Dear Mrs. Bird by A. J. PearceDear Mrs. Bird by A. J. Pearce

Dear Mrs. Bird

byA. J. Pearce

Paperback | October 2, 2019 | Large Print

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Title:Dear Mrs. BirdFormat:Paperback | Large PrintProduct dimensions:8.4 × 5.5 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.4 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 2, 2019Publisher:Large Print PressLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dear Mrs Dull I'm not exactly sure what this book was supposed to be about. The story begins with a problem with a challenging boss but then there is no significant development in this area. Then I thought it was going to turn into a romance but then that plot goes nowhere. Suddenly at the end it is about friendship but the climax is built on such a weak foundation that it seems forced. It was supposed to be funny but I did not encounter one comedic episode during my slog through the pages. I'm so confused.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Average Woman War Story Charming, endearing and just lovely. I couldn’t put it down! It’s rare to find a gem about average people in WWII; but thanks to A.J. Pearce we have a solidly written and well put together story. All the characters felt like real people I could know or could even be me if I had lived at that time! Characters Our leading lady is just wonderful! I feel like she and I could be the same person; or at least kindred spirits. Her internal dialogue to herself is so similar to how I 'speak' to myself that it was almost scary. I'll confess that this lady is much wittier and funnier than I am. As a late-teen/early 20's woman during WWII our lead is torn between her 'obligation' (as per society) to marry and settle down versus her desire for a career. The man she is engaged to doesn't want her to work in the future (once married) and this is a conflict for her because she feels she can make a difference (even if small) in the war effort by supporting those at home via her writing and isn't sure she ever wants to be just a housewife. On this I do not blame her! "Dream" Job I'm always reminded of The Devil Wears Prada (book or movie) when anyone talks about dream jobs. I once thought I had a dream career and job; working as a magazine Art Director. Little did I realize when I started out in it that it would become crazy stressful career (didn't seem to matter where I worked) with crazy deadlines (leading to late 2 am nights at the office; only to get back up and be there at 8 am!), unreasonable requests (from advertisers, publishers or editorial staff), a poor wage, and almost none of the 'glitz and glamour' that everyone thinks it will be. And so just like my personal experience, and that seen in The Devil Wears Prada, our leading lady discovers that perhaps magazines and editorial writing is not all it's cracked up to be. Funny how those dream jobs are rarely as wonderful as we make them out to be initially. Like me this leading lady is caught up in being young and idealistic. I loved the progression of her realization that perhaps this job isn't all she had hoped for, nor was it ever going to be. From day 1 she knows it's all wrong (so this is not a spoiler) and yet deludes herself for some time. I think we all do this sometimes in the hopes things will suddenly improve (and sometimes they do; but generally they don't). Morals & Ethics It may seem odd to have a book set during WWII talking about morals and ethics that are not at all related to Hitler or the Nazi's; however, Dear Mrs. Bird is that book. The ethics seen here are all about determining when you are 'helping' people and when you are just interfering. There are also discussions of what 'professionalism' entails at any given job. Pearce will challenge you at every step to decide what is moral and what isn't; and even at times place the reader and our leading lady in an unwinnable situation (the 'kobayashi maru' for those Star Trek fans out there; except cheating isn't always a way to win...). This book reminded me that a desire to help is sometimes not enough to justify our actions. Overall The characters, setting and situations of Dear Mrs. Bird are so well done I can't decide which elements I liked best of the book. All of our supporting characters feel well thought out (even those we barely meet but refer to a lot), the realities of food stamps/rations, bombings in London, shelters, injuries, night clubs and romance are all so well balanced and described that I started to think I was the leading lady several times. Pearce captured my imagination and pulled at my heart strings, engrossing me in the story; and then reminded me that the situations are all 'based on truth'. Realizing people actually lived just like this and at any given time the world could return to this is terrifying at it's core. The reality is that the world keeps spinning or at least rent/mortgages are still due (somehow) even when Hitler is bombing your city nightly. Pearce does a beautiful job of ensuring you are aware of how unfair the world is; but also how it just keeps on going with or without you. Recommended For Dear Mrs. Bird is good 'first-time' historical book as it's not super dense or full of references in history you need to know. If you've wanted to take a dive into some WWII historical fiction this is a good start to see if you are up for it. For those who've been reading historical WWII books for some time; I think you'll find this one is unique in that it's not all dreary and depressing (like some WWII books are). It has a unique perspective as the everyday 'new' adult tries to navigate a war-torn society. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2019-06-03
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