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Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945

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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
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 1986)
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Susan
This is the sequel to “Henrietta’s War,” and again it takes the form of fictional letters, written by Henrietta Brown – wife to the local doctor and mother to grown up children Bill and the Linnet – who spent the war in a ‘safe area’ of Devon, in the small rural community where she lived. Published in Sketch magazine, these letters gave the housewife a voice in the war; showing the daily struggles made by the countless women around the country who coped with rationing, evacuees – or being one – ...more
Susan Kavanagh
Henrietta Sees It Through is a terrific read. I am partial to novels written in the epistolatory style and this book is a fine example of how well this technique can work. Henrietta’s letters to an old friend paint of picture of British life on the home front during the Second World War. Henrietta is a doctor’s wife in a small town. Her witty letters amuse the reader with tales of family, friends and neighbors and include the author’s charming drawings of their adventures. While always written w ...more
Elisha Condie
I just read this again and feel like it deserves a better review. For some perverse reason I have a much easier time articulating why I didn't like a book. When I love one I just keep spluttering "It's so good! So good! I really loved it!" .... which is obviously lacking in detail.

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
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Roberta
Henrietta Sees It Through è il seguito di Henrietta's War, già recensito qui. In realtà entrambi i volumi raccolgono una serie di lettere fittizie ad un fittizio amico scritte e pubblicate (sulla rivista The Sketch) da Joyce Dennys durante la seconda guerra mondiale. Se l'intento ufficiale di Joyce Dennys (e del suo alter ego Henrietta) è di sollevare il morale dei cittadini e dei soldati inglesi, sicuramente una delle più importanti motivazioni dell'autrice fu la frustrazione dovuta al passaggi ...more
Austen to Zafón
Dennys was frustrated during WWII; frustrated with being "the doctor's wife" rather than her own person, with her role as a housewife, and mostly with being made to feel guilty about not "contributing" more to the war effort because she was an older & provincial woman. She vented these frustrations through her character Henrietta, who writes letters to her childhood friend Robert, away fighting. Henrietta is charming and honest and I adore her. I enjoyed this sequel to "Henrietta's War" even ...more
Val
Henrietta's (fictional) letters to her childhood friend were published as a newspaper column throughout the war. This is the second batch, after Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942.
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
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emily
Henrietta Sees It Through proves just as witty and charming as the previous volume, Henrietta's War. Written in the form of letters from Henrietta to her childhood friend (now turned soldier), Robert, with amusing little cartoons strewn throughout, I've found this series to be an absolute comfort and delight. Henrietta is a very sensitive sort, more easily affected by things than most, and I find it especially interesting to read about the war from this point of view as I'm exactly the same. It' ...more
Kathy
This book is a sequel to Joyce Dennys Henrietta's War. While Dennys was reserved in the first book, she opens up a bit more to the reality of homefront hardships in Henrietta Sees it Through. The same "letter to a solider abroad" format is used for this second book, with the major theme being the stresses and extreme guilt placed upon the women left behind from the British government.

Dennys gets across the war weariness well, especially in the March 8, 1944 letter where "Henrietta" explains how
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Cherie
This is my very first "first-reads" book won! I have not received it yet, but I can't wait to get it.
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
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Jamie
First of all I want to say THANK YOU FIRST READS (!!!!) for sending me a free copy of this book...and sorry it has taken me sooooo long to finish! I wanted to read the first edition of Henrietta stories before starting this one.

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
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Susanna
"Henrietta Sees It Through" is the sequel to another book in the Bloomsbury Group series, "Henrietta's War." The two novels, written by Joyce Dennys during the second World War, are actually compilations of "letters" written from Henrietta to her childhood friend, Robert. These letters were published in "Sketch" magazine during the war and were published in book form in the 1980s.

"Henrietta Sees It Through" is a delightful book. Dennys has what my English teacher calls "that dry British wit"; mo
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Kari
Jan 29, 2011 Kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves historical fiction
Recommended to Kari by: I won it on Goodreads!!
This book originally ran as a magazine series in England during World War II. It is a compilation of letters written by Henrietta, "The Doctor's Wife", to her childhood friend and neighbor, Robert, who is serving on the war front. It focuses on the happenings and the people of the Devonshire village in which they both live, not on the actual battles or events of the wars. It covers the trials and events of the everyday people trying to keep life as normal as possible during the war. It covers ra ...more
Megan
What a great book - I was a little concerned when I got it from the First Reads giveaway, since I hadn't read the first volume - but that turned out not to be a problem at all. It took a few pages to figure out the relationships between the characters, but you get caught up quickly. It is wonderful that this publisher is unearthing some of these forgotten mid-20th century books that would otherwise be forgotten - most of what is currently out there from the WWII era, at least on the American sid ...more
Rob
At first it was a little difficult to get into this novel without having read the predecessor and therefore not knowing the cast of characters but after awhile you begin to appreciate the vignettes for what they are: enjoyable slices of life from the time period of World War II. I think what I found most interesting and notable was the affect war had on gender roles; there are a number of instances where Dennys subtlety reminds the reader that while women were asked to give of themselves as equa ...more
Sarah
Mar 08, 2011 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: E. M. Delafield fans
Shelves: 2011, uk, series
This book is a collection of fictional letters Dennys wrote for Sketch, a British magazine. The majority (but certainly not all) are light in tone and are accompanied by simple line drawings. I was worried at first because this is the second book, the first being Henrietta's War, but the episodic nature meant it wasn't a problem. I enjoyed this one so much that I am planning to get a copy of the first.

I agree with other reviewers that if you like the Provincial Lady stories, you will enjoy this
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Becky
How it begins...

February 11, 1942
My dear Robert
Is there anything more fascinating than cutting the edges of a lawn?

My review:

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
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Jaylia3
This is a light-hearted but moving book about life in small town Britain during WWII. The local villagers couldn't fight Hitler directly but they did what good they could by weeding gardens,raising funds, taking in evacuees and generally not letting the war get the best of them. Written as a series of letters from Henrietta, the village doctor's wife, to her childhood friend Robert who is off fighting somewhere, Henrietta Sees it Through is best read only an entry or two at a time. By the final ...more
Michelle
This is the sequel to Henrietta's War and follows the correspondence of Henrietta on village life during WWII as the war progresses. While there are still the humorous touches of village life and dealing with the privations of war, it is clear that the war has taken some toll on their lives. We do see a marriage and the birth of a baby. Lady B, despite her age, keeps soldiering on, and lifts Henrietta's spirits from time to time. The doctor indulges her quirks, and it is clear that he loves her ...more
Jennifer
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I saved it to read on a flight. It seemed like it would be perfect vacation reading for me, and it was. Written during WWII, it chronicles village life as seen by married, empty nester Henrietta. Written as a series of letters to a childhood friend and neighbor serving at arms, Henrietta vents the frustrations of war time living, but never wallows in them, always poking fun, but never losing sight of what is important. I can see why these letters were so a ...more
Siria
This is a compilation of a series of brief, morale-boosting newspaper pieces written during the Second World War. The humour is mild, mid-century and middle class, and though Dennys occasionally does acknowledge the stifling, fearful atmosphere of the times, it's rarely for long. Had the comical aspect of the book more bite, or the characterisation more emotional depth, I think I would have liked this much more. As it is, while I found it an interesting historical artefact, the amiable charm of ...more
Heather
A wonderful 'cosy' read. . and an interesting window into an English village in Devon during the war years.
maven
Written as letters to a friend fighting in Europe during WWII, "Henrietta Sees It Through" follows Henrietta Brown, her family, and friends through the trials and tribulations of wartime England. Such a sweet book, it was slightly reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse, though Henrietta and her friends are not quite as mischievous as Bertie Wooster and his friends. A very enjoyable read, even if you've not read the first volume (as I hadn't).

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as par
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Sarah
A fun wartime read in the style of Diary of a Provincial Lady.
Florence Millo
.Henrietta Brown is the doctor’s wife in a small English village during WW II. She and her family and friends carry on with their lives and duties during that difficult time. Dennys is a wonderful portrayer of human nature. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the delightful line drawing illustrations that are scattered throughout the book bringing the characters even more to life. Along with her previous book Henrietta’s War, be prepared not to be able to put these wonderful books down.
Ruth Dipple
A lighthearted read often with serious undertones. I found myself in sympathy with Henrietta very often. The character sketches are deftly done and charming, and the book gives many insights into life on the home front in the Second World War.
Angela
Charming, delightful, and witty. I loved reading Henrietta's account of life during wartime. I was surprised at how many varied subjects she touched on - like isolationist patriotism, feminism, and child-rearing - are still appropriate today. All of these subjects are touched on matter-of-factly in the course of the narrative, not as the end to the writing itself. The personal, after all, is the political.
I can't wait to read more of these reissues by Bloomsbury.
Jenny T
Such a little gem. A series of fictional (yet semi-autobiographical) letters from the wife of a doctor in an English village during World War Two. Henrietta weeds in her garden, attends dog shows, takes in evacuees from bombed London, and generally carries on.
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!
Martha
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

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.
Susan
As World War II continues, the residents of Henrietta's little Devonshire village face harder challenges, and some tragic losses. They also meet the Americans who are now stationed in their part of England, getting ready for the invasion of France. Petty bickering threatens some friendships, but in the end their inherent goodness and courage give them strength to win through to the end of the war.
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JOYCE DENNYS was born 14th August 1883 in India. The Dennys family relocated to England in 1886. Dennys enjoyed drawing lessons throughout her schooling and later enrolled at Exeter Art School. In 1919 Dennys married Tom Evans, a young doctor, and they moved to Australia. While living in New South Wales, Dennys's work was constantly in print and exhibited in many galleries. In 1922 Joyce became a ...more
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“Living in a small town...is like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s perfectly awful, but it’s always good for you. People in large towns are like only-children.” 14 likes
“...‘All this suffering,’ I said, ‘and nothing but greed and violence to build on when the war is over.’
‘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.’ ...”
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