Mrs. Porter Calling [Book Review] #NetGalley #Scribner @ScribnerBooks #HistoricalFiction #booktwitter #bookworm

Mrs. Porter Calling is light historical fiction and the third installment of the Emmy Lake Chronicles (can be read as a stand-alone).

Mrs. Porter Calling by A.J. Pearce

Mrs. Porter Calling by A.J. Pearce (cover) Image: a young woman dressed in a teal coat and hat stands with her back to the camera looking off to the side

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction (WWII), London (England), Women on the Home Front, Women’s Fiction, Friendship

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My Summary of Mrs. Porter Calling:

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Emmy Lake is in charge of Yours Cheerfully, an advice column in Woman’s Friend magazine. Readers love the advice column as they face increasing challenges during wartime. However, a new publisher (Mrs. Porter) wants to change everything. Mrs. Porter fills the pages with expensive clothes and frivolous articles. She also announces the cutting of the Yours Cheerfully column. As readership plummets, Emmy and her friends must find a way to save the magazine that women (and they) love.

My Thoughts:

A Series

Although Mrs. Porter Calling is the third in the series, each can be read as a stand-alone. That said, I also believe that a series is best when read in order! Of the three (Dear Mrs. Bird, Yours Cheerfully, and Mrs. Porter Calling, the second (Yours Cheerfully) is my favorite. I’ve grown to appreciate women on the home front fiction (see more examples in this post). This series is perfect for readers looking for lighter WWII histfic and stories of women supporting women.


I always appreciate themes of friendship, women supporting women, pulling together during hard times, women on the home front, and chasing your dreams with determination. In this series, the pressure of publishing and print media plays an important role.

Main Character

There is lots to love about our main character, Emmy Lake. She is devoted to her job, cares deeply for her friends, solves problems, and is a kind and compassionate person. Emmy is determined, smart, forthright, and responsible. You can’t help but love her and cheer her on.

Content Consideration: Although this is an overall light read, there is some difficult content related to wartime (loss of life, bombings).

Recommending Mrs. Porter Calling

I recommend the Emmy Lake Chronicles for readers looking for lighter WWII historical fiction and for those who love friendship and women supporting women themes.

Related: (also by A.J.Pearce) Dear Mrs. Bird, Yours Cheerfully

My Rating:  4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Meet the Author of Mrs. Porter Calling, A.J. Pearce

Author A.J. Pearce

AJ Pearce was born in Hampshire, UK. Her favourite subjects at school were English and History, which now (finally) makes sense. Her debut novel Dear Mrs Bird was a Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy Bookclub Pick. It was shortlisted for Debut of the Year at The 2019 British Book Awards and has been published in the USA, Canada and Australia and in translation in over fifteen languages. Dear Mrs Bird was the first in AJ’s series The Emmy Lake Chronicles which now includes Yours Cheerfully and Mrs Porter Calling. Her books are funny, sometimes extremely sad, but always uplifting stories about a group of women standing together to face the challenges of World War 2. When not writing books, AJ enjoys being fairly rubbish at a variety of hobbies and has recently started to learn to paint, with so far messy although enthusiastic results. Follow AJ on Instagram, Facebook and Threads: @ajpearcewrites.


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  1. Even if it’s not your favourite, I’m glad to hear it is an enjoyable read, Carol. I love Emmy and look forward to visiting with her again.

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