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This review is from: The Postmistress (Paperback)
Iris James is the new postmaster of Franklin; she spends her time watching the townspeople and keeping their secrets. Emma Fitch is newly wed to the local doctor and moves to the Cape Cod town, she is desperate to find her niche and have someone to look after her. Frankie Bard is a journalist, covering the war in London, reporting back to America via radio. The war is far removed from the town, but it affects all three women.
Unfortunately, I can't say I enjoyed it. Yes, it's well written and there were parts when Frankie was in Europe that I found compelling, but overall I was underwhelmed and glad to get to the end.
All the major characters are either watching or being watched, this made the book feel claustrophobic but also strangely removed. The idea of keeping secrets and withholding information fitted well into the wartime setting, but I couldn't really see the point as it all ended the same anyway.
The idea of being the story of the edges of the photo is mentioned at several points and I felt that as a reader I was being kept at a distance, very much at the edge and the whole thing was rather superficial. The love stories woven through just didn't touch me and so the losses were correspondingly less affecting.
I think it's best to sum it up as a "classic book club" choice as there is lots to discuss, but not necessarily enjoy. It looks great, parts are beautifully crafted and there was evidently huge research behind it all, but I just didn't get it.