I read Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio earlier this year and loved it, although some scenes were hard to read as I was eight months pregnant at the time. Now that I have my beautiful baby boy in my life, there were moments of this book that were even harder on my heart; however, I think that the emotional response I had is also testament to Sarah's incredible storytelling ability.
There were a lot of similarities between Morning Glory and Blackberry Winter, especially with regard to the story structure. Morning Glory switches narration between Ada's story, set in the present day, and Penny's story, set in the past. Ada has just moved into a houseboat in Seattle, after choosing to take a break from her life in New York City, and to escape from a painful situation and let her heart heal and grieve. Penny, who lived in the same houseboat decades earlier, is a newlywed, but unhappy in her marriage. Ada has learned about Penny's unhappiness and subsequent mysterious disappearance and resolves to learn more about this mysterious woman.
I think I love Sarah's books for the same reason that I love Jodi Picoult's writing. Although the storylines of both novels that I've read were similar in execution, I absolutely adored the writing and the storytelling. If Sarah's other books are similar in storytelling, it'll be nice to always be able to return to one of her books whenever I'm in need of a predictably good story. And by predictably good, I don't mean predictable -- but just one of those writers that you just KNOW is going to write a good book, with no disappointments.
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from Edelweiss. The fact that I received this book for review did not influence my opinion of this book in any way.