Book Review: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Book club met on Tuesday night and we discussed The Postmistress
by Sarah Blake.

One of our members loved the book and he read it in two nights.  It
turned out that he was a rose among thorns because the rest of us
didn’t hold it in high regard at all.

In a nutshell, it’s a story that takes place during World War II, but
before America has entered the war.  Frankie, a female war correspondent,
is a featured character and her reporting makes a strong basis for much
of the book.

Two other main characters, Iris as the postmistress, and Emma as
a young wife, live in a small town on Cape Cod and are loyal listeners
to Frankie’s radio reports.

This feminine threesome falls flat.  The author doesn’t include us in
any insight into these women.  It seemed to us that a novel that had
promised a good plot—an undelivered letter—never materialized.
It was the novel, not a letter, that didn’t get delivered!

Ms. Blake had some good lines, and clever descriptions, but just
didn’t make us care very much about the story itself.

Next month the selection is The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell.  Read it and meet us on the third Tuesday
of the month!

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