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The Postmistress
The Postmistress
Author: Sarah Blake
Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible weight... — It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London. And President Roosevelt is promising he won't send our boys to fight in foreign wars. — But American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war ho...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $11.79 or $7.89+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425238691
ISBN-10: 0425238695
Publication Date: 2/2011
Pages: 371
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 230 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Postmistress on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
After reading the negative reviews, I was hesitant to invest my time into this book. I'm so glad I did! I don't think I could disagree more with the comments critical of the writer's style. I waited for those awkward sentences that would confuse me, but they never came. Instead, the story not only flowed but piqued my interest in the London bombings of WWII.
suzanne11 avatar reviewed The Postmistress on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I am glad I read the other reviews after I started reading this book. The beginning is very slow and full of bizarre sentences that don't seem to mean anything. I almost quit this book but true to the other reviews, it gets pretty good after about the first 50-70 pages.
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Helpful Score: 6
This book is more character- and context-driven than plot-driven, so if you're looking for a page-turner leave it on the shelf. While the characters were interesting conceived they were poorly developed. In the context of the lack of plot and characters that I did not care about, the poignant writing about the horrors of WW2 felt hollow. Overall, a dull read that I would not recommend.
TarynC avatar reviewed The Postmistress on + 213 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
started a bit slow and I wasnt sure where it was going but then it moved along and I couldn't put it down. The author weaves the different stories into a web of connections and makes us think about how we touch each other and what our time on this planet and our personal stories really mean.
bccallie avatar reviewed The Postmistress on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The first 50 pages or so were hard to dig through but after that I was hooked and found the book very interesting. Very detailed descriptions that slowed the story down a little too much for me but still a good read.
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MKSbooklady avatar reviewed The Postmistress on + 943 more book reviews
The beginning of this book where a woman goes to a doctor to get a certificate of her 'intactness' made me wonder what kind of book this was. But I enjoyed it, many characters, who at sometimes get confusing, all figure out in the end. Some of them will pull at your heartstrings. It is also a good little history lesson the first brave women who reported from a war zone-today's female media should read and learn. This is a story of the US right before it entered WWII, and London, which was enduring an endless attack of bombs by the Nazis. Good historical fiction, with some romance thrown in, but not so much it gets icky.
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This is a gem of a book. It starts off a little slowly, but if you stick with it, you'll find it a rewarding read. Set in the USA and Europe during World War II, the Postmistress focuses on the lives of a newlywed Emma, postmistress Iris and radio reporter Frankie Bard. The author weaves a lovely web that ties all of the characters together. This novel is about love, suffering, patriotism, duty, honor and fate. The author is quite talented and really makes you feel as if you are in the story watching it unfold. I would highly recommend this novel.
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Very good. I highly recommend it. Quite a touching story. Well written
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Read this book in 3 days and enjoyed it very much. I liked the way the author included Edward R Morrow who I remember watching on TV years ago. Made the story true for me.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book right up to the end, which I thought was weak. Still, I learned a lot about the times and people faced with the realities of war, even it they weren't directly involved.