Yours Cheerfully The Emmeline Lake Chronicles #2 by A. J. Pearce

Published: 2021 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Pan Macmillan 3. Own work using: Rosie the Riveter [Public Domain] via openclipart; and Come into the factories [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 4. Female workers taking a break. [CC BY 2.0] via flickr (Original has been colourised).

Emmaline Lake works at the magazine called ”Woman’s Friend” during the Second World War. She has been given an assignment to write articles about women working in factories for the war effort, and she becomes involved in the women’s protests about working conditions, particularly with regard to child care.

“Irene’s sign simply said WAR WIDOWS NEED NURSERIES.”

BOOK SNAPS: Quite a pleasant read, but not an ”exciting saga” (Publishers Weekly). It continues on from Dear Mrs Bird – same characters, same cheerful banter, same easy-going pace – which I felt had more substance.

Quotes:


“With no end to the war in sight, the only thing we could do was to get on with it and try to enjoy what we could, even if some days she did just feel like staying in bed.”

”I’ll put a penny to a pound that nothing has changed since factories in the last war. Thousands of perfectly capable women being managed by a lot of silly old men without an ounce of sense between them.”

Author: A. J. Pearce



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