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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

What a delightful find this one was! Totally expected run-of-the-mill chicklit, and it was an exquisitely written gem! Not perfect in the plotting, but I highlighted passage after passage of beautiful prose. Our book club loved it--average ranking 8/10. Can't understand why general customer ratings are lower--maybe too many WERE expecting something more predictable. (The cover doesn't help...) Intriguing story that initially alternates between the reflections of a young, female war correspondent working for Edward Murrow and broadcasting reports of the London Blitz via radio AND the denizens of a small Cape Cod town who wonder if war will be declared--or if the Germans will show up off the coast. Each character is so rich and complex. A midlife romance is downright hot. There's humor and pathos. Scenes about the Blitz made you feel like you were reading a movie. And the character's journey to follow displaced refugees fleeing the concentration camps was a unique twist on what we all have read over and over again. We know what's to come--but most of us have not really delved into the diaspora that preceded it. Some predictable outcomes but with unpredictable ways of getting there...and as the author starts to spend more time with the journalist and less with the town, I think the book lost some of its appeal. Indeed the last third is a bit redundant. But never a waste of time to read--and its ambition, while not flawlessly executed, is to be admired. Definitely one that I would recommend.
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