After giving up on several books that just weren’t that good, I was glad to receive a copy of Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945 by Joyce Dennys in the mail, as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I’m a bit behind on reviewing some of the other books I’ve gotten recently, so I decided to start this one right away.
Written as letters to a friend fighting in Europe during WWII, “Henrietta Sees It Through” follows Henrietta Brown, her family, and friends through the trials and tribulations of wartime England. However, it’s a lot lighter than most WWII books I’ve read recently, including amusing illustrations throughout, and it focuses on some of the everyday things that changed at this time.
I thought this was such a sweet book, and it felt slightly reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse, though Henrietta and her friends are not quite as mischievous as Bertie Wooster and his friends. It’s a very enjoyable read, even if you’ve not read the first volume, as I hadn’t. I plan on looking for that first volume, as well as the other books in this collection from Bloomsbury Group.