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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Jio Narrator: Gin Hammond Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781593166229
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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 fiancé, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Bungalow is my favorite book of the year!”

    Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A heartfelt, engaging love story set against the fascinating backdrop of the war in the Pacific.”

    Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In this rare piece of historical chick lit, a sweeping love story unfolds between a young nurse and a mysterious soldier.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Extraordinarily real…A true page-turner.”

    WomansDay.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sinead | 2/7/2014

    " Loved it, as i loved all of Sarah's books. Kept me hooked until the end. Can't wait to get the next one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/1/2014

    " The characters in this book have stayed with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marietta | 1/25/2014

    " Quick, easy read. The focus was on the main character and very little pertained to WWII. There are some interesting, if not very plausible, twists in the plot. I would read oter novels by Sarah Jio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosi | 1/21/2014

    " I loved this story. I recommend putting it on your "to read" list. Good story line, interesting characters, and hard to put down. That's my definition of a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/1/2014

    " I loved this book..it has it all friendship, love, and mystery. It was a great escape... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 12/30/2013

    " Easy read and very predictable. So much foreshadowing that the mystery was lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 12/14/2013

    " Loved this book. Great summer read...fast, easy read that I did not want to put down. Nice twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walterine Lukeman | 12/13/2013

    " Sarah Jio's second book. I could not put this down! Stayed up to the early morning hours to finish reading :). I love when a book fills me with emotion to the point that I have happy tears in my eyes. Great job on this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 12/8/2013

    " a quick, beachy read. no surprises here, not literary genius, but entertaining and a love story that'll make you swoon. Kinda reminiscent of the notebook, but a little bit better written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Zelik-Diker | 12/6/2013

    " Terrible. Don't even waste your time. Hokey and major problems get introduced and then two sentences later they are resolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 11/30/2013

    " Fantastic book!! I couldn't put it down. I liked it better than Violets of March. I can't wait to read the next one!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/25/2013

    " Closer to 3.5 stars. This is a good old fashioned love story. Well wriiten and a great book to curl up with on a winter afternoon! I haven't read jio's other work yet but I'm adding her to my list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 11/21/2013

    " Predictable, cheesy love story. Not worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mona | 11/14/2013

    " Even though I found this book predictable I still liked it. The writing was not impressive and the characters were pretty shallow. Her other book Violets of March was much better than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn B | 11/5/2013

    " Really love this book. Looking forward to reading any new books by Sarah Jio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 10/25/2013

    " A decent mindless, poolside read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jio | 8/16/2013

    " I wrote it, so I'm allowed to love it, right?! Thank you everyone for reading. Excited to hear what you think of the story! xo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tri-reader | 5/17/2013

    " Definitely a page turner that kept me up all hours finishing it. Loved the story, very well written and captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 4/10/2013

    " This book was lovely, but I've never read a book with a more tied-up-with-a-bow ending. It was almost like the author wanted to end the book ASAP so she made everything happen perfectly. It still was an affecting conclusion, but too picture-perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/26/2013

    " i could not put this book down. i borrowed {the bungalow} from the library at 4pm and finished it at 1:30am. excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/25/2013

    " One of the BEST books I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Harp | 10/11/2012

    " What If? seems to be the theme of this novel. Anne, true blue friend, lets Kitty turn her life upside down and still aches for her BF. Love the characterization, great research of WWII and cool ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/4/2012

    " Brought back memories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/21/2012

    " I give it 3.5 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison Brewer | 8/4/2012

    " I enjoyed The Violets of March and thought this might be another easy read to kick off summer. It was predictable and not believable- seemed like it was a story written by a teenager. A little too romance novel-like for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 7/27/2012

    " I feel torn about this book. I wanted to keep reading because I was intrigued by the story... But was not happy with what happened and it just made me feel angry and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 3/15/2012

    " I've now read all of Sarah Jio's novels. This one was my favorite. I had a hard time putting it down to work or anything else. Just don't read the ending at work unless you have a private office so no one can see you tear up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/15/2012

    " I loved this book. A silly love story that begins during WWII and ends in the present, I wouldn't call this an intellectual read. But it was very entertaining and I couldn't put it down. I'm not above saying I got choked up at the end. "

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