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This is book number 2 in the The Emmy Lake Chronicles series.
With the departure of Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend, intrepid would-be reporter Emmeline Lake (of Dear Mrs. Bird) has the opportunity to work with Mrs. Mahoney to make the advice column truly helpful to readers. But with the war raging on, the magazine is given a mission beyond ration-friendly meals and new looks for old clothes. With men being called to battle, the service magazines are asked to encourage women to take the jobs the men had to leave behind. A chance encounter on a train gives Emmy an in, but how should she act when what’s right for the war conflicts with what’s right for the women? Don’t worry, Emmy’s boyfriend Charles and her best friend Bunty have a role to play too. I’m not usually one for sequels, but Pearce’s combination of wartime drama with lots of historical detail, a dose of wry humor, and most of all, Emmy’s plucky spirit, works for me.— Daniel Goldin
From the author of the “jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People) and international bestseller Dear Mrs. Bird, a new charming and uplifting novel set in London during World War II about a plucky aspiring journalist.
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.
Every bit as funny, heartwarming, and touching as Dear Mrs. Bird, Yours Cheerfully is a celebration of friendship—a testament to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.
About the Author
AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire, England. She studied at the University of Sussex and Northwestern University. A chance discovery of a 1939 women’s magazine became the inspiration for her international bestseller, Dear Mrs. Bird, the first novel in The Emmy Lake Chronicles series. She lives in the south of England.
“Pearce packs in lighthearted banter and depictions of the good-spirited citizens of London working together to survive the war. . . . With big stakes and formidable opponents, this exciting saga is a fruitful exploration of the solidarity among women in times of grief, love, and hardship." —Publishers Weekly
"Pearce captures the spirit and hopefulness of those left at home during war, and readers will delight in this second chance to ride along with Emmy." —Booklist
"Charmingly humorous, but unflinching about the war's human tragedies. . . . this story offers a heartening message of women's power to create change." —HistoricalNovels.info
"An absolute delight! I loved Dear Mrs. Bird and was thrilled to spend more time with Emmy and Bunty in Yours, Cheerfully. AJ Pearce shines a light on the hardships that women factory workers faced during World War II, an echo to the plight of working mothers today. Endearing, poignant, and relevant, this uplifting novel is a treat!" —Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
"Brimming with charm, wit, and poignancy, Yours Cheerfully is a wartime story of women's strength and friendship that touches deeply and shines with heart. Emmy Lake is a character for the ages." —Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings
"In an unreliable world, I’m glad we can depend on AJ Pearce to deliver a delectable read." —Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"Yours Cheerfully is a joyful world into which I happily escaped—engrossing, engaging and charming. I finished reading with a smile, ready for anything." —Ericka Waller, author of Dog Days
"Yours Cheerfully is a tonic—comforting and uplifting. So much fun and a breath of fresh air!" —Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds
"Full of the cheerful bravery and good humor that makes AJ Pearce’s writing so special, with punch-the-air moments set against the sadness and loss of war." —Julie Cohen, author of Spirited
"Once again, AJ Pearce has provided us with a beautifully escapist read. Yours Cheerfully is a balm for the soul." —Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow