by Sarah Jio
Genre: Women's Fiction
Review: Sarah Jio's latest novel is my favorite of all five. A woman moves to a houseboat community on a lake in Seattle, called Boat Street, to grieve the loss of her husband and daughter. Once there, she stumbles upon the mystery of Penny Wentworth, former boat inhabitant, wife of a moody painter.
The setting in Seattle is a character in itself, and the flashbacks to Ada's life with James and Ella aren't sentimental, but revealing. Both Penny and Ada are well-drawn characters.
Finding out what happened to Penny proves a worthy distraction, as does her neighbor Alex.
Read my reviews of Jio's other books: The Last Camellia, Blackberry Winter, and The Bungalow.