There is something so beautiful about this cover. The first time I saw it, its melancholy touched me. The almost dry petals of the flowers hummed some sort of grief to me. And the letters – how long has it been since you last received a hand written letter? It’s been few years for me, and seeing the envelopes lying there like that evoked some long forgotten feelings in me. Overall, the cover took my away to a whole different world of intense emotions just in a glance. And so, I couldn’t wait to read more about the storyline…
Penguin Book (UK) provides the following synopsis about the book –
Letters of love, telegrams of loss – the postmistress awaits them all
The wireless crackles with news of blitzed-out London and of the Second World War which is coursing through Europe, leaving destruction in its wake. Listening intently on the other side of the Atlantic, newly-wed Emma considers the fragility of her peaceful married life as America edges closer to the brink of war. As the reporter’s distant voice fills the room, she sits convincing herself that the sleepy town of Franklin must be far beyond the war’s reach.
But the life of American journalist Frankie Bard, whose voice seems so remote, will soon be deeply entangled with her own. With the delivery of a letter into the hands of postmistress Iris, the fates of these three women become irrevocably linked. But while it remains unopened, can Iris keep its truth at bay?
The Postmistress is a sweeping, romantic and harrowing tale of three unforgettable women, war torn fates and of what happens when those we love leave us behind.
Sounds interesting, yes. It might be a while before I read this one, but I will definitely get around to doing it someday.
What do you think?