The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

In 1940, while World War II was devastating Europe, some Americans were resting easy in the knowledge that President Roosevelt had promised we would have no part in it. Our boys would never have to cross the ocean and fight a battle that was not ours.

Frankie Bard is in the midst of the bombings in London, working diligently to bring the stories of war into the homes of Americans through her radio show. She knows that it is imperative for those who can hear her to get the real stories of war, not just what the censors want listeners to hear.

Across the ocean, in the small town of Franklin, Massachusetts, two women listen to these stories, riveted by the bold honesty and real-life drama unfolding a world away. Iris James, the postmistress and protector of the town’s secrets, and Emma Fitch, the doctor’s new wife, cannot tear themselves away from their radios during Frankie’s show.

It is a letter, a seemingly innocuous piece of paper that will change their lives and bring them all together.

In her novel, The Postmistress, Sarah Blake creates a connection between three women that might never have crossed paths otherwise. Her prose is so compelling and capturing, that you are drawn in, just as Iris and Emma are into Frankie’s radio show.

You find yourself in the trenches, in a bomb shelter, among the wounded, on the train, and in the homes of each character in this book. Sarah Blake pulls you in and you cannot pull back until you have completely finished this novel.
In turns harrowing and heartwarming, The Postmistress is a novel that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There are no snags or lulls in the story. Blake perfectly captured the era, desperation, hope, and tenacity of each person in her story. You MUST get a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed.

It is, in a word, exquisite.


Robin Gwaro is a founding book review blogger at Bookgateway.com and has generously supplied this review. She describes herself as “a woman just trying to keep it all together. Most days, I have the juggling act down! Others, I have the broom and dustpan handy to clean up the mess. My life is not always easy, it is not always neat, but it is always worth every minute!” Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.