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Summary

The Times top 10 best seller

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of Dear Mrs Bird comes Yours Cheerfully, the charming and hilarious 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, touching and cheering 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.

©2021 AJ Pearce (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"Full of wit, friendship and the uplifting knowledge that when people come together, great changes can be made." (Katie Fforde, author of Wedding Season)

"Sweet, heart-warming and uplifting.... Absolutely lovely!" (Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups)

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Lovely sequel!

This is a continuation of the delightful Dear Mrs Bird which continues to recreate life in WW2 from the perspective of a young woman journalist. It is a lovely mixture of war story, social commentary and romance. The dialogue and manners reflect the times beautifully. It finishes in Christmas 1942, so there MUST be a third book on the way - I do hope so!

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Yours Cheerfully

A very successful sequel although it can be read independently of the first book, Dear Mrs Bird.

I really enjoyed listening to this. The characters are relatable and you get a feeling of camaraderie, war time spirit and the devotion of good friendships.

Highly recommended.


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I did enjoy this book but thought the first book was more interesting. The narrator was excellent and brought the characters to life. I do hope there's a third book in this series

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As wonderful as the first book

I felt yet again at home with the characters in this book. They are like friends. I love both the cheerfulness and serious storyline. I thought I knew a lot about the Homefront but was shocked by some of the matters raised in this story. I can’t wait for the next one

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Fascinating insight / excellent narration

I really enjoyed the insight into women working in war time and the struggles they went through. Written beautifully with wonderful relationships between the characters. Twists and Turns. Excellent narration as with the previous book in this series, Dear Mrs Bird . The narrator can make all the difference and she helped this book shine.

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Loved every minute of this book

Loved listening to the characters & their lives brought to life by the narration, another story I didn’t want to end.

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bloody loved it

Just like Dear Mrs Bird, this is totally jolly hockey sticks but with such substance. The characters show immense resilience and caring and I love the determination, strength and overall good natured positivity.

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The narration is spoiling this for me.

I read the first book myself, and if it weren't for wanting to listen to it on my commute I'd give up on this recording. In my mind, Emmy is chatty and lively but this narration is quite pompous and over-enunciated.

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A captivating work

I thoroughly enjoyed AJ Pearce's sequel to Dear Mrs Bird. Very well researched and thoroughly engaging.

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Brilliant!!

Charming, nostalgic, gentle and uplifting!. I thoroughly enjoyed this story (as I did the first in this series) and happily drifted off to sleep every night with Emmy and friends. I do so hope that there will be more to follow....
My only slight criticism concerns the narrator who I found irritating. I feel sure there are better actresses available for this role.