Yours Cheerfully by A. J. Pearce #BookReview #EmmyLakeChronicles2 #Picador #NetGalley #5*

From the author of Sunday Times Bestseller, Dear Mrs Bird, comes a much hoped-for follow up. Charming, hilarious and inspiring, Yours Cheerfully is just the tonic we’ve all been waiting for.

London, September, 1941.

Following the departure of the formidable Editor, Henrietta Bird, from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles is blossoming, while Emmy’s best friend Bunty, is still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, but bravely looking to the future. Together, the friends are determined to Make a Go of It.

When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit desperately needed female workers to the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to be asked to step up and help. But when she and Bunty meet a young woman who shows them the very real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must tackle a life-changing dilemma between doing her duty, and standing by her friends.

Every bit as funny, touching and cheering as AJ Pearce’s debut, Dear Mrs Bird, Yours Cheerfully is a celebration of friendship, a testament to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.

A Super Sequel!

I had no idea that this was a sequel to Dear Mrs Bird, but I enjoyed that one so much that as soon as I saw this author had another book on the way I immediately requested it.

Now that Henrietta Bird has left the magazine, Emmy is actually learning on the job. With expert guidance she is well on her way to becoming the journalist she always wanted to be. Her relationship with Charles is going from strength to strength and friend Bunty is slowly recovering from injuries sustained during the bombing of London. When the Ministry appeals to women’s magazines to help them recruit much needed female workers to help with the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to be involved but then she and Bunty come across women with the desire to help their country but in need of some unforthcoming help to allow them to do so. Emmy finds herself trying to do the right thing by the magazine as well as by her conscience and her friends.

What a super sequel! Continuing on from the first, my mind quickly recalled the story and I was delighted to be back in Emmy’s world. Along with Bunty, both are determined to do ‘their bit’ and it made me yawn just thinking about everything they packed into each 24 hour period. A great reflection of wartime Britain including the misogynistic attitudes of many and the difficulties faced on a daily basis, mixed in with a compelling story of friendship, romance and careers. Wonderful and so very enjoyable. I’m thrilled that the author is working on her third book – can’t wait! A terrific read which I’m delighted to recommend and give all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the author for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: literary fiction

Author Details

AJ Pearce is the author of the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller DEAR MRS BIRD, which was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. It has been translated into fifteen languages and optioned for development for TV.

Born in Hampshire, her favourite subjects at school were English and History, which now (finally!) seems to be making some sense.

Her new novel, YOURS CHEERFULLY is the sequel to Dear Mrs Bird and will be published 24 June in the UK and 10 August in the USA.

AJ is currently researching her third novel.

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