Summer of 1940, Ruby Sutton, is working as a staff writer
for the 4th most popular weekly newsmagazine in New York
City called THE AMERICAN. Summoned to the office of the
editor, her boss, Mike Mitchell, Ruby immediately thinks
she has "stepped on somebody's toes" in her scant six months
working at the newsmagazine. Instead it is the offer of her
lifetime. Would she travel to London to cover the war in
Europe as a staff writer for the Picture Weekly?
The editor is a friend of Mike Mitchell. Walter Kaczmarek,
aka Kaz, wants a women's perspective
and he has been following Ruby's column and thinks she does
a good job dealing with human interest. Yes, she can and
she will. No family, no friends, what a chance to start a
new beginning across the pond
and forget her humble beginnings, a few secrets and to begin
a new adventure. She's off!
The ocean crossing as part of a convoy that is the lifeline
to keep Britain afloat bringing food, fuel and war materials
finds Ruby sea sick for the complete trip. Danger lurks
around them from German u-boats, but they dock safely in
Liverpool. A train takes her up to London and she is met
there by a handsome Army Captain. Charles Stuart Bennett,
who is a friend of Kaz and sent to welcome her. They travel
to the Manchester Hotel, a dowdy but clean hostel where Ruby
will live. Dinner at The Victory with Bennett, a small
restaurant owned by his friends serving delicious Lasagna.
They talk constantly and Ruby feels at ease with Bennett and
thinks he is the most good looking man she has ever met.
Why is he so nice? I think she is smitten, as is he.
Ruby is a brave and a delightful heroine that I rooted for
immediately. She meets many new friends on the Staff of
Picture Weekly and she writes stories that are well received
in London and in her column in New York. When she is bombed
out of her hotel , Bennett brings her to live with his Aunt
Vanessa and her daughters Bea and Vi. Cameo appearances by
Eleanor Roosevelt is an added pleasure as was the
description of the King and Queen from the balcony on V-E
Day. Bennett is an endearing hero, sweet, thoughtful and
caring always. How can you not fall in love with him? A
mystery man doing dangerous
feats but Ruby can't ask about but trusts him completely.
Is there a happy ending for them?
Jennifer Robson is a sterling storyteller of historical
fiction. Her descriptions of the Blitz in London is
powerful, as well as the visits to the shelters before and
after the many, many bombings when ordinary people do
outstanding things. A visit to Paris by Ruby as one of the
few war correspondents was exciting. GOOD NIGHT FROM LONDON
is a winner. 5 stars. I loved it!
From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer
Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and
Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel
that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an
ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to
report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an
ocean away from her past.
In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist
Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the
European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly
newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it's an
opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start
fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble
origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she
Although most of Ruby's new colleagues welcome her, a few
resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a
woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at
home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when
the bombs begin to fall.
As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into
weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to
remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but
her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers,
she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true
friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by
secrets that aren’t his to share.
Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the
wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a
captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story
that readers are sure to embrace.