Top positive review
Light, mildly amusing, easy reading.
6 October 2018
During the London blitz in the Second World War our heroine, Emmeline Lane, did her bit for the war effort by working shifts in the fire service, while at the same time trying to hold down a part-time secretarial post with a women’s magazine; a job she had fallen into by accident – an accident that was typical of her hasty “act first, think later” attitude. Not, it seemed, a happy accident either, as her boss was bigoted, narrow and domineering to an extent difficult to function under; she eventually rebelled, with far-reaching consequences.
To me Emmeline is a cross between Bridget Jones and Bertie Wooster, stumbling from one faux-pas to another, while talking the vernacular of schoolgirls.
At first I found this more irritating than amusing, and felt the story more appropriate for teenage consumption. Until she gets caught up in the memorable Café de Paris bomb disaster, in which beloved friends were involved, and suddenly she has to grow up.
After that it was hard to put down, and I am very glad I persevered with it.
To me, who lived through the London blitz, the author has done her research well, and painted a reasonably accurate picture of just what it was like.