Reading Fool, January 01, 2011
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When I don't want to get dressed in the morning because the book in my hands has swallowed me whole, I know I have found a winner. Blake's juxtaposition of life in small-town Massachussetts and life under the Blitz (World War II) in London is riveting. Her characters are flawed, and intensely human. I see, feel, hear, and breathe the air and all the emotions of love and loss that Blake has captured. We know from the title that "The Postmistress" will play a vital role in the story, but every character is charged with electricity, and Blake manages to surprise us with the turn of each page. I happened to pick up the large print edition from the library, but will happily buy the standard print version for my book shelf. It surprises me to put "The Postmistress" at the top of my reading list for 2010, and I shall look forward to reading her other books in 2011.