“Find out what you’re good at…and then get even better. That’s the key.”
4.5 disco balls
Published: July 3, 2018 by Scribner
Category: Historical Fiction
Protagonist Emmy Lake had that same spark and spunk as Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (one of my favorite classics and also my favorite literary character).
Not your typical WWII novel. It had the right amount of cheeriness and personality without taking away the fact there was a war going on; literally right above their heads.
Emmy Lake wanted to be a war correspondent and answered a job advertisement to work at the prestigious London Evening Chronicle. She accepts the job on the spot, but will discover on her start date that she was actually hired as a junior typist for a cantankerous advice columnist, Mrs. Bird.
Dear Abby may come to mind, but Mrs. Bird is nothing of the sort. She’s a bit more set in her ways and not very interested in offering advice rather than telling people to buck up and be better. She has a list of topics she will not consider and brushes off women with real issues: this doesn’t sit well with Emmy and she will take matters into her own hands.
Oh Emmy, what type of trouble will you find yourself in?!
It is also a story about friendship and perseverance. It’s quite charming; I highly recommend.
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