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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
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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, in particular the Genesis Research Trust. 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.
It was the cover and the blurb of this book that initially caught my eye. Obviously Fern Britton is very well-known as a TV presenter-but would her writing measure up? It was actually very good so I was pleasantly surprised. I was really pleased to find I already had a couple more of her books on my kindle, I had picked one up free a while ago, and one for 99p. Taking a look at the listings of these books, I realised they are a series, however, it didn’t seem to matter that I hadn’t read any of the others before-definitely can be read as a standalone too.
I was a little disappointed with the end section-I was expecting a big reveal but then was shouting at the book “What? Who is this mother? It ends on a cliffhanger! Does this mean you have to get the next to see what happens now?” I think she could have revealed and then continued with more in the next book. Another thing which didn’t seem too good: Has this character not changed the bedlinen from Christmas to February????!!!
A very pleasant read and I’ll be reading more.
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Firstly, this is a nice little story, with well written characters and well described settings.Read more