Friday, January 4, 2019

Dear Mrs.Bird by A.J.Pearce

5 Star

London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.

Kathryn - 5 Star

I loved this one!   At one point my ereader stopped working and I couldn't get it to reboot - I was so frustrated I had to procure myself a new one asap. 

The story has a modern feel for a historical novel for me- it felt like the plot moved quickly and was easily read but was firmly set during WWI.  I immediately loved Emmy, her energy, her optimism and her determination.  A force to be reckoned with she did her best to make the best of being Mrs.Bird despite not really feeling the part. Unfortunately, her desire to help didn't entirely work out and I felt for her when her optimism started to dwindle and she questioned herself.  Apart from the writing job she also juggles a voluntary position for the war effort and some lovely friends who added a lot to her personality.  

The appeal to this book for me wasn't just the job but the whole package.  The development of characters and storyline didn't miss a beat and it was a good perspective on women in the workforce during the period that I hadn't investigated before.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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