Yours Cheerfully - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Hardback)AJ Pearce (author)
Continuing the story of wartime journalist Emmeline Lake, this delightful sequel to Dear Mrs Bird is just as warm and uplifting as Pearce’s bestselling debut.
From the author of Sunday Times bestseller, Dear Mrs Bird, comes a much hoped-for sequel, Yours Cheerfully. Charming, heart-warming and hilarious, Yours Cheerfully is just the tonic we've all been waiting for.
London, September 1941.
Following the departure of the formidable Editor, 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 is blossoming, while Emmy's best friend Bunty, is still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, but 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 AJ Pearce's debut, 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 36 mm
'Yours Cheerfully is full of wit, friendship and the uplifting knowledge that when people come together, great changes can be made. I absolutely loved it! - Katie Fforde
'At last, something to look forward to! A new book by AJ Pearce is a guaranteed delight! - Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
'I loved Pearce's debut, Dear Mrs Bird, and this is the charming sequel, which continues the adventures of aspiring journalist Emmeline Lake now that the formidable Mrs Bird has departed Woman's Friend magazine . . . A celebration of female friendship and solidarity in the toughest of times.' - Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
'Yours Cheerfully is such a tonic - as comforting and uplifting as an old MGM movie. Just what the nation needs to boost our spirits! So much fun and a breath of fresh air! I loved every minute.' - Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds
'Our plucky heroine Emmeline Lake is back in the sequel to one of my favourite novels, Dear Mrs Bird. It's full of the cheerful bravery and good humour that makes AJ Pearce's writing so special, with punch-the-air moments set against the sadness and loss of war. I gobbled up Yours Cheerfully and finished it with the feeling that the world is a wonderful place, really.' - Julie Cohen, author of The Two Lives of Louis and Louise
'Once again, AJ Pearce has provided us with a beautifully escapist read - Yours Cheerfully is a balm for the soul in these troubling times. I adore Emmy, Bunty, Mr Collins and the gang and it was a treat to be transported back into their company. Uplifting, funny and warm - just the ticket!' - Tracy Rees
'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
'Yours Cheerfully is an absolute joy and the perfect novel for this moment. Like Emmy herself, the sequel to Dear Mrs Bird is bursting with good humour and kindness. I loved it.' - Shelley Harris
'Yours Cheerfully is a joyful world I happily escaped into. Engrossing, engaging and charming. I finished reading with a smile, ready for anything.' - Ericka Waller, author of Dog Days
'Yours Cheerfully is a triumph! Warm, moving, and funny, AJ Pearce brilliantly conjures the resilience of the human spirit and Blitz togetherness without ever slipping into sentimentality. Genius! - Jane Wenham-Jones
'Yours Cheerfully is pure pleasure. Old chums Emmy and Bunty give us a proper comfort-read of a novel brimming with courage, vim, good humour, and above all the healing power of friendship. It's wonderful.' - Emma Stonex
'I devoured Yours Cheerfully. It has bone-deep charm, a sense of the ridiculous and cunning beguilement . . . it will make a lot of readers happy.' - Elizabeth Buchan
'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'I adored AJ Pearce's Dear Mrs Bird and this is the brilliant sequel, so I am indeed cheerful.' - Jill Mansell
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