Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Dear Mrs. Bird

A charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist—a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement fo...

Details Dear Mrs. Bird

TitleDear Mrs. Bird
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews Dear Mrs. Bird

  • Angela M
    With a blend of lightheartedness and a dose of the heartbreaking reality of wartime, A.J. Pierce gives recognition to the women at home during WWII in this story taking place during the London blitz. Emmeline Lake’s lofty ambition to be a war correspondent isn’t meant to be when she finds out the job she applied for as a junior secretary for The Evening Chronicle was actually for a weekly magazine called Woman’s Friend, working for Henriett...
  • Fran
    Emmeline Lake takes the bus home from work carrying her handbag, gas mask, and an onion (for stew). She dreams of becoming a war correspondent or a journalist covering political intrigue. Discovering a newspaper ad for part-time work at The London Evening Chronicle, she believes the world is her oyster. Wrong! Part-time work will fit in with Emmy's job three nights a week as a volunteer telephone operator for the Auxiliary Fire Service. It is 194...
  • Tammy
    A fizzy, frothy little novel that takes place in London during WWII. That is, it’s frivolous until it isn’t. With bombings occurring nightly there is bound to be sadness and tears. The main character, Emmeline, is a shoe-in for Honeysuckle Weeks as Samantha Stewart in Foyle’s War. She has spunk to spare. Emmy lands a job and behaves in ways that are less than ethical despite her intention to be helpful. Filled with Britishisms of the 1940...
  • Karen
    This story shows us the rolls of women in wartime Britain during the early 1940’s. A young Emmeline, who works a couple part time jobs, one at the fire station to answer calls after bombs from Hitler go off on the city. She gets a third job at a newspaper in hopes of it being as a wartime journalist, but she is disappointed when it is to help out a Mrs Bird who writes an advice column to people who send in letters.This is also a story of friend...
  • abby
    "I had taken entirely the wrong job."Emmy Lake *thinks* she's interviewing for a war correspondent job. Finally, she will become the hard hitting journalist of her dreams. But as she daydreams through her job interview, she misses that she's really taking a typist position at a stodgy women's magazine. Far from being on the front lines, she'll be producing copy of Henrietta Helps, an advice column that does not offer much in the way of advice at ...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred RogersAll in all, this is a story about the helpers of World War 2 - amongst all the atrocities, there was a bit of light in those who came to the rescue of others. The author drew inspiration for the book after finding an advice column in a women’s magazine from 1939 (love this so m...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars”We'll meet againDon't know whereDon't know whenBut I know we'll meet again some sunny dayKeep smiling throughJust like you always do'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away“So will you please say helloTo the folks that I knowTell them I won't be longThey'll be happy to know That as you saw me goI was singing this song” --”We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn, Songwriters: Hughie Charles / Ross ParkerOverflowing with charm...
  • Holly B
    A charming story about Emmeline Lake who accidentally takes the wrong job. I think Emmy's enthusiasm for becoming a reputable World War II correspondent clouded her understanding of the job description at the London Evening Chronicle.  I loved her optimism and how upbeat she felt even after realizing she was only hired as a typist for a woman's advice column.Her uptight boss, Mrs. Bird was anything but an endearing lady.  She was overbearing ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    4 utterly charming stars to Dear Mrs. Bird! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I never tire of World War II fiction. I say it in many of my reviews, but for posterity, my late grandparents were young people in the 1940s. Both grandfathers fought in WWII, and I feel like I can visit this time with them through books. So how does Dear Mrs. Bird eke out a name for herself in a sea of WWII reads? The answer: with humor and finding joy even amid the most turbulent times...
  • Susan
    Emmeline Lake and her friend, Bunty, live in London. It is 1940 and the Germans are making rather a nuisance of themselves, but neither are downhearted. In fact, Emmy has big dreams of being a Lady War Correspondent and, when she sees an advert for part-time work at the London Evening Chronicle, she writes off with high hopes. However, before long, she realises that her Enthusiasm (there are a lot of Capital Letters in this book) has meant that s...
  • Zoe
    Spirited, poignant, and moving!Dear Mrs. Bird is an intriguing tale that takes you back to the streets of London during WWII and into the life of Emmeline Lake a cheery, optimistic, young woman who after finding herself inadvertently working on the advice column for Woman's Friend magazine takes it upon herself to begin secretly doling out guidance to those on the home front seeking advice for "inappropriate topics".The prose is comical and light...
  • Louise Wilson
    It's 1940's London. Emmeline Lake is doing her bit for the war office, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services.When Emmy (Emmeline), saw an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dream of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly becomes achievable. But the job is for a typist for the fierce advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs Birds rules are very clear: letters containing any unpleasantness ...
  • Fictionophile
    Set during the London Blitz in 1940-41, you'd expect a dark and dour novel but this couldn't be farther from the truth.  It was a happy/sad book that highlighted the indomitable and resilient spirit of Londoners during the time, yet cast a keen eye on the devastation of the war.The story is told from the perspective of a young woman named Emmeline Lake, whose fondest wish is to become a journalist.  In particular, a Lady War Correspondent.  Em...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com3.5 stars1940’s London during the uncertain and dangerous times of the Blitz is carefully brought to life by debut author AJ Pearce. At the heart and soul Dear Mrs Bird is Emmeline Lake, a young woman who gently reminds the reader of the daily acts of heroism, the stoicism, the friendships and the bravery of the British during the turbulent times of the Luftwaffe assault.For Emmeline (Emmy) Lake, the centra...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsDear Mrs. Bird is a Gem of a Book. A.J. Pearce uses a clever writing style and capitalizes the protagonist Emmy Lake’s expressions that are Important or Exciting which makes for an entertaining and enjoyable read. As the book begins in 1940 London, Emmy shows up for a newspaper interview thinking the position is for a lady war correspondent when instead the position is to sort through letters written to a Dear Abby type named Mrs. Bird...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (3.5) If you loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I have just the book for you: another feel-good World War II-set novel with characters you’ll love and cheer for. London, December 1940: Twenty-two-year-old Emmeline Lake dreams of being a Lady War Correspondent, but for now she’ll start by typing up the letters submitted to Henrietta Bird’s advice column in Woman’s Friend. All too quickly, though, the job starts to fee...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    4 Stars. This one is charming.Full review to follow on March 22, 2018, two weeks before publication.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.
  • Jane
    5 incredibly enthusiastic stars for Dear Mrs. Bird. I fell in love with Emmy, Bunty, and all the other characters in this story and when I realized I'd turned the last page, I was truly disappointed to be leaving their lives. I went into this book thinking it would be light and silly, and parts of it definitely were. But what I didn't expect (and was delighted to find!) were the layers of depth beneath the top floofy veneer.Emmy, like other young...
  • Cathy
    Dear Mrs. Bird opens in a jolly, lively style full of ‘chin up’ and ‘stiff upper lip’ spirit – a spirit of which the domineering (and let’s be honest, quite frightful) Mrs. Henrietta Bird would be proud. As far as Mrs. Bird is concerned, any problem can be resolved by showing the right amount of grit and by not giving in. However, beneath the spirit of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, the book demonstrates, through the letters sent to Wo...
  • Tania
    This was a very sweet story set in WWII. Initially I thought this was too sweet for my taste, but because the author did such a brilliant job with creating a sense of time and place I stuck with it. I am very glad I did, as the characters were warm and funny and in the end I understood that what I saw as sweetness was how the British nation survived the daily attacks, fear and loss. So although not my normal genre I loved learning more about this...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Emmeline Lake wants nothing more than to be useful and help with the war efforts in London 1940. She already works as a volunteer operator for the fire department when she lands a job at the London Evening Chronicle. She imagines she will be writing stories that informs the public about the war efforts, however, she quickly finds out that she will be the secretary of Mrs. Bird, the advice columnist. Mrs. Bird has a *long* list of unacceptable top...
  • Jessica
    Words Cannot Do Justice . . . all I can say is that this is a Must Read of the Highest Order. My sister discovered this book in the Heathrow Airport bookshop as we were leaving Jolly Old England after a Madcap Two Week Holiday, and read it on the flight, alternately laughing and crying, then immediately passed it to me. It is Our New Favorite, and is the book I will be evangelizing this year to my friends and giving out as a Christmas gift. Shade...
  • Anmiryam
    As you might expect, this was sweet, charming, more than a bit twee and I consumed the whole thing in a plane ride and a bit. I always read novels like this, which confirms my status as a less than literary reader. I bet, however, you have dirty little secrets of a less than highbrow life. Do you watch The Bachelor? Do you binge on HGTV? I'm sure not everything you read is on a par with Ali Smith (who is awesome). So there it is, you watch silly ...
  • Laura Kemp
    Dear Mrs Bird is simply gorgeous. It’s a war time romp of mishaps, comedy, fun and tragedy, spun deliciously as if it was made for a series. It’s perfect pick-you-up reading with compassion at its heart. A joy to read. I’d love to see it turned into a TV drama too.
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    I purposely sought out this book for this weekend. I wanted something sweet and nice and something that would be a lovely little story to read - nothing heavy or too taxing. It was something very much needed for this weekend, and the weather cooperated wonderfully for it too - rainy, overcast, a little chilly - it forced me to stay inside and sit with Dear Mrs. Bird. I shut off my phone and any access to social media for the most part and spent i...
  • Chrissie
    Charming and surprisingly touching book that provides a fresh and youthful point-of-view from WWII England I didn't even realize I was missing.Unequivocally darling and sweet, Dear Mrs. Bird follows vivacious Emmeline Lake as she Does Her Bit for the War. The sheer Britishness of the book and its crisp, clear messages add to the delightful nature that exists in Miss Lake. She's plucky and perky in just the fashion of a composite 1940s-era young E...
  • Rona
    Oh this is a truly lovely book. The sort of book you want to cuddle. It made me laugh and cry and laugh again. The characters were beautifully drawn and very relateable, the story was wonderfully original and the setting was brilliantly constructed. It is set at the start of WWII and follows the fortunes of Emmy, a young woman, who starts a job as an assistant to an agony aunt in a failing magazine. Through readers letters and Emmy's own experien...
  • Karen
    An intelligent and touching story from the start. Young Emmeline Lake is a charismatic character, a dreamer who wants to become a Lady War Correspondent. After Emmy fails to ask the right questions during a job interview at a newspaper, she finds herself in a job as typist for a wacky ‘Dear Abby’ type who refuses to respond to help letters that include any 'unpleasantness'. What constitutes unpleasantness? Suffice it to say that it is a long ...
  • Ronnie Turner
    On a cold day in December 1941, Emmeline Lake is journeying home from work when she sees a job vacancy squeezed onto the page of a newspaper. The advertisement is for a part-time junior at The London Evening Chronicle; applicants must be capable, enthusiastic and hardworking. Seeing a unmissable opportunity – a chance to become a real journalist – Emmy writes in and goes for an interview but after an unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds he...
  • Karen Whittard
    I absolutely loved this quirky, fun read. In this book we meet Emmeline who quits her job as a waitress to become a lady war correspondence. But when she applies for a job and gets it. Things are not quite what they seem. She has unwittingly taken a job to be a helper to a contacetous Mrs Bird. Who writes a self help column. But Mrs bird refuses to answer any letters relating to lots of subjects that she finds risqué. Deciding to take matters in...