Wise Brown-the international classic children’s author of the famous “Goodnight Moon”, you will love stepping back into the pages of American literature, and sharing in the journey of this close bond of friendship, and heart-felt letters between these two women- and how their lives connected. June, a successful VP at a What a delightful, magical, and inspirational read by talented Sarah Jio, and is reflective of her creative passion and research throughout the book. If you have followed Margaret Wise Brown-the international classic children’s author of the famous “Goodnight Moon”, you will love stepping back into the pages of American literature, and sharing in the journey of this close bond of friendship, and heart-felt letters between these two women- and how their lives connected. June, a successful VP at a bank in New York, has left her home in Seattle and her ties with her sister, due to a betrayal which she deems unforgivable, putting walls up around her. Of course, at the bank her job is to foreclose on small businesses without sympathy or care, and daily meds needed for her anxiety and stress to cope. She receives the news her favorite Aunt Ruby has died, and left her the Bluebirds Bookstore in Seattle. June has loved this bookstore and has fond memories from childhood; however, she knows it is in financial ruin (like who can make a bookstore work in the days of the internet), and her first thought is to sell it to a developer and continue with her life in New York. However, walking into the bookstore with its charming loft upstairs, she immediately is drawn to fond memories from her childhood and gets pulled in. She soon discovers more than the large debt owed on the property; She finds letters written between her Aunt Ruby and the famous Margaret Wise Brown (two best friends sharing their secrets), hidden with clues inside the books, and the inspiration for her famous book . . . and oh, even more mysterious The Bluebird Bookstore was a gift from Ruby’s married lover.. (you need to read the book to learn more) – do not want to spoil (quite delicious)! June sets out to uncover its past and bring the “green room” back to life. Full of mystery, and treasures, and of course, a new love interest, Gavin who owns the restaurant next door. Combined with June’s love for books, her desire to rebuild her Aunt’s legacy, and the love of an exciting new man, plus plenty of other surprises in the treasure box, along the way . . . . Strength, resilience, and courage will give her the power to create miracles and demonstrate the answers were right in front of her all along. You will love the mentions of The Great Gatsby, and Ernest Hemingway and other literary names and children’s books! Reminiscent of book lovers’ memories of quaint small bookstores and libraries around the country – this book is an inspiration and reminder of the magic and power of storytelling, as a place of solace and fond memories which we need to keep alive as a legacy. Even though we all read e-books, there is something special about a hardback book with printed pages, and reading it surrounded by hundreds of other books shelved ready to tell a story, which could change lives. Books have been a part of my life since a child, and highly recommend “Goodnight June”, as a reminder of where we would be without books, or bookstores--Our children are missing out in so many ways. In addition, a special treat was included at the end-the first chapter of Sarah’s first novel (which I have not read), “The Violets of March” – a Library Journal Best Book of 2011. I look forward to reading it, plus more from this author. (Loved “Morning Glory”)! Thank you, to PENGUIN GROUP Plume and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Good Night June By Sandra Jio My " in a nutshell" summary... June inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore...with all of its history, books, serious debt...and...quite a few secrets, too! My thoughts after reading this book... June has HBP and panic attacks. She hasn't been home to Seattle in a while. She is a high pressure banker who specializes in foreclosures. She zips home to Seattle when she inherits Bluebird Books...a much loved children's book store once owned by her Aunt Ruby. Her intention is to s Good Night June By Sandra Jio My " in a nutshell" summary... June inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore...with all of its history, books, serious debt...and...quite a few secrets, too! My thoughts after reading this book... June has HBP and panic attacks. She hasn't been home to Seattle in a while. She is a high pressure banker who specializes in foreclosures. She zips home to Seattle when she inherits Bluebird Books...a much loved children's book store once owned by her Aunt Ruby. Her intention is to sell it and hightail it back to her life in NYC. While sort of going through the shelves she finds letters her aunt has left her. The letters are correspondences between her Aunt Ruby and her aunt's beloved gal pal...Margaret Wise Brown...a famous children's author. One of her most beloved and famous books is Goodnight Moon. However... June's life is sort of unravelling. She has not spoken to her sister in five years. She quits her job. She sort of falls in love with Gavin...who owns the restaurant next door...but she is wary of trusting him. While reading her Aunt Ruby's letters she learns about her Aunt Ruby's affair with a married man...which resulted in a baby. Aunt Ruby gave the baby up to a closed adoption so no one knows where the baby...now all grown up...is. Someone is doing drive by's and has even broken into the bookstore...searching for something...but June has no idea what it could be. And hanging over her head is the thought of losing the bookstore! Especially now that she has given up everything for it. What I loved about this book... I have to slap my hand to stop myself from telling everyone all of the good parts and secrets and amazing things that happen in this book! The bookstore, the secrets, Margaret Wise Brown! The mean girls, the jealous ex girlfriend, the jealous ex wife, Aunt Ruby's lover's daughter, the sister spat...oh my...this book was wonderful! I loved every page. The bookstore just happens to be next door to Gavin and his Italian restaurant. He has a pasta for every mood! This book is a plethora of loveliness...there is so much to discover and the author manages to capture what it means to be a reader and to love books and to have cherished childhood books. Parts of this book were so lovely I was in tears. Margaret Wise Brown...Aunt Ruby's beloved Brownie...I loved reading about her. I want to know more! I loved how certain publishers called her a "writer of baby books." I don't think you can read Goodnight June without remembering Goodnight Moon. I even dug out my old copy! Final thoughts... I could find nothing out of order or wrong with this book. I very simply loved it. It was such a delightful book to read. I have read only one other book by this author but this one is my special favorite...it is lovely. All the while I was reading this book...which really wasn't very long since I devoured it...I had thoughts of Bluebird Books...the shelves, the walls, the draperies...children at story time listening to Ruby read...again...it was a very special book.

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