Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945
World War II is now in its third year and although nothing can dent the unwavering patriotism of Henrietta and her friends, everyone in the Devonshire village has their anxious moments. Henrietta takes up weeding and plays the triangle in the local orchestra to take her mind off things; the indomitable Lady B, now in her late seventies, partakes in endless fund-raising eve...more
So, in this book Henrietta continues her letters to her childhood friend, Robert who is fighting in WWII. She writes about their village and what is happening there. Henrietta is SO funny. Right at the beginning she ...more
I love "home front" WWII stories! Thanks,Goodreads! I will definitely review it, so the Goodreads team will know I am a good and dependable "first-reads" reviewer.
Jan 21, 2011 Just received this book in the mail today. I will start reading it as soon as I finish the book I am currently in the middle of - which is so good, I cannot put it down to read anything else!
I have now read this fun little ...more
"Henrietta Sees It Through" is a delightful book. Dennys has what my English teacher calls "that dry British wit"; mo ...more
This was the brilliant sequel to "Henrietta's War".
It covers the years 1942-1945.
In some ways I think I enjoyed "Henrietta Sees It Through" more than it's predecessor. The main reason for this is that by now I know and love all the many characters inhabiting Henrietta's w ...more
Dennys gets across the war weariness well, especially in the March 8, 1944 letter where "Henrietta" explains how ...more
They contain more of Joyce Dennys's delightful illustrations and the same colourful characters. The tone is still mainly light and humorous, but not as upbeat as the first book; the war has been going on a long time now and shortages, rationing, travel restrictions, etc. are making people more irritate ...more
I agree with other reviewers that if you like the Provincial Lady stories, you will enjoy this ...more
February 11, 1942
My dear Robert
Is there anything more fascinating than cutting the edges of a lawn?
I definitely liked this one! I'm trying to decide if I like it more than the first book, Henrietta's War, or if I just feel more comfortable liking it since most of the characters are familiar friends by this point. It definitely covers more than the first book. It speeds through the rest of the war. (Perhaps because this book doesn't publish every single letter originally ...more
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as par ...more
I have enjoyed this book very much. The characters are just delightful and feel like friends. I particularly loved the chapter where Henrietta is asked to donate books for the Red Cross and is then told that they will be made into pulp. The outcome is so funny, but totally understandable for any book lover. It's a good look at life in England during the war.
I can't wait to read more of these reissues by Bloomsbury.
The author has a gentle, witty, and very English sense of humor. I loved this book to pieces.
Many thanks to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this through a First Reads giveaway!
Totally charming! And now I want to read the first book. All the characters were so charming, I like the tone, the humor. A very nice surprise! One of my favorite books I won through Goodreads for sure.
oh just found out that the first book is available in ebook. Will have to buy it at some point.
I won't go into a lengthy praise fest with this one as I wrote a lot about the first volume and this runs along on similar lines.
Like the first book, thoroughly enjoyable read.
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‘Have another soda-mint,’ said Charles.
I had one. Then I said, ‘Why are we here? That’s what I don’t understand. Why be here at all when it all has to be so beastly?’
‘I suppose we just came, like mould on cheese.’
‘Then why do we want to be happy? Mould on cheese doesn’t want to be happy.’ ...”