Out on 24 June 2021

Yours Cheerfully

AJ Pearce

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24 June 2021
320 pages

From the author of Sunday Times Bestseller, Dear Mrs Bird, comes a much hoped-for follow up, Yours Cheerfully. Charming, heart-warming and hilarious, Yours Cheerfully is just the tonic we've all been waiting for.

'Full of wit, friendship and the uplifting knowledge that when people come together, great changes can be made' - Katie Fforde

London, September, 1941.

Following the departure of the formidable Editor, Henrietta Bird, from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles is blossoming, while Emmy’s best friend Bunty, is still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, but bravely looking to the future. Together, the friends are determined to Make a Go of It.

When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit desperately needed female workers to the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to be asked to step up and help. But when she and Bunty meet a young woman who shows them the very real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must tackle a life-changing dilemma between doing her duty, and standing by her friends.

Every bit as funny, heartwarming, and touching as AJ Pearce's debut, Dear Mrs Bird, Yours Cheerfully is a celebration of friendship, a testament to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.

At last, something to look forward to! A new book by AJ Pearce is a guaranteed delight!

Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I loved Pearce's debut, Dear Mrs Bird, and this is the charming sequel, which continues the adventures of aspiring journalist Emmeline Lake now that the formidable Mrs Bird has departed Woman's Friend magazine . . . A celebration of female friendship and solidarity in the toughest of times

Alice O'Keeffe, Bookseller, Editor's Choice

Yours Cheerfully is such a tonic - as comforting and uplifting as an old MGM movie. Just what the nation needs to boost our spirits! So much fun and a breath of fresh air! I loved every minute

Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds