Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.
Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.
As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.
Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
This book. It was such a beautifully written WWII story. It wasn’t the “typical” story of that time period, or at least not what I consider to be “typical”. Instead, it focuses on a female American journalist living and working in London during the war. I appreciated this “change of scenery” because it kept the story from feeling stale or repetitive. Ruby’s journey takes you through highs and lows, from the devastation of the war, to the blessings of finding her home away from home, to the joys and sorrows of love lost and found.
I appreciated that Ruby was a strong woman doing a “man’s job”, and that she didn’t let the stereotype or the stigma affect her. I also loved her ability to connect with the people around her. She felt very real and believable, and I so wanted to be her friend.
This was such a great book. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I just plain loved everything about it. I definitely recommend adding it to your summer reading list if you’re a fan of historical and/or WWII fiction, character-driven stories, and/or strong female protagonists. Robson really hit the nail on the head with this one, and I can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.
Also, I highly recommend reading the extras at the end of the book (About the Author, About the Book, and Read On. . .). Robson offers some truly fascinating insight into her research for this book, and it made the story that much more intriguing.
Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.