Saturday, March 17, 2012

Henrietta's War: News from the Homefront 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys

genre: fiction

Henrietta!   What a wonderful, rounded out character.  Living in a "safe area" out on the Devon Coast during World War two, this British housewife tells her story in a series of letters to a childhood friend who is overseas in the military, fighting for Mother England.  But Henrietta doesn't only tell her own story, it's a sketch of an entire village, trying to go on with life as normal as refugees from London are arriving every day, rations are getting ever tighter and soldiers are doing exercises just around the corner.

This was just delightful.  Clever and witty, Henrietta herself is admittedly full of faults and we laugh at her antics - her fear of loud sounds, her stuck-up little dog, her attempts at sewing and cooking.  I particularly appreciate that these vignettes were written DURING the war and based on some of the author's own experiences.  I found a lot to enjoy in this short work - a fresh and light look at a group of people who are trying to keep their spirits up on the Homefront. 

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bermudaonion said...

I love that some of this book is based on the author's own experiences. It sounds delightful.

Marg said...

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for so long. I have heard so many positive things about it. Need to find time to read it!

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