From a visit to a gynecologist to the war in Europe, Sarah Blake takes you on a very interesting journey. Her story of the Postmistress is told through various characters. The local town doctor, his new wife, the local small town mechanic who is sure the war will overspill into America and is on the constant lookout for an approaching enemy, a reporter on site in London as she reports the war blitz news, and The Postmistress who takes her job very, very seriously.
The story takes on twists and turns as the Postmistress fights her conscience as she tries to decide whether some mail left in her care is better delivered at a later date, and a reporter who wonders if her words just fall on wind or deaf ears.
The story is set in the time of World War II when Hitler is overtaking parts of Europe, and some of the world is unaware of the true story behind the war. The book is an interesting take on the war as told through people’s lives as they have hidden secrets, hidden desires, hidden demons, unfulfilled ambitions, and heartache.
Excerpt from the book:
It began, as it often does, with a woman putting her ducks in a row.
It had occurred to Iris a few weeks back— at the height of summer when tourists jammed the post office with their oiled bodies and their scattered, childish vacation glee— that if what she thought were going to happen was going to, she ought to be prepared. She ought, really oughtn’t she, to be ready to show Harry that though she was forty, as old as the century, he would be the first. The very first. And she had always put more stock in words set down on a clean white piece of paper than any sort of talk. Talk was—
“Right,” said the doctor, turning away to wash his hands.
Information on the Author and where The Postmistress is available:
Link to Sarah Blake biography: http://www.sarahblakebooks.com/bio.htm
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