Thursday, April 1, 2010

Review of The Postmistress





The Postmistress
Sarah Blake
Penguin Group
326 pages
The Postmistress is Sarah Blake’s debut novel. A literary masterpiece set in pre WW11 America she gives us a glimpse of what life was like. She gives us colorful and unforgettable characters as she takes us through war torn Europe and she does it with grace and style. She keeps you entertained while straining your emotions and pulling your heartstrings.
Sarah’s story is one that’s been told a thousand times, a story about life just before and during WW11, but she throws in a twist, a twist called fate and what happens when fate is challenged. And that twist makes this plot so unique. She takes us on a journey with her wonderful descriptive dialogue. She is an amazing storyteller and her words took me to those places from her book and I could see the aftermath of bomb stricken London and pre WW11 small town USA. But what she surely excels in is her characters who are all so well defined and developed that they actually appear three dimensional to me. She takes us right to the heart of her story and shows us faces of the forgotten in Europe and let’s us hear their voices. She has strong women characters and shows us just what they’re made of. It’s a tale of love and loss, of heartache and heartbreak, of friendship, cruelty and hate, hopelessness but most of all hope.
So come on a trip through time and experience this wonderful, dynamic and unforgettable read for yourself. It’s a must read for all lovers of recent historical fiction, lovers of literary fiction and those of us who love all that plus an unforgettable read.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the First Look program at B&N.com and was able to discuss this wonderful novel with the author and her editor. It's a great experience and I urge all of you to sign up to participate. Check it out here: http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/First-Look/ct-p/firstlook

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