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The Bungalow

A Novel
Jio, Sarah (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bungalow


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"In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world--until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses--of life, and of love--that have haunted her for seventy years"--
Authors: Jio, Sarah
Title: The bungalow
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Plume,, 2012
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,21 cm
Notes: "A Plume book."
Summary: "In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world--until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses--of life, and of love--that have haunted her for seventy years"--
Alternate Title: Bungalow
ISBN: 0452297672
9780452297678
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Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • Irene99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gripping read! A real page-turner. About second chances for a long-lost love and how things conspired in difficult wartime circumstances to doom an early love for most of a lifetime. I didn't much care for the ending, so so compared to much of the rest of the book, but it was happy nevertheless.

Report This Feb 18, 2014
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting story of love lost and then regained.

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is a classic romance story that has a twist of murder and horrible betrayal. A perfect beach read!

Report This Jul 18, 2013
  • mistieanne rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good, quick summer read about love. I enjoyed it!

Report This Nov 02, 2012
  • Lanny213 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A book about the enduring power of love. Easy read. And of course everybody lives happily ever after.

Report This Aug 28, 2012
  • jfd5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An easy read, a light read. Scenery is described in detail, allowing the reader to enjoy the views. Sadly, there were many stories like this during WW II and others. May be a work of fiction, but it's real in many, many ways.

Report This Jun 04, 2012
  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You get to know Anne Calloway, a 90 year old woman, who is telling her grand daughter about her adventures and heartaches in Bora Bora (taking place during WWII) whereby she and her BFF head there as she tries to figure out what she wants and who she wants to be. You are transported to an island of great beauty, but it has a rough side. Read and find out if they make out alive and with each other. But also what surprise lay ahead when a letter appears in her mailbox years later that Anne's grand daughter discovers. Hopefully you will be swept away in sweet air of tropical flowers and tradewinds off the turquoise waters that surround this island.

Report This May 15, 2012
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel's speaker is Anne Calloway, an older woman whom circumstances cause to look back on her youth when she was a nurse stationed on Bora-Bora during World War II. The major part of the story occurs in 1942 and 1943 on Bora-Bora. Anne is engaged, but unsure of her feelings toward her fiance and finds herself drawn to a soldier named Westry. The two develop a secret friendship and meet in a small hidden building, the bungalow of the title. But things are happening to Anne's best friend Kitty that cause Anne to feel more distance between the two, and unsure of Westry. When Anne and Westry witness a crime, things between them change again, and their world is changed as Westry is redeployed and Anne's stint is over. It is Anne's granddaughter that urges her to take advantage of a recent letter and dig into the past to find the answers to those questions she has wondered about for decades. A story of mystery, romance, and circumstances that will appeal to many readers.

Report This Feb 26, 2012
  • AureliaReads rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is a book for teenaged girls. No one over 16 should waste time on it. It is barely above a Harlequin romance. No idea why the Ottawa library put it on the Express read shelf, in the adult section. The writing is sprinkled with cliches and syrupy metaphors. The plot is enough for a short story, not a novel. Re-read Mitchener's Tales of the South Pacific if you want lush, tropical romance --- for adults.

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