by A.J. Pearce
London, November 1941. Following the departure of the formidable 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 (now stationed back in the UK) is blossoming, while Emmy’s best friend Bunty, still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, is 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.
Now a second in the series has been released called “Yours Cheerfully”, catching up with Emmeline Lake one year later than book one. It took me a little while to get back into it, but only a few chapters in I fell back in love with the optimistic, plucky Emmy.
Emmy is now working as a wartime advice columnist for Woman’s Friend magazine, a job she’s always dreamed of having. The Second World War is still raging and women across the country come to this magazine for advice on recipes, patterns and general woes.
Emmy and her best friend Bunty are just as lovely as they are in book one, but since attending the Ministry of Information meeting for journalists, Emmy has had her eyes opened to the hardships some women are facing and she makes it her mission to highlight this in her work.
Although this book is set in the war, it’s anything but depressing and the story is uplifting and heart-warming. I did enjoy the read however, without wanting to sound completely apathetic, I did feel that the story was a little too quaint for me and I was always waiting for something dramatic to happen.
The writing is immersive and it’s clear that a lot of effort went into researching this book, especially when it came to the women working in the ammunition factories. I find literature like this to be a really interesting way to learn more about historical events in a more light-hearted and accessible way.
I know many people who would enjoy this book and I will definitely be recommending it. If you enjoyed the first book, you will most likely enjoy this one too!
Overall rating: “Yours Cheerfully” follows our plucky heroine, Emmy Lake in her second book as she investigates and reports on women giving their all for the war effort. I found it to be really interesting and an educational piece of literature, even if a little too quaint at times. A solid 4 stars from me!
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