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Morning Glory

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  5,457 Ratings  ·  817 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959.
Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Plume
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Sarah Jio
Apr 18, 2013 Sarah Jio rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this novel while renting a houseboat in Seattle as my "office"--it was one of the most memorable times of my life. I hope you enjoy the characters as much as I enjoyed dreaming them up! xoxo
Nov 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Having read all of Sarah Jio's novels, I was super excited to win this through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. But as I was reading this novel, I couldn't help but think that with this, her fifth novel, Ms. Jio is following a formula for her novels:

1. Something bad/emotional happens to woman in modern day.
2. Something bad/emotional also happened to woman in past.
3. Modern day woman finds unexpected love while also stumbling upon the "mystery" of the woman in the past.
4. Coincidence
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 21, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
Every now and again a book comes along that is just what the doctor ordered. For me that book is Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. Morning Glory is inspiring, uplifting, and heartening.

Ada Santorini leaves behind her career as the editor for Sunrise magazine and her home in New York to escape from that life. She's still in a constant state of mourning after losing her family in an accident. Her psychiatrist offers to help in this escape by telling her of a houseboat in Washington that is for rent. Ad
Dec 13, 2013 Cher rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

Sigh. I love Sarah Jio's books. Sure, they're formulaic, but I love her recipe. Any time I pick up one of her books, it is easy to escape (most often to the Pacific NW, a favorite destination of mine), and her novels are warm and comforting reads. It's always like having one of your favorite holidays foods that you rarely make because it's too fattening or time consuming to have on a regular basis.

That being said, this would have easily been a solid 3
Apr 18, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
If this were my first Sarah Jio book, I might have give her the benefit of the doubt and an extra star or two. But I'm honestly just bored at this point. She's a perfectly fine writer, but it would be awesome if she'd start exploring some new story structures and themes aside from the modern lady drawn in by the historical lady whose mysterious life mirrors her own. This felt like it had been written by opening the Word document of The Violets of March, replacing the names, and tweaking the fine ...more
Oct 07, 2014 TL rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Kate Morton, Karen White
Recommended to TL by: Her short story in 'Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion'
Shelves: favorites
A gorgeous, haunting, exquisite story... I was pulled in from the first installment. There was 'something' about the story that pulled me in and wouldn't let go :).

We're dropped into the lives of Ada and Penny, two different women living different lives yet they more in common than they think.

Ada has suffered a big tragedy and is just existing, working alot to keep herself busy. One day she can't take it anymore and flees New York for Seattle to live on a houseboat for the summer (with the reluc
Dec 04, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
This is my third Sarah Jio book, and they have all been the same "type" of book (contemporary story with a past mystery to solve). Each of her books that I have read, I have read in three days. I'm not sure what that means except that they have been compelling enough for me to pick up often, and are not overly long - I enjoy reading them! The mystery from the past also really kept me turning the pages.
Morning Glory's setting is a houseboat community in Seattle. There is an undercurrent of sadne
Jun 01, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok
This is my second novel by Sarah Jio...and I guess I am not a fan. I had the same problems with this book as did with Blackberry Winter.

This was filled with unnecessary dialog and unnecessary detail. It read like a cheesy hallmark movie. No doubt, the author can paint a pretty picture, but there is no depth in her emotional detail. She just mentions outward details. She can only describe what things look like and not what they feel like. That is one of my pet peeves that bothers
Oct 09, 2013 Christina rated it it was ok
I should preface this review by stating that I was counting down the days until it became available. Having pre-ordered it, the day that it downloaded into my Kindle was a happy day indeed. I was charged about spending those next few hours wholly immersed into a boathouse community. I always see them floating idly on the water across the bay and my curiosity was piqued.

Ada Santorini's story was pleasant enough to read. I felt that it was an accurate depiction of the loss one would experience up

Sarah Jio's family rented a houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle when she was writing Morning Glory. Her love of the houseboat lifestyle is evident in this story about two women who lived in the same houseboat, Penny in the 1950s and Ada in 2008.

Ada, a journalist, comes to Seattle to escape from her memories. She is brokenhearted after her husband and daughter die in an accident. She finds a trunk of Penny's belongings in the houseboat that she is renting. Penny had disappeared without a trace in
Apr 17, 2013 Joyita rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
After having read every one of Sara Jio's books so far, I'd list this one as a disappointment. Unlike her first three novels which were formulaic but had deep charm and intrigue, I found this one (as well as it's immediate predecessor, The Last Camellia) unappetizing. My curiosity wasn't piqued until I had read over a third of the novel. (view spoiler) ...more
Oh I'm so conflicted about this book. I was interested in Ada's story and I was intrigued to read about life on boat street.

So far so good, but sadly I really don't like Penny. She had very little to nothing in common with her husband and I wonder why she married him this quickly. Also she had a doubtful taste in men and it felt like she could not make up her mind. I tried to like her but I just couldn't and the epilogue was just the nail in the coffin.

However Ada's story was rewarding to read
Sep 19, 2013 Ceillie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, buy-me, fiction
Morning Glory was my first novel by Sarah Jio, but I loved the style, and I can see why she’s a NY Times Bestseller! I got an ARC from Penguin’s First to Read program, and I’m really glad I got this one. It’s due to be published on November 26, 2013, and I definitely recommend the purchase!

The way that the book was written was in two different women’s perspectives – Penny Wentworth, a 1950’s housewife, and Ada Santorini, editor of Sunrise magazine in 2008. Their stories are tied together by thei
Lisa B.
Sep 09, 2013 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books, edelweiss
My Thoughts:

In this story we spend time with Ada and Penny. After a tragic accident, Ada decides to quit her job, leave New York City and move to Seattle. She rents a houseboat that once belong to Penny. Penny mysteriously disappeared fifty years ago. Neighbors who where around at the time Penny went missing have a “pact” not to discuss the events that occurred the night she went missing. As Ada works to discover what happened to Penny, her life moves forward. As we read about Penny’s life fifty
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Yene de john green ve sarah jio'ya en meşhur kitablarını oxuyaraq bir de şans verecem :d
Apr 28, 2013 Sally marked it as to-read_pub-yr2013
GASP! Just saw this on Amazon while browsing through kindle books! I am so so excited! 2 new books from my favourite author in a year! Miracle!!
Jaclyn Kendall
Jun 10, 2015 Jaclyn Kendall rated it liked it
Sometimes I feel like authors start novels with interesting characters, a fabulous setting, and a good dose of mystery, then somewhere along the line they realize they have a deadline looming and just start wrapping up plot lines as quickly and cleanly as possible. I am a fan of Sarah Jio, but I feel like the beginnings of her books are always better than the end.

Morning Glory was no different. The ending was lackluster. I wanted something deeper. And I wanted the men to actually talk and behave
Oct 20, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I love Sarah Jio's books. She has the most beautiful writing and you feel every emotion with her books. Morning Glory was no exception. It was suspenseful, moving, heartbreaking, and more.
If you have never read a Sarah Jio novel, go now and buy one. Any of them. They will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
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Jan 02, 2015 εlﻨբ ツ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2014 Brandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I loved by this author!
Kris Marley Patrick
May 10, 2017 Kris Marley Patrick rated it liked it
I found my author for hashtag summer 2017 at the pool. I can sip a half bottle of rosé and still follow the characters and storyline.
4.5 stars

I fell in love with Sarah Jio's beautiful writing style while reading The Bungalow. Morning Glory has that same languid, atmospheric feel, part love story, part mystery and I just adored feeling part of the houseboat community on Lake Union's Boat Street, Seattle.

Dark clouds are rolling in all around, and the rain's intensity increases as we paddle back across the lake, which looks like wrinkled gray velvet. By the time we reach my dock, we're soaked, but somehow, I don't mind.

The dua
May 23, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok
I was drawn to this book in large part due to its setting: the fabled houseboats of Seattle's Lake Union. Houseboat living in Seattle has long been known for its quirkiness and deeply rooted sense of community; it also carries a diverse history of residents that matches the evolution of Seattle's economy: first home to loggers, fishermen, and industrial workers looking for cheap, mobile lodging, later to the Bohemians and "hippies" trying to defy the confines of urban life and now to an array o ...more
 Gigi Ann
Oct 26, 2013 Gigi Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since her debut, Sarah Jio has enchanted listeners with her signature brand of romantic suspense. Her previous novel, Blackberry Winter, was an immediate New York Times bestseller - perfectly positioning Morning Glory to reach even greater heights.

Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959

Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini ta
This was a pleasant read, nothing too thought-provoking, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I liked Sarah Jio's other books because she knows how to tell a good story. She doesn't bog her sentences down with the unnecessary--she writes simply and clearly, and I always find myself interested in what's going on within the first couple of pages. Her books are great if you want to relax with a story.

Like her other stories, this book takes a mysterious happening from the past and plunks it right into contemp
Cheryl McNeil
Jun 07, 2013 Cheryl McNeil rated it liked it
Having grown up near Seattle, I knew the setting of this novel — the house boats on Lake Union. It was a pleasure to read Morning Glory, by the native Seattlite, Jio, and to recognize many of the places mentioned. I learned things I was less acquainted with, too, like the cultural strictures that even egalitarian Seattle women lived with in the late 50s, and the art scene. The grief that the main character lives with is something I hope to never be more acquainted with. Mostly, this was a pleasa ...more
Jackie Lane
Jun 09, 2013 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bea
Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

This is my first Sarah Jio book and I can promise it won't be my last. I'm just wondering what took me so long to read
Cynthia Archer
Oct 04, 2013 Cynthia Archer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have heard of the author's other titles, this was the first of her books that I have read. I found it to be a wonderful story. I enjoyed the connections between the two women who both called the same houseboat home. They were both endearing characters dealing with tragic episodes in their lives. The connection in the stories was very well done and made a compelling read. I have struggled lately with finding a book to really sink into and not want to set aside. This one did that and m ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Angi rated it it was amazing
I love how Sarah Jio's characters not only pop off the page, but they're also women I want to sit down with and share a cup of tea! I've read all her books and this one did not disappoint. I just love how Ms. Jio incorporates a little mystery, a little history and some romance into all of her books. Ada was a strong woman who had faced some incredible trials, but picked herself up and found happiness again. As I usually do, I put myself into the story into Ada's shoes. I could practically smell ...more
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