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Another Henrietta Treat, Though A Little Darker,
This review is from: Henrietta Sees it Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-45 (The Bloomsbury Group) (Paperback)
`Henrietta Sees It Through' is the war years from 1942 - 1945 as written by our narrator Henrietta the doctors wife in the Devonshire countryside in the form of letters to her childhood friend Robert. It's a side to war you don't often see as really bar the rationing people aren't that aware there is a war on (and this is written to much comical effect in the previous book Henrietta's War too) to begin with. In fact most of them are in competition with just what they can do in order to be a part of the `War Effort'. Be it from the amount of heating materials they use, the way they can create clothes out of curtains and pyjama's, who can knit the most and who can house the most evacuee's.
There is a much darker twist though as the book goes on and suddenly Devonshire isn't quite as safe as it once was -the siren is even rung on several occasions which has been unheard of until now. Though still incredibly funny in parts I can imagine Joyce Dennys couldn't just make a set of columns for Sketch magazine (which is where Henrietta was created) constantly funny despite the fact the idea behind it was in some way to make people laugh during these trying times, Dennys own war effort if you will. So people in the village that Henrietta knows do loose loved ones as many people did and though there is sadness Dennys mixes in the hope of the Blitz Spirit which wasn't just alive and well in London but around the whole country.
I again thoroughly enjoyed the second, and sadly I think final, instalment of Henrietta and the goings on of her and her friends such as the wonderful Lady B, the ditzy flirtatious Faith (a lovely happy story line there) and a few new characters too not just of the human variety either. I said last year that `I haven't smirked, giggled and laughed out loud at a book so much in quite some time. A perfect and delightful book' after reading `Henrietta's War' and was worried this one might not be able to live up to the last one. However with Dennys adding a few darker shades of the war in I found the contrast added something extra that made this a wonderful follow up and whilst I carried on laughing, I was made to think much more about war and its effects.