#SRC2017 – WEEK 3 – Goodnight from London – Jennifer Robson
Goodnight From London
From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.
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.
Top Secret – Your Mission This Week
Every week, there will be a new challenge for you to complete. Follow the steps below to be entered into our weekly secret giveaway!
- Post a picture inspired by this week’s prompt. This week our prompt is: “Share your favorite British export (TV show, actor, treat…)”
- Tag @BookSparks and include #SRC2017
*Bonus points for including your copy of the book in your picture!
About The Author
An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history geek, Jennifer is the author of three novels set during and after the First World War: Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, and Moonlight Over Paris, and a contributor to the anthology Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War.
Jennifer first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. She studied French literature and modern history as an undergraduate at King’s University College at Western University, then attended Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained her doctorate in British economic and social history. While at Oxford she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.
Jennifer lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children, and shares her home office with Ellie the sheepdog, Mika the kitten, and Sam the cat.