The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

About the book

It is 1940, and bombs fall nightly on London.
In the thick of the chaos is young American radio reporter Frankie Bard. She huddles close to terrified strangers in underground shelters, and later broadcasts stories about survivors in rubble-strewn streets. But for her listeners, the war is far from home. Listening to Frankie are Iris James, a Cape Cod postmistress, and Emma Fitch, a doctor’s wife. Iris hears the winds stirring and knows that soon the letters she delivers will bear messages of hope or tragedy. Emma is desperate for news of London, where her husband is working – she counts the days until his return. But one night in London the fates of all three women entwine when Frankie finds a letter – a letter she vows to deliver . . . The Postmistress is an unforgettable story of three women: their loves, their partings and the secrets they must bear, or bury . . .

Reviewed by Milford Library Reading Group:

We found this a fascinatin book in parts very disturbing emotionally. The characters were well developed and believeable. The storyline presented many areas for discussion. All agreed it was a spendid read. A book to remember.

Star rating: ***+

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4 thoughts on “The Postmistress by Sarah Blake”

  1. Review by The Accidental Reading Group:
    Very descriptive. Gives an insight into historical aspects i.e. USA coming into the war. A good book club book.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by the Seagals Reading Group:
    Thought provoking novel. We all really enjoyed this book. The sense of place and characterisation were skillfully mastered. A must read.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI
    An excellent and gripping read – evocative descriptions brought the locations and characters to life. Historically correct and research impeccable.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Hooked on Books
    Interesting angel on the focus of war, particularly regarding displaced people in Europe. Disliked the idea that it was acceptable to keep mail back to protect someone.
    Star rating ***

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