I found the language very reminiscent of the Boarding School stories I read as a child. I had no idea then whether it was an accurate representation of how people spoke because that was not a world I was familiar with.
Emmy would have been contemporary with my mother, but I find it hard to think of Mum and her friends, in a major city, heavily bombed, but not London, being as naive and inexperienced as Emmy at her age. In many ways, the cartoon Mrs Bird was more believable than the central character.
Being old, I was aware of the bombing of the Cafe de Paris, which rather removed the element of surprise in the outcome of William's planned celebratory party. I wondered whether the author had expected it to be news to readers and would be disappointed to find that disastrous effects on Bunty and William were anticipated rather than a shock. Emmy's delayed departure for the party was seen as a lucky break, not a frustrating interruption to her plans.
It was a light read, quite jolly, and may well end up in the cinema. No doubt the author would be pleased if it did!
It made a pleasant change from the current trend for dark psychological thrillers.
No one informed us - family bereavement
Should we ban them? - politicians on TV
Hard to develop relationship - family far away