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  1. Holly Holly says:

    There are tons of great stories set during WWII This is not one of them It s not even much of a story, it just sort of meanders and then peters out The main characters aren t muchthan plot devices or symbols in fact, the only people worth caring about are the mostly nameless refugees fleeing the Nazis, and the Londoners living through the Blitz The sections of the book focusing on them are actually great But if you want a book about a fascinating female character during the war, read There are tons of great stories set during WWII This is not one of them It s not even much of a story, it just sort of meanders and then peters out The main characters aren t muchthan plot devices or symbols in fact, the only people worth caring about are the mostly nameless refugees fleeing the Nazis, and the Londoners living through the Blitz The sections of the book focusing on them are actually great But if you want a book about a fascinating female character during the war, read Charlotte Grey If you want a book about a small town affected by the war, read the Guernsey Literary Potato whatever book If you want a book that focuses on the tragedy of the Holocaust, read Sarah s Key If you want a book about nothing, read this one


  2. Alexis Alexis says:

    This books leaves way too much to be desired Blake s book is purportedly a gripping glimpse into the lives of three women whose experiences during the second world war become interconnected Unfortunately the only thing gripping about this book was the overwhelming sense of confusion that envelopes the reader in his or her attempt to understand why this woman s book was actually published The attempted interconnectedness between the three main characters is contrived, forced, and unconvincing This books leaves way too much to be desired Blake s book is purportedly a gripping glimpse into the lives of three women whose experiences during the second world war become interconnected Unfortunately the only thing gripping about this book was the overwhelming sense of confusion that envelopes the reader in his or her attempt to understand why this woman s book was actually published The attempted interconnectedness between the three main characters is contrived, forced, and unconvincing Blake seems to spend so much time trying to to tie these disparate stories together that she fails to create characters that deserve attention or encourage the reader become the least bit invested in where the character ends up My lasting impressions of the book were 1 Why is it called The Postmistress when the postmaster is never referred to thusly 2., Why must all the men die , and 3 Why does this book claim to be centered around the postmaster and her act of withholding mail when she does that but once and 3 4 of the way through the book Overall, I felt quite angry that I wasted my time on this book


  3. Margitte Margitte says:

    This was such a moving story I just wanted to close the book, lie back and just think about it And even now, I still do not want to clutter up this story with my own words So I will begin by adding the opening of the book as the beginning of what kept me reading through the night, long into the beautiful day outside, with in between a quick return to reality to answer the phone and do some work I was impatient to get back to it Honestly THERE WERE YEARS after it happened, after I d return This was such a moving story I just wanted to close the book, lie back and just think about it And even now, I still do not want to clutter up this story with my own words So I will begin by adding the opening of the book as the beginning of what kept me reading through the night, long into the beautiful day outside, with in between a quick return to reality to answer the phone and do some work I was impatient to get back to it Honestly THERE WERE YEARS after it happened, after I d returned from the town and come back here to the busy blank of the city, when some comment would be tossed off about the Second World War and how it had gone some idiotic remark about clarity and purpose and I d resist the urge to stub out my cigarette and bring the dinner party to a satisfying halt But these days so many wars are being carried on in full view of all of us, and there is so much talk of pattern and intent as if a war can be conducted like music , well, last night I couldn t help myself What would you think of a postmistress who chose not to deliver the mail I asked.In the very last paragraph of the author s notes in the book, she explains the inspiration for the book and the message we can take away For me it is a perfect blurb as well Here is the war story I never filed I began it at the end of the forties, when I could see quite clearly, and charged myself with getting it right, getting it sharper, all this while What I knew at the time is pieced together here with the parts I couldn t have known, but imagine to be true And the girl I was Frankie Bard, radio gal lives on these pages as someone I knew, onceHow Iris and Frankie come to betray everything they stand for that mail must be delivered, that truth must be reported is the war story I hoped to tell It is the story that lies around the edges of the photographs, or at the end of the newspaper account It s about the lies we tell others to protect them, and about the lies we tell ourselves in order not to acknowledge what we can t bear that we are alive, for instance, and eating lunch, while bombs are falling, and refugees are crammed into camps, and the news comes toward us every hour of the day And what, in the end, do we doI loved the integrity of the prose, the balanced portrayal of all the characters, and the deeply touching story it was all centered around Absolutely RECOMMENDED


  4. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    The year is 1941 Bombs are falling on London shattering buildings, followed by a silence that is almost deafening Folks huddle in underground shelters waiting for the next explosion, reeking of fear, despair hanging heavy in the air All of them waiting for the All Clear siren to sound so they can venture outside to discover who and what has been destroyed with this latest blitz Meanwhile, life goes on as usual in a small town in Massachusetts Most who live here hold firm in the belie The year is 1941 Bombs are falling on London shattering buildings, followed by a silence that is almost deafening Folks huddle in underground shelters waiting for the next explosion, reeking of fear, despair hanging heavy in the air All of them waiting for the All Clear siren to sound so they can venture outside to discover who and what has been destroyed with this latest blitz Meanwhile, life goes on as usual in a small town in Massachusetts Most who live here hold firm in the belief that the war will not touch them But it will It does.The absurdities of life, the change in perspective as losses are sustained, leaving other lives in pieces The sense of orderliness that is so at home in the post office, juxtaposed against the madness of war across the ocean


  5. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    I listened to this book on audio This book really delivered Takes place during WWII but is incredibly unique Iris James in Franklin, Cape Cod, watches the comings and goings of her town The people here think that the war won t touch them They are quite ignorant of what is going on in Europe.In London, Frankie Bard is working with Edward Murow commenting on the Blitz She takes the train and gets as far and Germany, then is turned back All along the way she meets Jews who tell her a story s I listened to this book on audio This book really delivered Takes place during WWII but is incredibly unique Iris James in Franklin, Cape Cod, watches the comings and goings of her town The people here think that the war won t touch them They are quite ignorant of what is going on in Europe.In London, Frankie Bard is working with Edward Murow commenting on the Blitz She takes the train and gets as far and Germany, then is turned back All along the way she meets Jews who tell her a story she is horrified by she makes tapes of her interviews.When she comes back she takes a long time off and isn t sure what to do with the discs of interviews that she has recorded I liked listening because I could hear the accents of all of the people, their emotions and their terror.Her life coincides with Iris whose husband volunteered in London Very interesting characters and good story line.Highly recommend this historical fiction


  6. Amy Amy says:

    Snooze fest I had a difficult time finishing this book And, in the end, I never really got it I wantedof an emotional punch Three storylines wove together in the small Cape Cod town of Franklin in the months leading up to the U.S s involvement in WWII So, there were 3 opportunities for catharsis I had zero Blake managed to draw things out for one of the two love stories so that by the time the character comes to terms with her loss, the reader thinks weeep womp Long time coming Snooze fest I had a difficult time finishing this book And, in the end, I never really got it I wantedof an emotional punch Three storylines wove together in the small Cape Cod town of Franklin in the months leading up to the U.S s involvement in WWII So, there were 3 opportunities for catharsis I had zero Blake managed to draw things out for one of the two love stories so that by the time the character comes to terms with her loss, the reader thinks weeep womp Long time coming Boring Then, the other love story has such a cop out ending, equivalent to St Elsewhere s kid with a snow globe without the provocation That leaves us with the big story line, about a war reporter, Frankie, stationed in London during the blitz She records voices of refugees, Jews Can you imagine a detail of the plot that could lead toemotional explosions Some of these scenes were emotional and powerful, but Blake was trying to show Frankie had carried the emotions home with her, and it was leading her to make some realization about life I just didn t ever get a clear sense of what that was There were some well written, beautiful scenes Actually, all of the language was rich, and in small doses, I really enjoyed it But, as I came closer to the end, I wanted closure I wanted to feel like all the time I had invested in the novel was leading towards something provocative Something that touched me Something I could relate to I never got that I never connected with Frankie The ending wasn t worthy of the build up


  7. Donna Donna says:

    The Postmistress is set in the years 1940 41, both on Cape Cod and in Europe The reader follows the paths of three women Emma, Iris, and Frankie as Europe experiences Hitler s fury and Americans wonder if they will enter the war Emma has just married Will, a doctor on Cape Cod She wants to make a good impression on the people there, and make a good home for her husband Iris is the Postmaster of the same town Emma moves to, and watches over the people of the town Frankie is a reporter The Postmistress is set in the years 1940 41, both on Cape Cod and in Europe The reader follows the paths of three women Emma, Iris, and Frankie as Europe experiences Hitler s fury and Americans wonder if they will enter the war Emma has just married Will, a doctor on Cape Cod She wants to make a good impression on the people there, and make a good home for her husband Iris is the Postmaster of the same town Emma moves to, and watches over the people of the town Frankie is a reporter in London during the Blitzkrieg, experiencing some of the horrors of war while trying to report on them As the story moves along, the lives of these three women intersect around letters It is up to the reader to decide if the decisions the characters make are good and wise.I had the wonderful privilege of reading this book as part of Barnes Noble s First Look Book Club, and really enjoyed it It grabbed, and kept, my attention Sarah Blake painted vivid pictures of bombings, train rides, ocean views, etc., putting me in each spot, letting me hear the characters as they spoke Her research brings this period of history alive I especially enjoyed traveling along with Frankie as she told the story of the war and searched for the truth about the Jewish persecution All three of the main characters in this book have compelling stories and they are people I will not soon forget This is a book to read again


  8. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    I found this to be a gripping read, exploring the emotions of several people, mainly radio reporter Frankie Bard, as they see the impact of war and struggle with their own responses to what they see The sections describing the beginning of radio reporting with Edward R Murrow, and the confusion and chaos of Jewish refugees trying to escape the Nazis are powerful and riveting The title is misleading, as is the premise that this story is mainly about a postmistress who chooses not to deliver t I found this to be a gripping read, exploring the emotions of several people, mainly radio reporter Frankie Bard, as they see the impact of war and struggle with their own responses to what they see The sections describing the beginning of radio reporting with Edward R Murrow, and the confusion and chaos of Jewish refugees trying to escape the Nazis are powerful and riveting The title is misleading, as is the premise that this story is mainly about a postmistress who chooses not to deliver the mail That does happen, but neither that incident nor the postmistress are the central focus of the story, at least not for me Frankie Bard, on the other hand, is a character not soon to be forgotten


  9. Joy D Joy D says:

    World War II historical fiction set in 1941 in both a small town near Boston and London during the Blitz The story focuses on five people, four of whom live in a small town in Massachusetts Iris is the postmaster, who exhibits an almost obsessive need for order Will is the local doctor, trying to overcome his father s tainted reputation Emma is Will s bride, an orphan dealing with abandonment issues Harry is Iris love interest, a mechanic who is convinced the Nazis will invade the U.S via World War II historical fiction set in 1941 in both a small town near Boston and London during the Blitz The story focuses on five people, four of whom live in a small town in Massachusetts Iris is the postmaster, who exhibits an almost obsessive need for order Will is the local doctor, trying to overcome his father s tainted reputation Emma is Will s bride, an orphan dealing with abandonment issues Harry is Iris love interest, a mechanic who is convinced the Nazis will invade the U.S via submarine so he is keeping a lookout Frankie is a female war correspondent, living in London, working with Edward R Murrow, and broadcasting vignettes of what life is like during the bombing of London The plot revolves around Frankie s increasing disillusionment with war, feelingandhelpless as the story progresses Will attempts to atone for what he views as a medical mistake, causing trauma for his wife Iris must confront her desire for control and order as the war starts touching her small sphere of influence The stories of these people come together through listening to Frankie s broadcasts and delivering personal news via letters and telegrams This story follows people on the fringes of the war and does not venture into any of the military battles or concentration camps According to the author in The Story Behind the Story, It s about the lies we tell others to protect them, and about the lies we tell ourselves in order not to acknowledge what we can t bear This book is a mixed bag Where it is the most successful is in showing the differences in perspective between the United States on the Home Front before getting involved in the war, and what was going on in Europe almost daily bombing raids in London, trying to retain some sense of normalcy while dealing with random death, and refugees fleeing the Nazis The scenes in London seem realistic It clearly shows how life changes when it is threatened at any moment versus the attitude of watchful waiting in the States prior to Pearl Harbor, when Americans were trying to assimilate the news they were hearing from overseas One area where it falls down is in its depiction of women in the 1940 s They exhibit muchcontemporary behavior in their language and actions The sex scenes seem gratuitous and cringeworthy and some of the behavior of the war correspondent is pretty far fetched It is rather slow in building momentum, the pacing is uneven, and there are many passages that do not add anything to the story Overall, this book contains an admirable concept that falls short in the execution


  10. Maggie Maggie says:

    This book has the potential to be great, but it s not I had to force myself to finish it This book read like a rough draft With some major editing and workshopping it COULD have been good Unfortunately, it was almost unreadable for me I was interested in all of the main characters, but because the author jumped from different points of view so often, I felt like none of the characters were actually very developed We only got a glimpse of each one Also, there were many scenes that felt the This book has the potential to be great, but it s not I had to force myself to finish it This book read like a rough draft With some major editing and workshopping it COULD have been good Unfortunately, it was almost unreadable for me I was interested in all of the main characters, but because the author jumped from different points of view so often, I felt like none of the characters were actually very developed We only got a glimpse of each one Also, there were many scenes that felt the same way Maybe the author tried to rush this book to the press or something, but I think it would have been much better with some rewriting Also, the dialogue all sounded fake to me Not realistic at all One of the male characters, upon feeling vulnerable says he feels naked as a girl What does that even mean I get that it s the 40s, but you can t just make up phrases This book should have been longer The characters should have been better developed The dialogue should have beenrealistic Then it could ve been great, because the actual story and plot has a lot of potential


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The Postmistress The Sunday Times bestseller The Postmistress by Sarah Blake is a heart rending and profoundly moving story of love and loss in World War IIIt is , and bombs fall nightly on LondonIn 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 homeListening 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 returnBut 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 A beautifully written, though provoking novel that I m telling everyone to read Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help A brilliant story, beautifully crafted, that touches the heart and captures the imagination Sunday Express Unforgettable, heart wrenching, captivating A profoundly moving story of love, loss and life in war time Sunday Independent Heartbreaking Daily Express A World War Two blockbuster with echoes of Atonement Red A moving tale that will stay with you long after the final page Good HousekeepingSarah Blake lives in Washington, DC with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk and bombs fall nightly on LondonIn the thick of the chaos is young American radio reporter Frankie Bard She huddles close to terrified strangers in underground shelters [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk and later broadcasts stories about survivors in rubble strewn streets But for her listeners [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk the war is far from homeListening to Frankie are Iris James [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk a Cape Cod postmistress ⚦ [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ✶ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and Emma Fitch [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [Epub] ❧ Secrecy ➛ Rupert Thomson – Kleankitchen.co.uk where her husband is working she counts the days until his returnBut 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 [BOOKS] ✸ The Silence and the Roar ⚦ Nihad Sirees – Kleankitchen.co.uk their partings and the secrets they must bear ❃ Hard Country kindle Epub ❧ Author Robin Robilliard – Kleankitchen.co.uk or bury A beautifully written ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Whale Rider Author Witi Ihimaera – Kleankitchen.co.uk though provoking novel that I m telling everyone to read Kathryn Stockett [PDF / Epub] ★ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – Kleankitchen.co.uk author of The Help A brilliant story [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – Kleankitchen.co.uk beautifully crafted [Read] ➲ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries ➮ Mia Woolfe – Kleankitchen.co.uk that touches the heart and captures the imagination Sunday Express Unforgettable ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Juno Of Taris By Fleur Beale ➝ – Kleankitchen.co.uk heart wrenching ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Faithful Scribe Author Shahan Mufti – Kleankitchen.co.uk captivating A profoundly moving story of love ➿ Off the Tourist Trail Free ➶ Author DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk loss and life in war time Sunday Independent Heartbreaking Daily Express A World War Two blockbuster with echoes of Atonement Red A moving tale that will stay with you long after the final page Good HousekeepingSarah Blake lives in Washington ❮Download❯ ➾ One Ball of Yarn ➼ Author DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk DC with her husband ❰Reading❯ ➽ Optical Illusions Author DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk the poet Josh Weiner [Reading] ➺ One Million Things By DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk and their two sons


About the Author: Sarah Blake

Sarah is the author of the novels, Grange House, the bestselling The Postmistress, and The Guest Bookforthcoming a chapbook of poems, Full Turn, and the artist book Runaway Girls in collaboration with the artist Robin Kahn She lives in Washington DC with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, their two sons, and a little white dog.