Dear Mrs Bird
London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from...more
With a blend of lightheartedness and a dose of the heartbreaking reality of wartime, A.J. Pierce gives recognition to the women at home during WWII in this story taking place during the London blitz. Emmeline Lake’s lofty ambition to be a war correspondent isn’t meant to be when she finds out the job she applied for as a junior secretary for The Evening Chronicle was actually for a weekly magazine called Woman’s Friend, working for Henrietta Bird. She’s a straight laced advice columnist who will ...more
London is trying to survive in the middle of the Blitz. The Londoners are doing their best to go on with their lives, amidst the devastating results of the air raids. A young woman, Emmeline, wants to become a war correspondent. However, she is stuck in the ''headquarters'' of a dying magazine, typing letters addressed to Mrs. Bird, a formidable editor who gives advice on everything. Everything t ...more
All in all, this is a story about the helpers of World War 2 - amongst all the atrocities, there was a bit of light in those who came to the rescue of others.
The author drew inspiration for the book after finding an advice column in a women’s magazine from 1939 (love this so much!). AJ Pearce has done some beautiful justice to th ...more
This was a light hearted romp in 1940’s London that centered around Emmeline (Emmy) Lake, a strong and determined young woman doing her part to help the war effort. Emmy finds herself employed as the typist for an eccentric and outrageous advice columnist, Mrs. Bird. While the job isn’t exactly what Emmy had hoped it would be, she puts forth her best effort and tries to help improve the columns dying fan base.
The novel gives interesting insight into a women ...more
This is also a story of friendship, and you get a good feel for what everyday life ...more
A.J. PEARCE delivers an intriguing and well-written tale here with very interesting, real, and loveable characters. The story was told from the perspective of Em ...more
I think Emmy's enthusiasm for becoming a reputable World War II correspondent clouded her understanding of the job description at the London Evening Chronicle. I loved her optimism and how upbeat she felt even after realizing she was only hired as a typist for a woman's advice column.
Her uptight boss, Mrs. Bird was anything but an endearing lady. She was overbearing and wanted Emmy to trash all letters containing wha ...more
Emmy Lake *thinks* she's interviewing for a war correspondent job. Finally, she will become the hard hitting journalist of her dreams. But as she daydreams through her job interview, she misses that she's really taking a typist position at a stodgy women's magazine. Far from being on the front lines, she'll be producing copy of Henrietta Helps, an advice column that does not offer much in the way of advice at all. Henrietta refuses to deal any reader problems ...more
Unfortunately, I found it predictable, overwritten, over-explained, and, generally speaking, I found our heroine, Emmeline Lake, overbearing and too earnest.
Dear Mrs Bird should have been right up my alley and I was disappointed it wasn't the good lighter novel I was so desperate to find. I got bored and skimmed a lot.
I will say this, Dear Mrs Bird could easi ...more
”We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
“So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song”
--”We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn, Songwriters: Hughie Charles / Ross Parker
Overflowing with charm and humour, Dear Mrs. Bird is a treat as sweet as that favour ...more
I never tire of World War II fiction. I say it in many of my reviews, but for posterity, my late grandparents were young people in the 1940s. Both grandfathers fought in WWII, and I feel like I can visit this time with them through books.
So how does Dear Mrs. Bird eke out a name for herself in a sea of WWII reads? The answer: with humor and finding joy even amid the most turbulent times.
It is 1940 in London, and adorable and lovable chara ...more
feisty courageous gals in wartime add charm to horrific true events during WWII.
Over 40,000 civilians were killed by Luftwaffe bombings during the war. Another 87,000 seriously injured...
The Blitz was a German bombing against Britain in 1940 and 1941 during WWII.
The Blitz was Hitler’s attempt to bring the British to their knees..... yet British ‘character’ and ‘women’ were underestimated. Hitler overlooked the countries secret weapon: the brave women who refused to ...more
This book is heartwarming and mostly uplifting, set in the grim times of the blitz. It pays homage to the women who volunteered and tried to go about their daily lives in London during WWII.
Emmeline Lake is an ambitious young woman with her own desire to be a war correspondent, especially when a junior secretarial job opens up at The Evening Chronicle, she believes she is on her way to achieving her dreams. However, what she has actually applied for is Woman's Friend, a different magazine, ...more
A.J. Pearce does a great job giving a voice to the women at the home front though letters to an advice columnist. We see ho ...more
This is a delightful and often very funny book mostly due to the very entertaining characters. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of London during the Blitz and the way the people carried on regardless and helped each other cope in the face of terrible difficulties. Eventually of course these difficulties arrived at Emmy and Bunty's door and then I reached for the ...more
Sometimes no matter how much you try to convince yourself that you are going to love a particular book, it just does not happen the way you planned. Such was the case with Dear Mrs. Bird.
I was so looking forward to reading this book for it had all the elements of a story I would adore. I love books about the trials and difficulties many experienced during the war, as well as a view of London at that time. Typically, this boo ...more
Dear Mrs. Bird is an intriguing tale that takes you back to the streets of London during WWII and into the life of Emmeline Lake a cheery, optimistic, young woman who after finding herself inadvertently working on the advice column for Woman's Friend magazine takes it upon herself to begin secretly doling out guidance to those on the home front seeking advice for "inappropriate topics".
The prose is comical and light. The characters are plucky, sympathetic, and real ...more
It’s London, World War II and Emmeline Lake dreams of being a war correspondent. Unfortunately, she has no experience as a journalist and no newspaper will hire her. Finally, she gets what she thinks is her big break, only to have it turn out to be an assistant job to Henrietta Bird, the advice columnist for a women’s magazine.
Henrietta Bird is what is politely called a formidable woman. Her values and outlook are 100% Victorian and she doesn’t tolerate anything tha ...more
Emmy Lake thought she was applying for a job as a lady war correspondent and only after she started work realised she'd be wor ...more
The story is told from the perspective of a young woman named Emmeline Lake, whose fondest wish is to become a journalist. In particular, a Lady War Correspondent. Emmy lives in Pimlico and shares a flat with her best f ...more
Emmeline Lake has a dream of being a war journalist. While the Second World War rages through London, Emmy is volunteering as an emergency services reporter, trying to “do her bit” for the war effort, when she comes across an advertisement to work for a newspaper. Immediately intrigued, Emmy applies and gets the job, only to find out that the job involves basi ...more
When Emmy (Emmeline), saw an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dream of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly becomes achievable. But the job is for a typist for the fierce advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs Birds rules are very clear: letters containing any unpleasantness must go straight in the bin.
Not the job she was ho ...more
I fell in love with Emmy, Bunty, and all the other characters in this story and when I realized I'd turned the last page, I was truly disappointed to be leaving their lives. I went into this book thinking it would be light and silly, and parts of it definitely were. But what I didn't expect (and was delighted to find!) were the layers of depth beneath the top floofy veneer.
Emmy, like other young women in London of 1940, is Doing Her Bit for the ...more
1940’s London during the uncertain and dangerous times of the Blitz is carefully brought to life by debut author AJ Pearce. At the heart and soul Dear Mrs Bird is Emmeline Lake, a young woman who gently reminds the reader of the daily acts of heroism, the stoicism, the friendships and the bravery of the British during the turbulent times of the Luftwaffe assault.
For Emmeline (Emmy) Lake, the central protagonist of Dear Mrs Bird, becoming a female wa ...more
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