Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
The book opens with June in a hospital bed, desperate to check herself out and get back to work. She’s only 35, a vice president of the bank in New York City, and suffering from severe high blood pressure because of her job. She is the bad guy from the bank that liquidates small businesses that can’t keep up with their mortgage payments and the fast pace, and the stress, is getting to her. Of course that’s when the letter arrives in the mail – she’s inherited Bluebird Books, her aunt’s beloved bookstore in Seattle. A place where June and her sister Amy were practically raised. June decides she needs a break from her life in New York and returns to Seattle to look into selling the bookstore. But she can’t. She loves the place too much. Can she sell? Or can she get the store out of debt and stay?
Along with dealing with financial and personal crises June is on a treasure hunt from her Aunt Ruby. Ruby hid letters between herself and Brownie (Margaret Wise Brown) in first editions throughout the bookstore. Could Bluebird Books and Aunt Ruby have been the inspiration behind the iconic children’s book Goodnight Moon?
This book is almost too happy. Everything turns out well in the end, a little too well. But after reading the last book (The Pearl That Broke Its Shell) it was a very welcome change! The perfect beach read for those who grew up loving books.