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Not my cup of Earl Grey
on 5 June 2014
The eponymous Henrietta is a middle-class, middle-aged housewife who lives in a small rural coastal town in Devon (based on Budleigh Salterton) that abounds with stereotypical World War 2 era English characters.
The extent to which you might enjoy "Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942" will depend on your tolerance for reading about the details of Henrietta's early WW2 observations of small town life as related in one-sided correspondence to her dear childhood friend Robert.
It's a quick and easy read, well written albeit in a very breezy and gossipy style, and it offers some insights into civilian life during early World War Two (1939-42) in a small English town. Many seem to adore it however it was not my cup of Earl Grey. It's all terribly British, very dated, relentlessly optimistic, and rather one dimensional. For many, that is all part of its charm, I found it to be more tedious than enjoyable.