Genre: Historical Fiction, Chick Lit
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What It’s About
London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.
Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.
Dogs are like children. Noisy, trainable, but dim and likely to smell disagreeable on the arrival of guests.
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but every now and then, one will catch my attention.
This was a bit of chick lit, mixed in with historical fiction making it a fun and lighter read.
Definitely perfect for summer reading, and one I’d recommend 🙂
Emmy (Emmeline Lake)
I enjoyed getting to know Emmy. She was ambitious and empathetic towards other women and their “troubles”.
Emmy’s BFF and roommate. She was the kind of friend you’d want in real life.
Her tell-it-like-is attitude towards women was hilarious. She definitely had a stick up her butt, but she was enjoyable to read about.
He wasn’t a huge character in the story, but he was such a sweetheart! A true gentleman..Definitely the guy you want to snag before anyone else does.
I seriously wanted to punch this guy!
Have you read it? Do you read historical fiction?
If so, what has been your fave so far?