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