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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
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Jan 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read from March 19 to 25, 2011

Iris James, the Postmistress in Franklin, Massachusetts, has a very strict code she lives by. She must deliver the mail and run the post office efficiently. She's a woman who puts "all her ducks in a row." In fact, when we first meet her she's in a doctor's office obtaining a "certificate" attesting to her virginity. At 40 years old and unmarried in 1940, you would think this unnecessary, but Iris is sure any man would want such a thing. Frankie Bard is one of "Murrow's Boys," or girl, in her case, one of the intrepid war correspondents in London during the Blitz. Emma Fitch is married to Will, the town doctor of Franklin, Massachusetts. Long an orphan, she is just looking for someone to watch over her. How the lives of these three women intertwine is at the heart of this amazing story. Set in a time when letters were more important than they are today, it is a tale of small town America and how it learns about the war in Europe. Frankie's voice brings the war to Franklin and a letter brings Frankie to them. Iris, the sturdy postmistress, falls in love for the first time and fails to deliver a letter, which is instrumental.

I will reveal no spoilers here, but urge everyone to read this novel. It discusses life and death without sentimentality and the relationships all ring true. You'll never forget these women or Harry or Otto or Thomas or Billy or....

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