My Dear Bessie by Chris Barker and Bessie Moore: Book Review


If you’re looking for a light hearted but absorbing beach read, then I recommend this book which I won via a Gransnet competition.

It’s a selection of real letters between two people written during the 1940s, both during and after WW2.  The couple, Chris and Bessie, start off as colleagues, but love blossoms through their letters and the whole romance is charted by increasingly loving and indeed sexual thoughts about one another.  What I loved was the way the mundane days of life in the army and at home are documented along with this constant yearning to be together.  It also gives an insight into what was expected of a wife post war!   I did raise an eyebrow at some of Chris’s comments on domestic arrangements, but then, it was another time and serves to show how things have changed.

A lovely read.

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