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24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Brutal battle of love and war in Great Britain and the USA

This novel should become a real masterpiece. Sarah Blake captures the reader, transplants them into the late 1930's and early 1940's, and places them in the minds and bodies of those living before and during World War II. From a small New England town Frankie Bard wen...
This novel should become a real masterpiece. Sarah Blake captures the reader, transplants them into the late 1930's and early 1940's, and places them in the minds and bodies of those living before and during World War II. From a small New England town Frankie Bard went to London and researched news and interest for Edward R. Murrow, the voice America knew as he reported for CBS from London and vicinity during that war. Frankie eventually started doing her small bits on Mr. Murrow's show. Her voice also became known from her own human-interest stories and news.

The area was a sea of bombed and burned out buildings from which the residents of the area fled when the warning sirens went off and hustled to get underground to the protected shelters. As they stayed in those crowded shelters they could hear bombs going off above and feel the blast of the shells. They could smell the burning buildings, and taste the dust that crept into every corner of the city, above and beneath ground.

Back in the United States Iris James became the Postmistress of the post office that happened to be in the same town where Frankie Bard lived. The town was directly on the coast with some of those in town always on the lookout for German submarines surfacing off their coast. The war was far away but one never knew about the Germans and their war machine. Emma and Will Fitch had married. Will was the town doctor. Will got the urge to go to England to help all the wounded but of course, Emma was dead set against that. She knew after a short time that Will would never be happy until he did leave and tend to those in misery. Little did Will know that Emma was pregnant when he left and he would not find out as long as he was away.

The descriptions sent out to the world by Frankie and Edward Murrow gave an idea of just how bad London and surrounding areas had been hit but still the people were so resilient that they bounced back. Of course there were casualties, wounded and dead, but those able had to carry on, and they indeed did. The United States was not in the war yet even though many around the world felt they should be. Frankie asked permission of Edward Murrow to go to Germany and other nations under their control to report what she was able. Being American she could travel fairly easy but when she did travel, the brutality she saw hurt her deeply. She reported it as well as possible but the censors stopped all but the normal news, or in some situations she could "code" words or phrases to get the news out. She saw the persecution of the Jews, the killing of those considered a "danger" to the Germans, the torture of humans, and the hurt imposed on their daily lives.

Frankie had a primitive recording device she used to record the sounds and voices of those she met along the way. When she ran out of recording discs she recorded over at least one of them not knowing what would be on that disc. Frankie eventually and suddenly went home to try to recoup her mind and body but there was no way to get the horrible things she had seen out of her memory. She tried to fit into the small town again but had a very hard time talking to people. She kept seeing and hearing things from her trip. She played and replayed the discs.

Here I will stop describing this fantastic book. By now you have to have whetted your minds appetite to read this book. If "Postmistress" doesn't win a lot of writing awards I will be very disappointed. S

posted by CBH on December 22, 2009

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19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Not enough there

The Postmistress is a novel focusing on three American women in the early days of World War II, prior to the US entering the war. The title itself is misleading; the postmistress of the town is a main character, but she certainly isn't the focus of the book.
The book...
The Postmistress is a novel focusing on three American women in the early days of World War II, prior to the US entering the war. The title itself is misleading; the postmistress of the town is a main character, but she certainly isn't the focus of the book.
The book jacket's description describes a letter not being delivered, which implies that it is a key turning point; I found that once this happened (halfway through the novel) the fact that it was not delivered was irrelevant to the story. There are a number of other plot points that I found to be either not relevant or not fully resolved by the end.
I really wanted to love this book, and there are passages that are excellent, but as a whole I was disappointed.

posted by Biblio_Sue on October 22, 2009

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Couldn't even finish it.

    I fell in love with this cover. When the book arrived I actually squeeled and petted the book. It has a great cover...colors, textures, all of it. Perfect.

    That's where my adoration ended. I just can't get into this book. I like the idea of the story, but it just gets buried under the strikingly heavy descriptions of the war and the more-often-than-not confusing transitions between characters. I want to finish this so badly....but I just can't force myself through any more of it.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    Glad I didn't pay, I went to my local library, it was boring.

    Boring so I am glad I checked it out and brought it back the same day. It should be a cheaper B&N ebook but this just shows that the new toy I bought is only good for travel. Nook books are nice but you can't even trade them with friends and the LEND BOOK function is a joke since you can't lend most of your books.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    frustrating!

    The summary from the publishers is the most exciting piece of prose that this book offers. The blurb sets this book as exciting and unforgettable, in reality it is slow, dull,underdeveloped and pointless. The point of any story is to show how the characters change at the end. Here, the characters change, but all that leads up to this change is so confusing and unfinished that the book is anticlimactic. The dialogue is so badly written that it sounds like some unfortunate re-interpretation of Beckett. Skip it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Tried three times, but just could not get into this book!!

    Tried three times, but just could not get into this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Terrible

    A very boring book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Hated it!

    If I could give this book 0 stars, I would. The stories were disjointed and I never really found a plot. I gave up about halfway through.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    Not my cup of tea!

    This book went nowhere - unfortunately. It was good until about mid-way and then it just unraveled into a mess. Sorry, but I would not recommend this book to anyone who was wanting a good read. How it got all the good reviews is beyond me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Dont check it out...

    I started reading the book and found it very boring. So, i kept reading it. My mistake.... It didnt get better it just stayed boring. Nothing exciting happened and the charcaters got dull then i gave up on it. If your interested in books that are about war and love well here it is but i must warn you its aweful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    sorry..very boring, confusing...sorry I listened to the hypewant to borrow it?

    this was a good idea...England during the bombing raids...involving two separate stories...neither one was clear enough to become involved

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    snooze...

    i was so bored with this book i couldn't even finish the second chapter. skip it.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    THE POSTMISTRESS Sarah Blake

    I was very disappointed in this book. The storyline was very choppy with many phrases or run-on sentences. The characters were poorly developed. I did not become concerned or cared about any of them. I had to force myself to finish this book. It has received so many wonderful reviews; I thought something toward the end of the book would tie everything together. That never happened for me. I have read several stories of London during the Blitz and thought they were excellent. This book had no redeeming value -- I feel as though I wasted some very special reading time on a book that should not have been published IMHO.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    cape cod lover

    I haven't read this book yet. just reading what you have on your site about the book - i like reading about stories in this area of southeastern/cape cod. there is a town of franklin here in massachusetts but it is NOT located on the cape. franklin, ma in located up off of Rt. 495/140 about an hour or so west of the cape. now i'm not sure if i want to read this story. i know it is fiction, but atleast get the locale correct or just say a small town on cape cod.

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    Terrible

    This book is terrible. The plot hardly has anything to do with the synopsis. The characters never come together. The ending is too abrupt. It seems like the author had too many ideas in her head and just threw them all together into one story. There are multiple minor details that have no bearing at all on the story. It's very hard to get into and then once you find a passage that draws you in, the author/story changes gears, leaving you hanging, and ever picks up on that point again. It is just too disjointed, too disconnected, too much going on that never comes together.

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