Meet Emmy Lake - a woman in her twenties who is living in London during WWII with her best friend Bunty, who dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent. When a job opens up at the London Evening Chronicle, she applies thinking this job will help her on the way to living her dream. However, through some misunderstanding (on her part), she learns she will be working for a ladies journal with the formidable Mrs. Henrietta Bird, a renowned advice columnist of Women's Friend magazine who refuses to reply to any readers asking advice on a wide range of unpleasant topics (According to Mrs. Bird). Emmy, feeling empathy for the many situations their women readers are facing, decides to secretly write back to these women, all the while helping out with the war effort as a phone operator for a fire station, and trying to stay upbeat and keep morale up while bombs are falling all around her.
An enjoyable read that focuses on the roles women took on during the second World War in London. It is a fast paced novel that is both moving and lighthearted, with a plucky protagonist and well developed cast of characters, Pearce sheds light how the everyday person carried on and tried to endure the day to day horrors of the Second World War. Reader's who enjoyed " The Chilbury Ladies Choir" and "Guersney Literary and Potato Peel society" are sure to enjoy this novel.