#BookReview YOURS CHEERFULL by A.J.PEARCE



ABOUT THE BOOK


From the author of the “jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People) and international bestseller Dear Mrs. Bird, a new charming and upliftingnovel set in London during World War II about a plucky aspiring journalist.

London, November 1941. Following the departure of the formidable Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles (now stationed back in the UK) is blossoming, while Emmy’s best friend Bunty, still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, is bravely looking to the future. Together, the friends are determined to Make a Go of It.

When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit desperately needed female workers to the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to be asked to step up and help. But when she and Bunty meet a young woman who shows them the very real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must tackle a life-changing dilemma between doing her duty and standing by her friends.

Every bit as funny, heartwarming, and touching as Dear Mrs. BirdYours Cheerfully is a celebration of friendship—a testament to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.


PUBLISHED BY PICADOR


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MY REVIEW

I listened to the audio version of this book.

Having loved Dear Mrs Bird, I was so pleased that the characters would be back for another installment, and it hasn’t let me down! It’s one of those ‘nice’ books that are a pleasure to read. You enjoy the characters so much that they become like friends as you watch over their progress.

This book is set a few months after DMB, and life at the magazine during the war continues to throw up new issues and challenges for the staff. And with it being a magazine for women, the focus on the role of women during the war is top priority, so that sets Emmy off to look at new ways of incorporating the lives of women as she forges on with her journalist career.

There’s still a snobby attitude by some towards the ‘Friend’ magazine, and that only just makes those working there more determined to do the best for their readers. The advice column is still a major success and it is giving women a voice. And with the magazine asked to help get women to help out with the war effort, I loved seeing how creative Emmy and the others were in finding ways to show the impact that women can have in a positive way.

The research and attention to detail was top notch once more, and really bought home the issues facing women at the time – dealing with worrying about their loved ones, whilst trying to carry on as normal and raise their families not knowing what was round the corner. And proving the power of coming together to raise awareness and fighting for their rights. Some things never seem to change… unfortunately!

Looking forward to book three already…. if there is to be more!!

★★★★

#BookReview Dear Mrs Bird by A.J.Pearce

About the book

London, 1940. Emmeline 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 suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, 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 back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times. 

Published by Picador

Out now

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £4.99

Hive.co.uk  £10.69

Book Depository  £5.42

MY REVIEW

Another one of those books that I couldn’t put down once I picked it up! And this time it wasn’t because of the twists or shocking reveals, but all down to the fact that it was such a charming and touching story of 2 friends and their experiences of living in London during the War, and how their perspectives of war were different from those on the frontline.

Emmeline and Bunty are 2 friends, sharing a flat and have the kind of friendship goals we all aspire too! So supportive to one another which was much needed during the war with their other halves rarely around. Emmeline is a secretary but has designs on being a journalist and when she sees an advert for a junior at the local paper she goes for it!! Even her interview was quite eventful, but she was so swept up in the dream of being a journalist that she never really asked what the job entailed! So she is a little disappointed to find out she’ll be typing up answers to problems that readers write in to the ‘Women’s Friend’ periodical!

The problem page is under the guardianship of Mrs Bird and what a character she is! The list of topics she refuses to answer problems about is seemingly endless! She doesn’t do ‘unpleasantness’ as she calls it! So as Emmeline has to sort through the letters she is struck by how honest people are who write in and just want answers to the problems they face, mainly to do with relationships. So Emmeline takes it on herself to reply to some of these in person – risking her job and journalism dreams! It’s all done with the best of intentions but she still worries if she ever gets found out.

And all this goes on while London is under daily bombing risks so that perspective of life is greatly explored during this book. Having to take your gas masks with you where ever you go, and how life did carry on ‘as normal’ while the fear of watching neighbourhoods being destroyed was ever present.

I just adored the characters in this – they were ‘all round good eggs’ as the saying goes! Thoughtful, helpful, considerate and always trying to do the right thing! I also loved the viewpoint of being a woman during the war, and how you were just expected to go about things as normal and to keep quiet if you ever had fears or doubts. For some the problem pages were the only way for them to share such intimate details and if they weren’t getting answered, they had nowhere else to turn to.

This book was full of such warmth, emotion and even humour – loved the image of them swearing at Hitler while bombs were dropping around them – and it just filled my heart with glee throughout!

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