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Once upon a time in 1940 while Europe is being ravaged by Nazi aggression, a Massachusetts seaside community is enjoying one of its last tourist-laden seasons before America enters the war. We meet Iris James, postmaster, dedicated to maintaining order and delivering the mail. Iris, like other coastal residents, listens to the harrowing radio broadcasts of Murrow and Frankie Bard, a female journalist, as they report from war-torn London. Before the next summer arrives, Iris and Frankie will meet under some extraordinary circumstances. Sarah Blake explores some arguable topics in her novel, including vigilance v. complacency, destiny v. chance, and even, postmaster v. postmistress. A valuable addition to the historical fiction genre!
Reviewed by Susanne W., South County Regional
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