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The Postcard: Escape to Cornwall with the Perfect Summer Holiday Read Paperback – June 29, 2017
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`Incredibly atmospheric' Sun More praise for Fern Britton: `Warm and intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable' Sunday Times bestseller, Katie Fforde `Another ripping good read' Good Housekeeping `Charming and fun read' OK `A light-hearted, fun read...' Daily Mail `Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make this a must-read' Woman `A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life' Heat `Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page' Good Housekeeping
About the Author
Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won Fern legions of loyal readers.A hugely popular household name through iconic shows such as This Morning, Fern is also a much sough-after presenter.Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities. She lives with her husband, Phil Vickery, and her four children in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall. To find out more, connect with her at www.fern-britton.com, @Fern Britton and facebook.com/officialfernbritton.
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We are back in Cornwall (honestly I don’t pick them just because I live here!) in a lovely coastal village called Pendruggan. Penny is married to Simon the local vicar, mother to baby Jenna. She was previously a big name in a tv production and is now trying to adapt to a more ‘mundane’ lifestyle. When she gets word of her mother’s demise it triggers a spiral in her mental health which has been fragile recently. For anyone who suffers depression all the signs are there but Simon seems oblivious, he is too wound up with the care of his congregation. It seems a little mis-matched having a high-flying career woman like Penny married to Simon who in all honesty is a bit of a weed! Jenna is adorable though and is the apple of her mother’s eye.
Thankfully Penny’s best friend Helen is a real hands on capable woman .. the kind of bestie all women need. I really liked her and her character adds a lot to the story.
The new neighbours bring a little light relief, mix those with the wonderful comments from Queenie the local gossip and it’s amusing in places.
There is a running theme with Ella who comes to Pendruggan searching for her past ..
But the real emphasis has to be on Suzie .. she is the estranged sister of Penny. The author gives us plenty of insight into their childhood via flashbacks, Penny adored her father but something major causes a rift between her, Suzie and mother. I really disliked Suzie from the onset, she is such a manipulative cow, predictable in places but still addictive to read about.
The Postcard itself has a significance and that did make me blink a little.
Penny isn’t very houseproud, you will see what I mean when she does the laundry!
I became quickly absorbed in this book and it has a certain laid back charm, perfect for a holiday read so you can lose yourself in the village community. All the threads of the tale come together and tie in nicely but there is an abrupt ending which leads on very nicely to another instalment covering Ella’s story.
My thanks to Fern, the publisher and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.
I love Fern Brittan’s novels. I’ve read a couple of others of hers and I love how fresh they are. Also they’re set in the lovely county of Cornwall (where I live). I love the smattering of local accents that isn’t over the top. Her characters are brilliant too. Only one person I didn’t like (but I loved to hate her!)
Did I say I loved this book? I can’t say it often enough! 5*