Published in 2010. 326 pages.
I wanted to love this book. A historical fiction novel. Set during World War II. With not just one but three female protagonists. Each revealing part of the story from her own perspective. The Postmistress had all the elements of a great read! Alas ...
The book started slow for me, but I kept going because it was both a Book Buddies pick and a Salt Lake County Reader's Choice nominee. I kept hoping that something would happen that would captivate me - or at least let me see what the author was trying to tell her readers. Unfortunately, that never happened - even as I neared the end and just "knew" that I would finally be happy with the tale. The more I hoped for the book to come together in a way that I'd find satisfying, the more irritated I got ... and then I just got crabby.
- If I had read "he leaned in to light her cigarette" one more time, I would have screamed.
- What was with the weird, unrelated scenes of sexuality and discussions of women's reproductive health issues?
- The plot was not cohesive. There were several "short stories" that I quite enjoyed, but as a novel it just didn't come together.
- Even the title misrepresents the content, as "the postmistress" is only one of three female protagonists.
For a more thoughtful and positive review, check out Dawn's thoughts at She Is Too Food of Books.