From the author of the bestselling “jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People) Dear Mrs. Bird, comes a charming and irresistible novel featuring plucky aspiring journalist Emmy Lake as she navigates life, love, and friendship in London during World War II.

London, April 1943.

Emmy Lake is an agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine, doing all she can to help readers as they face the challenges of wartime life. With her column thriving and a team of women behind her, Emmy finally feels she is Doing Her Bit.

But when the glamourous new owner arrives, everything changes. Charming her way around editor Guy Collins, Emmy quickly realises the Honourable Mrs Cressida Porter plans to destroy everything readers love about the magazine.

With her best friends by her side, Emmy must work out how she can bring everyone together and save Woman’s Friend before it’s too late.

Heartwarming, funny, and joyfully uplifting, the third novel in the Emmy Lake Chronicles is a moving tribute to friendship and overcoming adversity.



  • Heartbreaking yet feel-good, we loved it.

    Woman and Home
  • AJ Pearce has not lost her touch. Mrs Porter Calling is a winning combination of warmth, humour and a compelling story of the power of friendship. This book really is a joy.

    Katie Fforde
  • The third book in the Emmy Lake Chronicles series, which started with Dear Mrs Bird, is a ray of sunshine.

    Good Housekeeping
  • If Nancy Mitford and Jilly Cooper had collaborated in 1943, I can imagine Mrs Porter Calling might be the result. Humorous and sharp, poignant and profound, it is a book that will stay in my heart and on my shelf, and I suspect will become a very battered comfort-read, to be returned to whenever my spirit needs a lift or I need a good old sob.

    Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost
  • If ever there was a book to cheer a heart, it’s MRS PORTER CALLING. Touching, beyond charming, meticulously researched and full of the best one-liners, it is playful, perky, poignant and perfect. I love, love, LOVED it.

    Milly Johnson
  • A book to sink into. With Emmy and Bunty by your side you know you are in safe hands. Smashing!

    Sally Page, author of The Keeper of Stories
  • I raced through this one by AJ Pearce. Mrs Porter Calling is just brilliant, so utterly charming and uplifting…all I want is for Emmy and Bunty to be my friends!

    Jill Mansell
  • I loved AJ Pearce’s previous novels in the series, Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully but I have to say Mrs Porter Calling is absolutely glorious. So spectacularly joyful, uplifting and just the treat I needed. I found I couldn’t wait to get back to it once I’d started – I absolutely loved it.

    Tracy Rees
  • I loved Mrs Porter Calling, it’s her best yet! In this gorgeous novel AJ Pearce takes us on an incredible journey full of gumption. I cried, I laughed and I finished it feeling full of hope. A beautiful story of love and friendship. Absolutely stirring stuff!

    Jo Thomas
  • AJ’s writing just goes from strength to strength and I can’t wait for her next one – such a poignantly happy ending to a perfect book!

    Catherine Jones, author of Fates and Fortunes in Little Woodford