Goodnight from London: A Novel
By Jennifer Robson
Writer Ruby Sutton has just been offered the assignment of a lifetime – a transfer to wartime London to provide human interest stories for her employer, a weekly publication called The American. It’s not long before the harsh reality of the war hits her: evenings spent in the air raid shelter, rationing, and most urgently, interviews with those impacted most by the increasingly more frequent – and deadly – air raids.
Ruby has a knack for getting people to open up and share their thoughts and experiences, but even more importantly, she can capture those thoughts in her articles, earning praise from her editors both in London and New York. She loves the independence her job brings, and the camaraderie of working with a dedicated team of journalists, but when push comes to shove, she’s on her own . . . or so she thinks.
A change in address brings a change in Ruby’s social fortune as well, and for the first time in her life she feels part of a family. Her work continues to define and inspire her, but her personal life is taking her in a new direction, one that is fraught with wartime uncertainty but buoyed by promise and possibility.
Inspired by the experiences of author Jennifer Robson’s grandmother, Goodnight from London is a wonderfully readable novel that never flags in interest and appeal. Ruby is a first-person witness to events any writer would dream to cover, but her dedication and sensibility keep her well-grounded and focused on the task at hand. Her background could make her an object of pity, yet it’s Ruby’s strength that becomes the focal point, and that personal strength underscores her journey from orphan to war-time correspondent.
Goodnight from London is an enthralling read, completely compelling and interesting as the pages fly by with a marvelous sense of time and place. Historical fiction doesn’t get any better than this!
Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com