Release date - 5th April 2018
Book length - 320 pages
Publisher - Picador
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ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.
I am in love with DEAR MRS BIRD by AJ Pearce. Brimming with spirit, this moving tale will burrow into your heart and make you feel every emotion possible as you become deeply invested in Emmy and Bunty's lives.
Set during the war, Emmy and Bunty are two best friends who are determined to do their part in the war effort. Volunteering at the fire station, Emmy has dreams of being a journalist, a war correspondent doing important and dangerous deeds. So when a job becomes available at a prestigious London newspaper, Emmy jumps at the opportunity. But she soon learns that wires have been crossed somewhere as she finds herself helping the formidable Mrs Bird reply to readers questions for a woman's magazine. This in itself isn't too disheartening if Mrs Bird was willing to help so many women who were lost, scared, or torn during this horrible time, but Mrs Bird refuses to help most of their readers, deeming their problems as unacceptable. Well, Emmy has an idea how she can help even if it could cost her her job and when tragedy strikes, Emmy and Bunty will have to fight even harder for what they believe in.
DEAR MRS BIRD by AJ Pearce is heartbreakingly beautiful and brings the hardships and unbelievable strength of human spirit that existed during the war to astonishing light. Emmy and Bunty are brilliant characters who feel like family almost instantly. During their highs and lows, there is always this core of kindness and strong values that shines through on every page. This story will make you smile and make you cry, and completely hook you from the very first line. If I have one negative thing to say about DEAR MRS BIRD is that I didn't want it to end - I want to know what happens next for Bunty and Emmy and how life turns out for Mr. Collins, Kath, and the gang at the fire station - so I really hope there will be a sequel someday soon.
DEAR MRS BIRD by AJ Pearce is everything you want in a historical novel and more so run out and buy your copy as soon as possible because it is a gem that should not be missed.
AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. A chance discovery of a 1939 women's magazine became the inspiration for her ever-growing collection and her first novel Dear Mrs Bird. She now lives and writes in the south of England.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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