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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,576,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both books are delightful reading.
Sarah E. Clark
And this Narrator has a wonderful way of bringing out the characters with her charming british voice.
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Excited for the next one to come out!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a light-hearted but moving book about life in small town Britain during WWII. The local villagers couldn't fight Hitler directly but they did what good they could by weeding gardens,raising funds, taking in evacuees and generally not letting the war get the best of them. Written as a series of letters from Henrietta, the village doctor's wife, to her childhood friend Robert who is off fighting somewhere, Henrietta Sees it Through is best read only an entry or two at a time. By the final pages I was really taking my time because I had gotten so attached to practical but kind Charles, resolute Lady B, flirtatious Faith, little baby No-well and the rest of the characters that I didn't want the book to end. Fortunately there is an earlier volume of letters, Henrietta's War, that I haven't read yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Boytim on September 7, 2013
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This is the sequel to Henrietta's War and follows the correspondence of Henrietta on village life during WWII as the war progresses. While there are still the humorous touches of village life and dealing with the privations of war, it is clear that the war has taken some toll on their lives. We do see a marriage and the birth of a baby. Lady B, despite her age, keeps soldiering on, and lifts Henrietta's spirits from time to time. The doctor indulges her quirks, and it is clear that he loves her dearly. The villagers soldier on through the war, mostly keeping a stiff upper lip, and occasionally having a treat of gin, taking the good times where they may, and managing through the rest. This was a nice companion to the prior book, and I probably would have enjoyed it more had I read the two concurrently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2013
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I loved this book. I'm a fan of this genre of British period stories like this, like Angela Thirkell. Henrietta is funny and gives an interesting glimpse into life during that time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maven on February 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
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. Such a sweet book, it was slightly reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse, though Henrietta and her friends are not quite as mischievous as Bertie Wooster and his friends. A very enjoyable read, even if you've not read the first volume (as I hadn't).

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2014
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This is the sequel to “Henrietta’s War,” and again it takes the form of fictional letters, written by Henrietta Brown – wife to the local doctor and mother to grown up children Bill and the Linnet – who spent the war in a ‘safe area’ of Devon, in the small rural community where she lived. Published in Sketch magazine, these letters gave the housewife a voice in the war; showing the daily struggles made by the countless women around the country who coped with rationing, evacuees – or being one – fuel targets, digging for victory, cuts and the general weariness caused by a war which had gone on for several years. Henrietta suffers when a ‘Good Book Drive’ means she must give up some of her precious and beloved volumes, feeling “like a mother delivering her children to an orphanage.” Everyone is a little tired now and have to keep giving each other support. Also, tempers are a little frayed, but all in all everyone is muddling through and managing very well.

Of course, Henrietta and her friends are aware that they are not in the front line and they suffer many pointed comments from those who have been bombed out. As Lady B, Henrietta’s closest friend and ally states though, living in London is very much like being an “only child.” Residing in the close knit community where they live is difficult, but is ultimately like being in a family – often leading to squabbles, but ultimately good for you. However, the jibes obviously hurt, especially when the war intrudes in personal ways. There is one really tragic moment when somebody's son is killed, yet the mother still takes part in a croquet tournament, and does not even tell anyone there that it happened. I found a real lump in my throat, I have to say, and was surprised in such a generally light-hearted book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SusieBookworm (Susanna P) on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front, 1942-1945 is the sequel to Henrietta's War. The two novels are compilations of fictional letters, written by Joyce Dennys and published in Sketch magazine during World War Two. These letters are written by the middle-aged, empty-nesting Henrietta to her childhood friend, Robert.

Henrietta is the wife of a small-town doctor. They live in Britain, but their area of the country is relatively unmolested by the Blitz. The only damage German bombs do to the town is to break windows and blow down doors, but that doesn't mean that the people there aren't facing other problems and heartaches because of the war. Henrietta, along with her husband Charles and her friends Lady B, the Conductor, and Faith, make the best of the war. They give up, do without, and maintain patriotic attitudes, usually with a sense of humor.

Henrietta Sees It Through is a delightful read. Dennys has what my English teacher calls "that dry British wit." Most of the letters have humorous or ironic endings. Despite the comedic slant, however, Henrietta still writes of the hardships and heartbreaks of the war, from going without silk stockings and elastic to dealing with the deaths of neighbors' sons. Along with the trials of war come the trials of being a small-town doctor's wife; Henrietta's little village has some unique - and sometimes irritating - characters. To wrap this up, Henrietta Sees It Through is a wonderful read for anyone interested in British literature, WWII, or just funny novels.

Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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