The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Summary from the jacket copy:

On the eve of the United States’s entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn’t deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape.  The residents of Franklin think the war can’t touch them- but as Frankie’s radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen.

This is very well-written book about the emotional costs of war, both on the front and at home. I loved the characters and the New England setting. Frankie was a particularly well-drawn character. I’m planning to choose something upbeat and a little fluffy to read next though because the ending was a little depressing. That being said, I’m glad I read it and would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. I added Grange House, Blake’s previous novel, to my reading list based on this book. I’ll also keep an eye out for her next novel.


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