I usually write book reviews in the order I finish the books, but I am itching to get this written down before I forget what I want to say about The Postmistress. I downloaded the audio version of this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it, and I have to admit I am a little disappointed.
The Postmistress is about three women. Iris James is the new postmistress in Franklin, Massachusetts. Emma Fitch moves to Franklin as the wife of the doctor, Will. Frankie Bard is a journalist who is covering World War II in England. Frankie ends up travelling through Europe recording the stories of people who are fleeing. The novel takes place before the United States joined the war.
Blake is a good writer, and she is adept at creating a realistic setting. Her descriptions of Europe during World War II were obviously the product of a great deal of research. Unfortunately, something was missing from her character development. Ironically, we never really learn much about the postmistress herself. The most developed character in the story was Frankie Bard, and I found that I only cared about what happened to her and Otto, the German. Unfortunately, Otto’s story just ends unresolved, and Frankie’s story becomes intertwined with Emma’s in a manner that was a bit contrived and predictable.
I started listening to this one in Februrary and didn’t make myself finish it until April. That should be an indication of how much it lost my interest. Many people love this book, so you should still check it out to see if it piques your interest. If you aren’t interested after 100 pages (or 2 or 3 hours on audio), assume that it will not get better.