Yours Cheerfully

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, and an instant Top 5 Bestseller in The Times, 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. 



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Reviews, Press & Praise

  • ‘If you loved Dear Mrs Bird you’ll be delighted that there’s a sequel to the story of plucky trainee journalist Emmy, with the same humour, heart and poignancy.

    Good Housekeeping
  • Yours Cheerfully: the best possible antidote for the blahs, the doldrums, all slumps, all dumps, but also effective against letdowns and general malaise. Loved. Every. Word.

    Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry
  • At last, something to look forward to! A new book by AJ Pearce is a guaranteed delight!

    Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • The perfect pick-me-up for these post-pandemic-y times

    Sarra Manning, Red Magazine’s Best Summer Books 2021
  • Yours Cheerfully is as sweet, heartwarming and uplifting as the first book. Absolutely lovely! And if you haven’t read Dear Mrs Bird yet, do so, without delay!

    Marian Keyes
  • A delightful and poignant story of courage, friendship and love on the Home Front at the height of World War II, and every bit as funny, heartwarming, and touching as Dear Mrs Bird.

    Grazia’s Pick of The Best Books of 2021
  • Pearce captures the spirit and hopefulness of those left at home during war, and readers will delight in this second chance to ride along with Emmy.

    American Library Association Booklist
  • I loved Pearce’s debut, Dear Mrs Bird, and this is the charming sequel . . . A celebration of female friendship and solidarity in the toughest of times.

    The Bookseller
  • Yours Cheerfully is full of wit, friendship and the uplifting knowledge that when people come together, great changes can be made. I absolutely loved it!

    Katie Fforde
  • This beautifully observed, touching tale is a delight from start to finish.

    Sunday Express Magazine
  • Batten down the hatches and disappear into this wonderful world of yesteryear. I thought Dear Mrs Bird was unbeatable but I was wrong. Yours Cheerfully is FABULOUS’

    Milly Johnson, author of My One True North
  • An absolute delight! I loved Dear Mrs Bird and was thrilled to spend more time with Emmy and Bunty in Yours Cheerfully… Endearing, poignant, and relevant, this uplifting novel is a treat!

    Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
  • I adored AJ Pearce’s Dear Mrs Bird and this is the brilliant sequel, so I am indeed cheerful

    Jill Mansell, author of It Started With A Secret