Author: Sarah Blake
Published By: Amy Einhorn Books/Penguin Group (USA)
Date Published: February 9, 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
Recommended Age: Adult
This book is from my personal collection.
The year is 1940 and WWII is raging. President Roosevelt is promising he won’t join the fight. American radio girl Frankie Bard is the first woman to report the war right from London. Iris James is the post mistress in a small town on Cape Cod. She listens to Frankie’s broadcasts and is in love with the town mechanic. Emma Fitch is the town doctor’s new bride. She is also listening to Frankie’s broadcasts. She’s trying to escape fragile childhood memories while deal with her husband, Will going to London to offer his services.
I acquired this book because of my interest in reading stories about World War II, but I didn’t really care for this book. I couldn’t get attach to the characters. It kept switching from the three women so often that it made it difficult to feel for any of the characters. I know I really didn’t like the character of Emma Fitch when she was so wrapped up in missing her husband that she couldn’t summon up enough compassion for a fellow townsman who lost his wife while she was giving birth to his baby girl.
There’s not much good I can say about the book but hearing about the war and the bombings of London was intriguing. I feel Sarah Blake should have concentrated more on Frankie Bard and what when on in London. She seemed to have a more interesting tale to tell, if only Blake would have let her tell it, instead of jumping over to Iris or Emma. This is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Blake, and I don’t see myself reading another. I gave this book three stars and a grade of C because I found this book quite boring. If you are a fan of Blake already then you may enjoy this book. Otherwise, I recommend passing this book up at the bookstore.
Adult Content: Talks of war
Violence: Bombings and shootings