I must admit that I have been interested in reading this book for quite some time. The time period (WWII), locations (Europe and Cape Cod, MA), and idea behind the story all seemed like they would make an interesting story sure to keep my attention. Unfortunately the book didn’t deliver quite as I hoped it would.
Set in the WWII era of the 1940’s, The Postmistress is a story told by a journalist (Frankie Bard) who was working in Europe during the time period before the US joined the war. Frankie is a tough ‘go getter’ kind of reporter that believes American’s aren’t getting the whole story as to what’s happening in Europe – so she sets out to report the story. Her radio reports are broadcast back to the states where they are listened to by the people living in the small Cape Cod town of Franklin.
A Franklin resident (Dr. Will Fitch) leaves Cape Cod to go to England where he feels that he can be of help. In a way Dr. Fitch is trying to redeem himself after the death of a local woman, he was assisting during her labor, profoundly affects him. While in England he meets Frankie Bard and the relationship begins that will forever tie the small Cape Cod town and its residents to the reporter. Dr. Fitch dies in England and it is left to the town’s postmistress (Iris James) to inform the widow of the news.
Blake’s writing is disjointed in the beginning. The novel starts out leaving the reader questioning how the characters will relate to each other. It isn’t until about 100 pages into the book that the story really finds its pace. I must say that after the characters are tied together the story really takes off, and I found myself more interested in the story.
Ultimately The Postmistress is a story of love, loss, and how human relationships are forged. If you can stick it out and get through the beginning, The Postmistress will prove to be a good read and would be recommended.