Thursday, June 12, 2014


Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

This is my first Sarah Jio book and I can promise it won't be my last. I'm just wondering what took me so long to read her books.

I loved everything about this book from the story taking place on a row of houseboats. How cool is that! to Ada finding the trunk and making every effort to find out what happened to Penny. At every turn she meets resistance from the residents of Boat Street. They are closed off and no one will talk about it.

She makes friends and enjoys her time on Boat Street, never failing to remember the tragedy that sent her there, but working to get to a better place in her life with the help of those on Boat Street.

There are a ton of colorful characters and Jio makes you fall in love with some and makes others the evil villain.

This book was such a joy to read with the two plots actually working together.

5 stars