Historical Fiction Review: Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson
Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson Book Review
It’s the summer of 1940. American journalist Ruby Sutton is about to get her big break. She’s been asked to report on the Second World War as a staff writer for a prevalent news magazine in London. Without a family or friends to tie her home, Ruby gladly accepts. It’s her chance to start over in a place where no one knows of her more than humble origins. She expects war reporting will be tough, but she quickly learns her time in Britain will test her in more ways than she thought possible.
In the midst of terrorizing nightly bombings known as the Blitz, Ruby finds her way among new colleagues. Most are friendly, but some start to resent her presence; not just as a talented journalist, but as a woman. Life in wartime London is the hardest thing Ruby has ever done, but also the best. Among the rubble of a war zone, Ruby discovers the true meaning of friendship, family, and what it is to fall in love.
Reading Goodnight from London is like coming home. Jennifer Robson’s writing is fluid and comfortable. Her ability to balance plot and character development keeps the pages turning. It’s a pleasure to watch Ruby transform over the years she spends in wartime London. Few things are more beautiful than witnessing a kind yet determined person discover that family isn’t always blood, it’s what you make it.
While the cover may insinuate romance, Goodnight from London is much more. In essence, Goodnight from London is the portrait of a tragic war and how it affects both Ruby’s career and personal life as the long years of hardship progress. Of course, there is a romance aspect involved, one of the best I’ve read in a while, but it doesn’t overshadow or over-dramatize an already enticing story. Robson allows the courtship to build over the course of the novel, resulting in a love story that feels more genuine than most.
What would you change?
Not one period, apostrophe, or sentence. This is a purely enjoyable, lovely work of fiction that I can see myself reading again and again as the years go by.
Would you recommend this?
Absolutely. So would many others. At the time of this posting, Goodnight from London enjoys a 4.1-star rating on Goodreads and a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. The numbers don’t lie.
The Bottom Line:
Goodnight from London is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017 so far. Supremely enjoyable from start to finish, I couldn’t find a thing wrong with this novel. And believe me, I tried. I reserve my full star ratings for books that truly deserve it. Goodnight from London is one of those rare few. Click the cover below to get your copy!
VERDICT: Buy it.
LENGTH: 400 pages
PUBLISHER: William Morrow (May 2, 2017)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson. Keep scrolling for a pro/con list and rating breakdown.
- Beautifully written, without being overbearing
- Relatable characters
- A great romance story
- A quick, enjoyable read
- None! Go read it!