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When readers discuss the historical fiction genre, humor doesn’t come up very often. The past, in its most dramatic periods, makes for a great book setting because of built-in drama and oftentimes, comedy can feel insensitive when a book is set during such a high stakes event.
But sometimes a heart-warming story with wit and charm is just what you need, and occasionally, one of these lighthearted novels is historical fiction. That’s the case for Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. With a focus on friendship and bravery, Dear Mrs. Bird is a pleasant and touching read.
Although quite sad in a few parts, the book is mostly a workplace comedy/drama that happens to be set during WWII, with many events revolving around the London Blitz. The plot is a tad predictable, the friendship between the two main characters really is very lovely and sweet.
Dear Mrs. Bird is nice break from the usual bleak and depressing tones more commonly found in the historical fiction genre. I highly recommend this novel for fans of one of my very favorite books, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. So that should tell you something.