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The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
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The Bungalow by Sarah Jio is a novel set a little bit in present-day Seattle, but mostly on Bora Bora during World War II. Anne's granddaughter is researching a sculpture by an unknown artist for a college project. They're together at Anne's house when Anne receives a letter from Bora Bora. She decides it's finally time to tell her granddaughter about her past...

Anne and Kitty are Best Friends Forever (wear matching pins to prove it). They first expressed their independent personalities by going to nursing school, rather than marry and enjoy idle lives of luxury as expected in their social set. Anne is just weeks away from marriage to a banker (too high-ranking to serve in the military) when Kitty reveals she's going to Bora Bora to nurse soldiers. Anne cannot resist an adventure; she can marry later.

Bora Bora is an island paradise, as promised in advertisements. Yet the women all work hard caring for their patients. Kitty is a tremendous flirt, always with a man when off duty. Anne disapproves, but since their head nurse is a strict taskmaster, and she and Kitty are BFF, she doesn't criticize Kitty.

Anne meets and befriends a soldier. Anne and Westry find a hidden rundown bungalow on the beach, and on off-duty hours fix it up. They "play house" and write love letters under assumed names. , and Together they help Kitty out of a desperate situation. One night they witness a murder, but Westry insists they keep quiet. Anne never knows why until decades later.

A sweet romance with a touch of mystery and an exotic location makes for an entertaining "beach read". A quick read, mostly predictable, yet holds a few interesting surprises.
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August 29, 2020 – Shelved
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August 30, 2020 – Finished Reading

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