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 Westr...more
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Isn’t it frightening to think that in the blink of an eye, your life can change so drastically? All it takes is for you to walk through door number two instead of door number one. The decisions you make in that moment can define the rest of your days.
I looked deep into his eyes. “It’s why I need to go,” I said. “I need to find out.” He looked away. My words had hurt him, and I hated that. His left arm, the band one, hung from his torso, limp, lifeless. He didn’t lik...more
Anne Calloway is 90 years old when we first meet her. She has spent her life dreaming of...more
When the women step off the plane its entire new world, men are everywhere and its not lik...more
A warning: There's a surprise adoption theme in the book which isn't really discussed in any other reviews or snippets. It could be triggering for some. Look for more of that on Chronicles.
The second date was incredible.
From the start, I was enchanted: "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 fizz of a million bubb...more
It is a bittersweet love story with a bit of a murder mystery involved. Having read many WWII stories, I really appreciated the beautiful setting and the different perspective on the war. Rather than seeing the war from the...more
Mom: Jenna! The house is on fire!
Me: Yeah, I thought I smelled something funny. I'll be with you in a sec I really need to see how this ends.
And I also have a feeling I'll be thinking about this book tomorrow. After I've moved on to a new book. yep that's totally healthy
PS - with a name like Kitty did I rea...more
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A sorrowful tale of war and the effect it has on each and every life involved.
It is 1942 and WWII is being fought. Anne Calloway is engaged to marry Gerard Godfrey and there are just a few weeks till their wedding; their marriage being planned from birth.
”Calloways would marry Godfreys. It was as natural as coffee and cream.”
Their relationship is one lacking i...more
Aslında bitmesin diye baya uğraştığım bir kitap oldu .Lakin her güzel şeyin bir sonu vardır , bu kitapta onlardan bir tanesiydi .
Öncelikle kitabın çevirisi çok akıcı ve kitapta kelime hatası bile yok, desem yeridir. Kitap zaten kapağıyla bile beni gel oku diyen bir kitap . Yazı puntosu tam istediğim gibi, aralarda bazen duraklamak için konulan ı semboller kitabı daha rahat okunacak...more
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...more
This is a romance between Westry and Anne during World War II. It takes place in the South Pacific in Bora Bora. Jio does a great job in conveying the sense of being on the island through her vivid descriptions, making you wish you could visit sometime.
Anne is engaged to Gerard, but just does not feel the passion. She leaves to join the action in the South Pacific using her recently acquired nursing degree. Her fam...more
As a reader, I just wanted to tell Anne what to do at many points in the story. Despite my objections, Anne did not listen to me as Sarah had her own thoughts in mind for Anne, Westry, and Kitty.
Everyone knows that I am a sucker for love stories. Well this love story has tangles, layers, and even suspense. I simply could not put it down.
The story begins in...more
I loved how Sarah Jio wove love, mystery, past and present in her last novel The Violets of March and she has accomplished this perfect combination yet again with her latest novel The Bungalow. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest novel and Plume was nice enough to provide Paperback Dolls with an ARC. Jio’s latest novel begins in the present as Anne’s daughter is trying to solve a mystery about a beautiful sculpture at her college and Anne receives a note...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...more
Joining her best friend Kitty on a medical tour of duty to Bora-Bora as a nurse, Anne leaves all notions of comfort behind. Closer to war and suffering than she has ever been her entire sheltered life, Ann begins to find pieces of herself she never knew e...more
Yet the beauty of the romance, the heart of a woman in love with a man...her story compelled me to keep reading. And it wasn't just a love story. It was a story about the power of friendship as well. Fri...more