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Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel af AJ Pearce
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Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af AJ Pearce (Forfatter)

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"London, 1940. Emmeline 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 suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, 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 back to the readers who have poured out their troubles"--… (mere)
Medlem:MichelleConnell
Titel:Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel
Forfattere:AJ Pearce (Forfatter)
Info:Scribner (2018), 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:historical-fiction, historical-romance, novels, ww-ii

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Dear Mrs Bird af A J Pearce (2018)

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This was a heartwarming, feel-good novel about two friends living through the Blitz in London during World War II. Although it was a sweet book with many amusing parts, it also realistically describes the bombings. This actually made for a better, more memorable story - irresistibly funny and enormously moving.

I instantly liked the two main characters - best girlfriends Emmie and Bunty. And the other characters are all expertly drawn to round out the collection of "the good, the bad and the ugly" cast members. Kudos to first time author A.J. Pearce for skillfully recreating the emotions, values, and language of the time and place. While this was fiction, the plot was inspired by the wartime women's magazines that included a "Problem Page" - the Dear Abby column of the time.

I agree with others who describe this as a courageous, uplifting novel of friendship, bravery, and healing during times of adversity. I highly recommend this, and I can't wait to read the sequel "Yours Cheerfully." ( )
  PhyllisReads | Sep 5, 2021 |
I've been so over WWII books for so long, but this one didn't put me off as much. I suspect it was because it had a different angle than usual. Overall the book was really chill and sweet. ( )
  eslee | Aug 11, 2021 |
Snappy dialogue, optimistic protagonist make book enjoyable. Obvious sequel with many subplots left unfinished. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
historical fiction (WWII London aspiring-journalist becomes advice column typist)
I read to page 78 before stopping; I wasn't particularly hooked by the characters. The story is perfectly fine; the heroine plucky and daring and determined to keep her chin up despite her soldier fiancee leaving her for a nurse and her job turning out to be a far cry from the news reporting she'd hoped to do. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
First, read this:
My mother always said that a lot of men think that having bosoms means you’re a nitwit. She said the cleverest thing is to let them assume you’re an idiot, so you can crack on and prove them all wrong.
–and–
I tried to take a deep breath and be British and brave, but it didn't work, and instead, the tears began. Masses of them. Where did tears like that come from and how did they get there so fast? Were they always there, just waiting for something awful to happen? What a horrible job they had.
–and–
“Find out what you’re good at, Miss Lake, and then get even better. That’s the key.”
This is the general level of the book's rhetoric. It is just this side of platitudinous, saved by the adorable—if sometimes Pollyannaish—Emmy Lake herself.

This is a perfect Memorial-Day trip read. It is fairly compact, under 300pp in hardcover, and will never let you decide it's just too much work to keep on reading. I expect that, if it isn't in development at ITV yet, it is but a matter of moments before it is. Lily James needs to know about this property soonest...she's the perfect just-pretty-enough, just-soppy-enough, Heroine.

That sounded like a knock and I didn't mean for it to. Y'all millions who love these costume books about (great-)grandparents aren't wrong for enjoying these reminders that people have lived and loved and been kind and horrible to each other, often at the same time, since forever. The story here is much less a Romance than a novel of sensibility, demonstrating Emmy's and Bunty's Keep Calm and Carry On spirit.

Terrific use for your Kindle while traveling. ( )
  richardderus | May 21, 2021 |
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A jolly romp through London in the blitz sounds like an unlikely idea for a novel, but Dear Mrs Bird is full of poignant moments that cut through the froth of its narrator’s voice...And though at times the book seems like an Evelyn Waugh pastiche crossed with a Radio 4 comedy drama, complete with hilarious misunderstandings and some dodgy dialogue, Emmy is truly charming. When her upper lip finally wobbles, the reader’s will, too....In the end, the novel’s spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.
 

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"London, 1940. Emmeline 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 suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, 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 back to the readers who have poured out their troubles"--

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