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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (Feb. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156199
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 4 2010
Format: Hardcover
Books about life on the American home front during WW2 (or in this case in the two years preceding it) often center on war production, rationing, government service, and other specific subjects. Susan Blake's novel concerns more the feelings and thoughts of those left behind. There are three women at the heart of Blake's story. One is the young (and new) wife of a doctor who feels drawn to serve in London during the blitz. He leaves her behind in their Cape Cod home as he goes off to war. Also in the small village is the postmistress, who is in charge of the in-coming and out-going mail. Both women, like most of the other residents listen to radio reports from London by such broadcasters as Edward R Murrow and members of his team. One of Murrow's collegues is an American woman named Frankie, who broadcasts about everyday life in London during the Blitz as well as special reports on the atrocities being committed in countries under German occupation. It is Frankie's broadcasts which have inspired the young doctor to volunteer in London. Frankie and the doctor eventually meet in London - in a bomb shelter - and the repercussions of that meeting reverberate back to the quiet Cape Cod community.

There's not a lot of action in Blake's book, other than normal wartime goings-on. The real "action" is that what goes on between the three women who are finally united in the Cape Cod town. It's a sad, yet hopeful story. I'm sure WW2 produced many such stories, and many such heroines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Petec on Feb. 20 2012
Format: Paperback
(...)The Postmistress grows on you. At the very beginning, you think: 'Great, another WWII, how many of those out there!' and it does not even seem enticing. But then every little action, every face, and every bit of dialogue you discover as not being stupid and that is already a big plus. Also, I kept having the impression that Sarah was reading my mind or at least following me around, for blatant general truths I for sure think, but almost never have the courage to blurt out, kept popping up right when they were happening, and once I even looked behind, it was downright spooky!
Some opinions out there blame the lack of reliability as well as 'juicy' details when it comes to the war. I would not label it as a war book, it is not. It's about characters facing it and having their take on it; more specifically, it's about Americans seeing the beginning of the WWII in Europe and then USA. It's the right or wrong; the idea that we''re all together and everything affects everything, life''s a treacherous play that one cannot build a script for.
Many keep pounding 'the news' notion how it's all about news, how one receives the news, blah blah blah or bull, I say. One knows. One can feel it in his bones. There is no news, yes, there is a reporter broadcasting, yes there is censorship, yes she carries a letter all over the world, but all that feels like a side plot to me, it's the context for the real plot to happen: love, strong, pure, one of a kind, the kind that makes you feel guilty for having it and terrified at the thought of losing. (...)
To see the rest of this review, as well as many more interesting unabridged ones go to allwords.ca.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Willow Halliday on March 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Blake writes a heart-wrenching story of love and war in America and Europe during WWII. Life was very different between these two continents and Ms. Blake shows us this with clarity and passion.

I really liked "The Postmistress". I like the characters and the plot development. The opening pages are an interest grabber making the reader want to immerse themselves into the mystery. That is where the story falls short. There is no mystery. I was expecting bags of mail being "misplaced" but this was not the case. In the end, would those missing letters have really made a difference in the life of the intended recipient if she had received them? Those letters were more of an anchor than a main theme and I found them to be irrelevant and weak. However, there was an element of suspense and over all I really enjoyed "The Postmistress".
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By spudwil on April 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sorry, I didn't like this book and had to force myself to finish it. I found it poorly written with poor character development. Too bad because it was an interesting idea and if it was written by a different author it may have been readable. For an excellent book about what it's really like to live through a war, try Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. You can actually feel the war around you as you read it.
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Format: Paperback
The author thought a lot and did a lot of research before writing this book. I loved the idea behind it, however I found the beginning very slow and found it hard to connect with the characters. I nearly abandoned reading but persevered and found the second half so much more interesting. By the end I was hooked. The book made me think a lot about the war and how it affected different people. But it also made me think about how we react to conflict, the reported news, and the story behind the reported story...how it started, how it ends and all of the in between parts...the parts of the story we never hear. So I suppose that the author achieved her goal with me. It made me think. If I recommend this book to anyone, I would warn them that the first half is not an easy read.
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