Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Jennifer Robson’s latest, Goodnight from London.

goodnight from londonUnlike her earlier books, this one moves forward to World War II, when an American journalist takes a job with a paper in London, covering the Blitz (and living through it). In the best sort of way, this book reminded me of Rilla of Ingleside: the war seen from the home front, stretching on longer than anyone thought it could– although with rather more bombing and fewer war babies in soup tureens. And, of course, World War II rather than World War I.

And now for the best part! Would you like to read Goodnight from London now, rather than waiting for the May release? I have one ARC up for grabs. For a chance to win, just comment below!

The winner will be announced on Sunday…. Good luck!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Miss Eliza on March 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve been sucked into the world of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. Regency England, parallel Londons, dark magic! About to finish the first in the trilogy and move onto the second! Just bought the third yesterday, so yes, this is my whole plan for the weekend.

  2. Alise on March 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    In the middle of Alexander McCall Smith’s version of “Emma.” Just when I thought Mr. Woodhouse’s nuerosis couldn’t get any worse…they somehow managed to do so. Really enjoying The Austen Project!

  3. Sharlene on March 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I would love to read it. I adore this cover and have enjoyed her other novels.

    I am in between books right now and can’t seem to decide which to read next.

  4. Debbie Mitchell on March 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve never read a Jennifer Robson book. It looks interesting. I enjoy your books and if you’re recommending this one, I sure I would enjoy it.

  5. Adeia on March 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I’m reading Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey and loving it.

  6. Christine on March 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I tried to read “The Sleepwalker” by Chris Bohjalian but just couldn’t get into it and returned it to the library.

  7. Karen Townsend on March 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I finished the latest Maisie Dobbs book, which was also set at the beginning of WWII. I’ve read all of Jennifer Robson’s books and I’m looking forward to this new one! Another good book about women in WWII is The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. It’s about German women and very interesting to read something from that perspective!

    • Jennifer Robson on March 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Congratulations, Karen! If you’d like a signed and personalized bookplate to pop in the front of your ARC, just let me know — easiest way to get in touch is by clicking on the Contact tab on my website. Happy reading!

  8. Daniele K on March 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Today I finished a cozy mystery that an author asked me to read. Unfortunately, it was underwhelming. I hope to read A Bridge Across the Ocean this weekend.

  9. Anna on March 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I’m currently reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Goodnight from London sounds like it would make a great next read.

  10. Annette Johnson on March 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I’m reading The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

  11. Sheila on March 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I loved some non-fiction, Lost City of the Monkey God, very interesting, and a memoir called Lab Girl. Right now I am in the middle of C J Sansom’s Tudor mysteries, reading the third , Sovereign, and I think it is the best so far.

  12. Jillian on March 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Beatriz Williams’ A Hundred Summers. It is so amazing! Her writing is beautiful! I have you to thank for getting me hooked on her!

  13. Heather on March 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Finally started on “Big Little Lies.” Six chapters in, & I’m hooked! The interview tidbits thrown into the narrative give it a commentary feel, and it’s helping me get to know the characters. That one’s my travel book, which I’ll need for Monday’s queue for “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” At home, I’m re-reading “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King. I was discussing it with a co-worker, & realized it has been almost 8 years since I read it last.

  14. Amber on March 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

  15. Michelle Springer on March 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I just borrowed Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life from the Library. It’ll be my weekend reading.

  16. Jennifer Huelsebusch on March 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I loved Jennifer’s first series! Love anything set in London so definitely looking forward to reading this one!

  17. Shannon S on March 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I just finished Sandra Brown’s Sting. Goodnight from London sounds like a good book!!

  18. Jodi K on March 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I love Jennifer’s books!!! I am just starting Lisa Kleypas’ new one, Devil in Spring.

  19. Anne Smittle on March 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Welll……..I love her books and want to win the latest, but I confess I’ve been reading North Carolina Genealogy and American Settlements and Migrations all week.

  20. Susan Gormam on March 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I loved Jennifer’s story in the Poppies anthology from last year!

    I finished an ARC of Marie Force’s new book and am starting an ARC of Caroline Linden’s novella.

    Work is busy…so my reading time is limited!

    Have a great weekend !

  21. Maria on March 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    This week I reread Call the Midwife Book 1. I’ve been watching the PBS series with my mom and wanted to back to the source.

  22. Maria on March 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

  23. Calli Fox on March 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Ah, I love all of her books!! So excited for this.

  24. Dianne Casey on March 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I’m reading “The Guests on South Battery” by Karen White. I love the Tradd Street series.

  25. Sarah WJ on March 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I would so love to read this. Already asked for my library to purchase

    I finished ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey today. So well written but a chilling read.
    I am enjoying a re-read of ‘Remember Me’ by Sophie Kinsella.
    Planning to start a new adventure series tomorrow with Scott Marion’s ‘The Alchemist’s Secret’ or could go for Curtis Stainfield’s ‘American Wife.’
    For non-fiction, I am enjoying The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker’ which is a history of the UK through its census records. Pleasantly surprised when my ancestors made a guest appearance in the book.

    • Betty Strohecker on March 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

      How interesting!

  26. Lauren H on March 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I just finished listening to Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, brilliantly read by Bernadette Dunne. It was wonderfully creepy.

    Also working on Jodi Taylor’s A Symphony of Echoes, second in her Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, about time traveling historical researchers. It’s amazing.

  27. Barbara Paull on March 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I am reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. Foodies who are quirky and a little sad. Hoping for a happy ending.

  28. Molly Laird on March 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I have been reading Meredith Durans new book. I have love many different types of books.

  29. Susan on March 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I just finished A Good Time Coming by C.S. Harris, which is about the Civil War. It’s told from the perspective of a young girl in the Deep South. It’s more serious than the St. Cyr series but quite thought provoking and a grim reminder of the horrors of war.

  30. Alice on March 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Finished Sophie Kinsella’s newest, My Not So Perfect Life. It was adorable and I loved it! Also, The Book Thieves by Anders Rydell. Like The Monuments Men but with books. Very interesting but of course, tragic.

  31. Pat Dupuy on March 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve been reading Kristan Higgins’s On Second Thought. And reading the really good bits a second time.

  32. Lynne on March 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Besides rereading Tracy Grant’s Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch series, I am in the middle of The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, a wonderful memoir about his mother’s last months fighting cancer and how they formed their own personal book club in the process. I know it has a sad ending but it is so rich and warmly written it doesn’t matter. I heartily recommend it for everyone who is a book lover!

  33. Paige B. on March 18, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I am reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I just started it, but I was seriously laughing out loud while I was reading it at the doctor’s office.

  34. Kelley B on March 18, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I just finished I See You by Clare Mackintosh. A psychological thriller.

  35. Tara on March 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I’m reading That Summer. Absolutely love it. It’s conjuring up images of the English scenes from the movie The Holiday.

  36. Céline on March 18, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Ooooh! I would love to read Jennifer Robson’s latest book!!

    This week, I read a book (French), “14-14”, about two boys corresponding through a mysteriously magic box, one at the beginning of 1914 and the other in 2014.
    It was very very good! I loved it!!

  37. Erin on March 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    How wonderful! A Jennifer Robson giveaway! A Canadian girl whom I have had the pleasure of interacting with several times and she is a delight.I cannot wait for her new release- I would love a copy!

  38. Mary Lou on March 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I went back to basics: Mary Stewart! Binging on her books-they’re re-released so I picked up nice new copies to replace my falling apart ones. Wildfire at Midnight, The Gabriel Hounds, The Moonspinners, Airs Above the Ground, Madam Will you Talk?-all favorites from years ago.

    The Jennifer Robson book sounds like fun!

    • Bev Fontaine on March 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      I’ve been re-reading Mary Stewart also. Her stories do not get old! Madam Will You Talk is a favorite!

  39. Megan Larsen on March 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I would love a copy of that book! I just read an advance copy of Julie James’ new one The Thing About Love.

  40. Ann Hutter on March 18, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’m just finishing The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

  41. Laura on March 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Slowly but surely making my way through Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey. I have a new small person at home who has decided that sleeping during the night is not a necessary thing so I don’t have much time to read so the slow going is not the fault of the book!

  42. LynnS on March 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I recently finished Blackout by Connie Willis and am ready to start All Clear.

  43. Amy on March 19, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I read Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carringer. I started reading the Finishing school series from the start having never read any Carriger before. It’s amazing and I love, love, love it!

    Love Jennifer Robson (and Rilla); can’t wait to read this!

  44. Linda Lassman on March 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I read “Dawn Study” by Maria V Snyder and have started “Their Finest [Hour & a Half]” by Lissa Evans and am continuing with “The Saffron Gates” by Linda Holeman.

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