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Dear Mrs. Bird : a novel by A. J Pearce
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Dear Mrs. Bird : a novel (edition 2018)

by A. J Pearce

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Title:Dear Mrs. Bird : a novel
Authors:A. J Pearce
Info:New York : Scribner, 2018.
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What an enjoyable story. This takes place during the Blitz, when many left behind on the home front are taking on a variety of unusual jobs, sometimes multiple ones. When Emmeline, who wishes to become a war correspondent, applies for a job at a news magazine, she doesn't realize the misunderstanding until too late. She is hired as a typist to the advice columnist at a floundering women's magazine. When she can't stop herself from secretly replying to some of the letters Mrs. Bird finds too Scandalous, you just know things are going to go Awry. I really enjoyed her relationship with her best friend Bunty and how both girls and many other Londoners make their way through this tumultuous time. ( )
  ethel55 | Oct 15, 2018 |
Loved the book. Hope there is a follow you as I want to know what happens to everyone. It ends in summer 1941. Long time before the war ends. It would make a great movie. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 14, 2018 |
A pure delight! I loved this story and it is probably my favorite book I read this year. I loved the premise of thinking you're being hired to be a War Correspondent when in fact, it's actually a typing job for a small, dying women's periodical. I laughed, I cried, and I thoroughly enjoyed this clean, refreshing story about two young best friends, their boyfriends, and their work during the bombings in London during the war years. ( )
  MichelleConnell | Sep 26, 2018 |
Emmy Lake is the endearing main character in this novel, which is set in the west end of London during WWII. Emmy eagerly responds to a help wanted ad for a junior typist at a publishing company, convinced that she will be working for a newspaper and eventually moving into the role of a wartime correspondent. The reality is she will be typing responses in an advice column for the formidable Mrs. Bird, a no-nonsense woman with a total aversion to any letters that seek her advice on anything she deems salacious.

The effects of the bombings, destruction and air raids in London are also seen in the book, as is the courage and stoicism of the English people. When Emmy's life is severely altered after a bombing, she gains a new perspective on herself and the people she loves. There are moments in this book of poignancy, humor and great sadness, which all combine to create a memorable novel. AJ Pearce has admirably captured the zeitgeist of that era in English history. ( )
  pdebolt | Sep 22, 2018 |
Emmeline Lake thinks she's landed her dream job and will finally be able to make a difference in the world by reporting on the war. When her position turns out to be typist for an advice columnist, Emmy tries to make the best of her tragic mistake. A refreshingly joyful WWII story, told by a charming and plucky young heroine, with a narrative style that is highly amusing. The book doesn't shy away from the realities of WWII in London but finds a path through the pathos by viewing war from the perspective of the young and hopeful women living through it. Though not without tragedy, this is a satisfying, well-written, feel-good book that stands alone but will hopefully have a sequel! ( )
  bookappeal | Sep 4, 2018 |
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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"--… (more)

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