Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (4 out of 5)

I’m pretty sure I bugged Wendy at Simon & Schuster to send me a galley for this. I was confused because Goodreads had it listed as already out and the cover is way different (Not unusual, but this cover is so much better. And yellow. Which means the same). I believe it comes out sometime in July. I had read a very disturbing book, and needed something light to take the edge off. This was perfect!

This one is set in London during WWII. Emmeline contributes to the war effort by being a telephone operator. But she yearns for more. That usually means she’ll get more than she bargained for, this being literature and all. And she does, when she takes a job thinking she will be a war correspondent/journalist, only to find through a series of misunderstandings and miscommunication, that this is not the case at all. The job in question is actually as a typist for “renowned” (It’s in quotations for a reason) advice columnist Henrietta Bird. By typist, I should clarify that it basically means she is reading all of the letters, and answering in Mrs. Bird’s stead. There is, of course, a list of “unpleasantness”, or as we know it, forbidden fruit from which we are not allowed to sample. Which means subjects that Emmeline cannot answer, that won’t be answered or published in the paper. Emmeline is a deeply caring, practical young miss who gets too deeply involved in the letters, and she tries her hardest to obey the guidelines set to her by Mrs. Bird, but can she stop herself from giving a fig? Or will she damn the torpedoes and find a way to help these who have entrusted their faith in her? London continues to fall to pieces around Emmeline and her spirited friend Bunty, as she tries to balance her job duties with her personal feelings and a war raging around them.

Really, I have to be honest. This is not the sort of book I normally get into. A premise like this would strike me as “flight of fancy”. But there was something about that synopsis that Wendy sent in her email roundup, that compelled me to ask for a copy. I just recently finished another book that one of our Glenview booksellers loved, “Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk”, and I enjoyed that immensely. It is also a title I normally would have missed out upon, if not for my colleague’s enthusiastic response to it. I would have to say that this book falls into that category- a pleasant, funny, and lighthearted surprise. July is just around the corner, and this will be a flight of fancy for that book reader who is looking for something to take them away from this crazy world. Here it is!

~ by generationgbooks on June 3, 2018.

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