Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ PearceDear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ Pearce

Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel

byAJ Pearce

Hardcover | July 3, 2018

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This charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II about a young woman who longs to be a war correspondent and inadvertantly becomes a secret advice columnist is “a jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People)—for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.

Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are doing their bit for the war effort and trying to stay cheerful, despite the German planes making their nightly raids. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance; but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, renowned advice columnist of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who many have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

“Fans of Jojo Moyes will enjoy AJ Pearce’s debut, with its plucky female characters and fresh portrait of women’s lives in wartime Britain” (Library Journal)—a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times. “Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce's novel is a delight” (Publishers Weekly). Irrepressibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs. Bird is “funny and poignant…about the strength of women and the importance of friendship” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).
Title:Dear Mrs. Bird: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 3, 2018Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501170066

ISBN - 13:9781501170065

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from just ok I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to Netgalley. This book took me months to read, I read the first 1/3 of the book, then put it down for about a month, reading other books instead. I then picked it up again, read another 1/3 of the book, then put it down for about month... I finally picked it up again, and finished it. The book was good, but didn't really keep my attention. I didn't really feel much connection to the characters. Just not the best book for me.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect vacation read... especially if it rains all week and you are stuck in your hotel room. With all the buzz around this book, I was expecting a lot more.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Sunday Afternoon Read This was a quick, well written story with colorful characters I immediately fell in love with. Worth the read!
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book This book was a quick read. I loved the characters, and am hoping there is a book 2 as I want to know what happens next. War zone London gave me a sense of what it may have been like for my Mother. If you want a true history book, this is not the book to read. If you are looking for everyday Characters and a quick easy read this is the book.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was so disappointed. I love WWII fiction, and plucky young heroines who re-write the rules. I did not love DEAR MRS. BIRD. The heroine, Emmeline (Emmy) Lake, is a bit scattered--a charming voice to read!--but when she doesn't get her way she's like a child with her fingers in her ears. "I'm not listening!" I found it so frustrating. She's an intelligent woman (a writer), with trusted friends and family, but she refuses to listen, refuses to look at another perspective (a writer!). She's right, and that's that. She lost me. I wasn't on her side. I was supposed to be, but I wasn't. I wasn't happy that she was happy in the end.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was so disappointed. I love WWII fiction, and plucky young heroines who re-write the rules. I did not love DEAR MRS. BIRD. The heroine, Emmeline (Emmy) Lake, is a bit scattered--a charming voice to read!--but when she doesn't get her way she's like a child with her fingers in her ears. "I'm not listening!" I found it so frustrating. She's an intelligent woman (a writer), with trusted friends and family, but she refuses to listen, refuses to look at another perspective (a writer!). She's right, and that's that. She lost me. I wasn't on her side. I was supposed to be, but I wasn't. I wasn't happy that she was happy in the end.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fine example of a good mix of historical facts and a well-written story. Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce is a fine example of a good mix of historical facts and a well-written story. The plot takes place in London in 1940. Emmeline Lake is doing her part in the war effort by volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. She sees an advertisement in the newspaper for a job at the London Evening Chronicle. She gets a job as a typist for Henrietta Bird, a renown but difficult advice columnist for the Woman’s Friend magazine. This is not what Emmy was expecting and working for Mrs. Bird comes with its challenges. After discovering that Mrs. Bird only gives advice on particular sorts of letters, Emmy decides to respond to some desperate writers using Mrs. Bird’s letterhead and signature. She even goes as far as sneaking some of the advice into the magazine. Emmy knows that she is risking being discovered, but the letters are so full of desperate comments, she cannot stop herself. After her best friend is hurt in a raid, she decides to stop her deception, but is it too late? Will she be discovered and risk to lose all? Dear Mrs. Bird is a fantastic easy read; perfect for historical fiction lovers and for those who love well-written books!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from London during the blitz Delightful story that hides the depth of living under nightly bombing horror with a perky upbeat main character. Dec 1940 during the Blitz of London, Emmeline Lake's story of friendship during good times and bad, shows her fortitude to support the home-front war effort by volunteering on the fire brigade phones all night then work all day on a few hours of sleep. Emmy is undaunted by a job situation when she finds herself working for the stern, old Mrs. Bird, advice columnist, at a women's weekly publication. Emmy's coping mechanism is a bit unorthodox. When faced with tragedy, Emmy's determination to do the right thing is heart wrenching but proves her worthiness as a friend and value as an employee. This seems like a 'light read' until you are drawn into the devastation Londoners faced every morning after a bombing raid. Charming British idioms of the era.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read The first few chapters of this book were a little slow and I thought it was going to all be centred around a woman's magazine. Thankfully I kept reading because the book just kept getting better! There were a few unexpected turns and the storyline deepened with each chapter. Turned into a book I couldn't put down near the end!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, Fun Historical Read I love historical fiction (I actually love anything involving history) but I haven't read any historical fic novels in the last little bit because they tend to be very heavy reads and I've just been too busy with work. But Dear Mrs. Bird was a historical novel that was right up my alley -- a fun story of two best friends adapting and surviving life in London during the Blitz in WWII. I loved reading Emmy and Bunty's story and the was that Pearce brought this part of history to life. Pearce was inspired to write this book after finding some old newspapers from 1941 and reading the advice column in it. I really love that she took such a genuine part of history and had fun with it! This is a tough time to be living in London, but Emmy and Bunty accept this challenge and refuse to stop living their lives simply because Hitler was trying to break the British spirit. This book was fun to read (which is odd to say about a novel that is continuously dealing with nightly bombings) because its characters seem contemporary, even though it's taking place in the 1940s. Emmy and Bunty are not passive women; instead, they have jobs, they are living alone in the city, they date, and they are as independent as two young women in the 1940s could be. I'd like to think that women similar to them truly did exist, but they are pretty wonderful.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light read This is a cute light warm hearted (for the most part) read. You really want to become friends with the main character. I like the historical fiction and the friendships in this book.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dear Mrs. Bird -- A Charming Historical Fiction Novel This novel was a very quick read, it's not a very long novel. I really enjoyed the premise of this novel, and I love historical fiction. I felt at times this novel could be rather slow, however over all I really enjoyed the characters and the journey they took. This was a perspective that I don't think is written about a lot in regards to war and what it's like to be at home pretending that everything is 'normal' and moving on with day to day life. I really liked Emmeline, and her quirkiness. She was really brave throughout this novel. I love this cover and even though this is during World War 2; I felt a certain grace about the novel with the writing and the main characters. I love historical fiction, World War 2 has always fascinated me because my brain doesn't understand how something like that could have happened; and how history is currently repeating. I digress; this novel was a quick read and I enjoyed it a lot!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A charming read for fans of historical fiction A charming read that gives readers a glimpse of WWII life in London for young, unmarried women. The advice column premise intrigued me and kept me reading, however, as the novel became more about the main character’s life I found myself skimming. While I did find the book a little slow at times, I think it would make a great movie. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and will keep my eyes out for other books by this author. Thanks to AJ Pearce for the glimpse of WWII life and to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you enjoyed reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" then you will fall in love with "Dear Mrs. Bird". A delightful and witty piece of historical fiction which will have you both laughing and crying. Emmy is an aspiring girl war correspondent who leaves her job as a secretary at a law firm to work for a newspaper. Her dreams are dashed when she discovers that she is merely a typist for Mrs. Bird, an overbearing and imperious ladies columnist writer who brooks no "unpleasantness" in her column. As Emmy reads the letters sent into the paper, she feels impelled to respond to these heartfelt requests. But she hadn't counted on the consequences her actions would eventually bring. Funny, poignant and touching, this novel will soon become one of your favourites. If you enjoyed reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" then you will fall in love with "Dear Mrs. Bird". I would love to see a sequel to this story.
Date published: 2018-06-11

Editorial Reviews

“Utterly charming and helplessly funny.”
Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner