First Line Friday: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce #travelingfriendsreads #BookBloggers

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First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Bookswhere we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

Our first lines are to a Traveling Friends Group read.  Norma has finished reading and  Lindsay and I are going to be starting soon.

When I first saw the advertisement in the newspaper I thought I might actually burst.

Goodreads summary

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

A charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist—a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.

London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.

Prepare to fall head over heels with Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are spirited and gutsy, even in the face of events that bring a terrible blow. As the bombs continue to fall, the irrepressible Emmy keeps writing, and readers are transformed by AJ Pearce’s hilarious, heartwarming, and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.


Have you read this one?  Want to read it? Please add your first line to a book you have started or going to start.  We love to hear from you!!!

19 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce #travelingfriendsreads #BookBloggers”

  1. Nope, I haven’t read this one. I have been seeing it around quite a bit though.
    This is my first line from A Home Come True by Cheryl Harper:

    “Daydreaming about shoving a buttered dinner roll into Sarah Hillman’s mouth to keep her from laughing again was a sign that it was time to leave the party.”

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    1. That’s a great first line! Has me wanting to check out the book. Thank you for sharing your first line!

      Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

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  2. This book sounds like fun! (Despite the fact that there’s a war?)

    I love good first lines. The book I just finished has a good one: “This was the year the parents in my neighbourhood began killing themselves.” — That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung

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    1. Lol Too funny but I thinking its the truth! If only we could read as fast as we add.

      I hope you are able to knock off some great ones from your list!! Happy reading!!

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