I read the first Henrietta’s War book earlier this year, and I liked it well enough. Though it was a sequel, I didn’t feel like I missed a lot, but I did want to read the first book, just in case.
Henrietta’s War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys is a series of letters written by Henrietta, a housewife in England, to her childhood friend who is fighting in WWII. Henrietta writes about everyday things, per her friend’s request, and it shows a different side of the war, especially in a smaller town. Rationing and other preparations are becoming common, and Henrietta writes about how the people in town react to this new way of life.
Oddly, I almost didn’t like this volume as much as the second one, and I ended up wondering about characters not mentioned until the latter book. It’s still a nice book though.
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.