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The Bungalow: A Novel por Sarah Jio
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The Bungalow: A Novel (edição 2012)

por Sarah Jio

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"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 fianc,̌ 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, 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"--… (mais)
Membro:MsBeautiful
Título:The Bungalow: A Novel
Autores:Sarah Jio
Informação:Plume (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Avaliação:****
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This book was recommended to me by my sister while we were both reading "All the Flowers in Paris," and she said she had read this one. While I've read many books taking place during WWII in Europe, I think this is the first one I've read that took place in the Pacific. It was a beautiful, but sad love story, as well as a mystery that lasted many years. I may check out more of this author's books. ( )
  eliorajoy | Oct 13, 2020 |
Anne Calloway's future is already planned out. She's going to marry Gerard Godfrey, a wealthy young banker she's known all her life, and begin her life as wife and mother. But it's 1942 and WWII has just started for the Americans. Both Anne and her best friend, Kitty, have studied nursing and decide to sign up for a tour as military nurses. Before long they are shipping out for the South Pacific island of Bora Bora. Kitty sees it all as a grand adventure, while Anne wants to find out if she's ready to settle down and raise a family. On Bora Bora Anne meets Westry, a soldier stationed there as well. Before long she is sneaking away to meet him in an abandoned bungalow. One night they witness a brutal crime that will alter the course of their future together.

Many years later Anne receives a letter from a woman in Tahiti who asks for any knowledge she may have about a murder which took place during the war. This letter is the impetus for Anne to tell her story to her granddaughter, which is done in flashback for most of the book.

I enjoyed much of the story line of this engaging novel. It was an interesting mystery and a tale of friendship, as well as betrayal. I also found many elements of the story to be very predictable and thought it was more of a romance novel similar to those of Danielle Steel. Despite it's predictability I was still turning pages quickly to see how it ended. I didn't like it as well as Blackberry Winter but I'm certainly still a Sarah Jio fan. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
This love story is light reading and a decent story if you don't check out details too closely. For instance, someone who was paralyzed in the war and confined to a wheelchair later walks. In real life, that seldom happens, if ever. Several other details seemed incongruous, and even with that, it's entertaining, though predictable. For you romantics, it's a nice read. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 22, 2019 |
I absolutely LOVED this story!! War, long lost love, the south Pacific and a missing painting what more could you ask for in a novel? This is my first book by this author and will not be the last. I could not have enjoyed this beautiful story more. ( )
  Thelmajean | Aug 6, 2017 |
Luckily I didn’t have very high expectations for The Bungalow by Sarah Jio as I ended up struggling through it. It is a romance but unfortunately the romance comes at the cost of a believable story. This tale of nurses serving in the Pacific theatre during World War II was full of one-dimensional characters who make very poor choices. The main character, Anne, was so weak willed and wishy-washy that she drove me crazy. Her best friend, Kitty, did such a 180 degree turn in her personality that it was impossible to take this book seriously. Plus we had characters zipping off to Paris, during the war, at the drop of a hat, which I know would have been impossible. And don’t get me started on some of the strange coincidences that the readers were asked to accept. This author appears to disregards all facts and just delivers on the romance and the exotic setting of Bora Bora.

Obviously The Bungalow wasn’t a book for me and I think I will have to make sure to avoid this author in the future. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 1, 2017 |
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For Jason, with memories of our own island bungalow. I love you.
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"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 fianc,̌ 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, 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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