Good­night from Lon­don By Jen­nifer Rob­son, Wil­liam Mor­row, 365 pages, $19.99

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I must dis­close: au­thor Jen­nifer Rob­son is a friend. But I imag­ine most read­ers who have fol­lowed her ca­reer — with this, her fourth novel, Rob­son is now a fix­ture on best­seller lists in Canada — feel that they, too, are her f amil­iar. “Good­night from Lon­don” is in­spired by the life of the au­thor’s grand­mother, who was a wartime jour­nal­ist in Western Canada. The novel tells the story of plucky Ruby Sut­ton, an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist whose met­tle is tested when she is tasked with re­port­ing on the af­ter­math of each ter­ri­fy­ing night dur­ing the Blitz in Lon­don. There is quiet strength in both the writ­ing and this char­ac­ter, as tales of brav­ery and heartache are told in a bell-clear voice. There’s also a sweet ro­mance, a com­pelling cast of sup­port­ing char­ac­ters and some mo­ments of breath­tak­ing sad­ness, wrought on the page with grace and sen­si­tiv­ity. This novel is as com­fort­ing and sin­cere as it is riv­et­ing and ex­pertly paced.

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