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  • Delightful, Charming and Fascinating!!

    The Postmistress is a wonderful WWII book about trust, honour, love and hope. Maggie Sullivan tells a fiction story which could have easily been true, such a lovely and flowing read, both sweet and bitter. It was immersive and fascinating, easy to fall in love with and get lost in. From the historical details to the characters' personalities to raw emotions it felt real. In Lancashire, Vicky, a young postmistress, and her brother and father live together behind the post office. Vicky is exhausted from her busy job and caring for her ill father. Much of her life has been one of heartache, so much that she has become accustomed to it and expects it. Dr. Roger Buckley befriends her but she clings to her past. We are also introduced to Rosie and her parents whose lives aren't exactly full of sunshine, either. Thankfully Rosie has friends who remain true to her, no matter what. We follow each of these characters as they face challenges and make difficult choices while trying to hang onto "normal" life. War causes already crumbling relationships and lives to fall apart, yet people continue on and find joy and happiness in the midst of sorrow and pain. Life has a way of doing that. Be sure to read the postscript at the end about that. I also really appreciate the emotional growth of key characters. But for me the overwhelming theme is hope. Historical Fiction readers, this is well worth your time. It is a quick read, one you will want to get to the end yet at the same time you don't want it to end. My sincere thank you to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this excellent book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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  • The Postmistress

    I have enjoyed reading your book, its a lovely story about family life and coping with love and also saddness. Getting to know the characters, I did not want it to end.

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  • Good Read

    Written well, took a while for me to get into the story, but understood the depth the author took to recount the first world war, and the start of the second. Interesting families, and their stories.

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  • The heart knows

    A wonderful story, I enjoyed every minute of it. This is one story that is uplifting and enjoyable to read. There are several characters involved in a small town north of London. The girls working at the munitions factory, Rose and Penny. Claire who was sent to stay with her aunt Sylvia and her cousin Rose. Then there is the postmistress Vicky and her dad Arthur. Add the characters of Ruby a polio survivor, Dr. Buckley, and his daughter Julie and you have a good list of characters. The story is about the people in this small British town, during the impending war and after the war has been declared. It tells of their everyday lives and how they live each day a normal life and how the news of war affects them. There is the normal everyday life challenges, life, love and loss and even a hint of romance. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the story and I recommend it as a delightful read. Thanks to Maggie Sullivan, Harper Collins, One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review a copy of this book.

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