In Dear Mrs. Bird, A.J. Pearce has captured life in London during the WWII years with a keep your chin up and carry on attitude.
The story is of Emmeline Lake and her friend Bunty. Emmeline finds a job with a women's magazine and also volunteers for the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) in the evening, assisting the firemen who are called out nightly after bombing raids. Her job at Woman's Friend is to assist Mrs. Bird in answering letters sent in by readers but Mrs. Bird is very strict about not responding to anything she finds unpleasant. Emmeline decides to write back and offer advice to some women and also to sneak in some of her responses to the magazine "help" page. In between her devious letter writing, she is also writing to her boyfriend, all of which is far removed from her goal to become a war correspondent.