The Postmistress

The Postmistress - Sarah Blake, Orlagh Cassidy I found this book to be a wonderful read. I know it doesn’t seem to make sense to write it but it was a “slow paced” book that was an exciting “page turner” at the same time. The book follows three women during WWII. Frankie Bard, a female war correspondent and one of “Murrow’s Boys” (the character loosely based on real life correspondent Mary Marvin Breckenridge Patterson). Although the book title suggests otherwise I found Frankie to be the driving force in the book. She was in the thick of things as the story unfolded and held the key to how the story would end.
Iris James is the postmistress in small town Franklin, Mass. All of the mail and news in town goes through her and she is the pulse and backbone of the community and the epitome of propriety. Through her character the other characters all intertwine.
Emma Fitch is the innocent young doctor’s wife, left behind when her husband is drawn by guilt into the war effort in London.
The book is described as being about “two women who are afraid to deliver the news and one women waiting desperately to hear it.” But the book is about so much more. I fell in love with the characters immediately and couldn’t wait to find out what happened to them with every turn of the page. Although difficult to read at times, the vivid descriptions Frankie gives of the people in bomb shelters and the flight of the “unwanted” trying to get to Spain or America was enthralling.
Overall and excellent read.