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The Postcard: A magical Cornish Christmas tale by [Graham, Lily Rose]
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Length: 134 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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"If you like Mitch Albom stories this has a touch of that kind of magic, mixed with real love, laughter, and the kind of romance we all yearn for." Rebecca Raisin, bestselling author of The Gingerbread Café series.

"Fans of Cecelia Ahern will love The Postcard" Effrosyni Mouschoudi

"I rarely read a more beautiful and unique writing style than this." Isabell Homfeld, Dreaming with Open Eyes

"A beautifully written and truly moving book, that had my eyes well up on several occasions."Paris Baker, Paris Baker's Book Nook.

"Exciting, unpredictable, mystical, emotional, heart-warming, and touching with a magical twist." Gurdeep Assi, AJ Reviews

"The Postcard is a beautiful story about love, life and loss." Suzanne Smith, Librarian Lavender              

Product Details

  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Starfell Books (December 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QTWTYIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"But it was the half-finished tasks that made the breath catch in my throat. A hand-painted Christmas card, with Santa's sleigh and reindeer flying over the chimney tops, poor Rudolph eternally in wait for his little watercolour nose. Mum had always made her own, more magical and whimsical than any you could buy. My fingers shook as I held the card in my hand, my throat tight. It's little wonder I became a children's book illustrator. I put it on top of the pile, so that later I could paint in Santa's missing guiding light."

While packing up her late mother's writing desk, Ivy happens across an unfinished postcard addressed to her from her mom. After settling the desk in her new studio, Ivy experiences a number of peculiarities and makes a powerful discovery, one that helps to ease her fears and worries as she begins a new chapter in her life.

Lily Graham's debut novella is a beautifully crafted narrative of hope and second chances as told by Ivy, a children's book illustrator, who is struggling with the loss of her mother. Ivy and her husband, Stuart, have relocated from London to Cornwall in search of a more simple life. They share their country home with an assortment of pets, and Stuart's rather unfortunate penchant for varieties of vegetable jam.

Through beautiful diction, a delightful setting, and characters you can't help fall a little bit in love with, Lily Graham has created an enchanting novella: a story of loss, love and hope gently infused with a hint of magic.
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Ivy Everton is a children’s book illustrator and she still, some years later, hasn’t got over her mother’s early death from cancer. Her husband gives up his high-powered but stressful job and they move to the country where he grows fruit and vegetables and makes, sometimes weird, preserves. Ivy brings her mother’s old writing desk to her new home and finds a postcard in it. This is the catalyst for some strange, supernatural communications which renew Ivy’s hope.

I really enjoyed this novella with its unusual twists and the little glimmer of hope from the postcard. It was nicely written and drew me in to the story, which I read in just two sittings. The only downside for me was that the story ended at 85% and the rest was early chapters from a new work. I really hate this and I know I’m not the only reader to do so. With Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature, a link will suffice. I feel cheated when I think I’ve still got a fair bit of the book to read and it ends with so much ‘back-stuffing’. Don’t let that put you off the story, though. It’s very good! Just be prepared.
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This story embraced me, pulled me cozily into the characters' idyllic life in Cornwall, from the very first page. It begins slowly, sweetly, and through layers reveals more and more about the narrator, a children's book author and illustrator, and her completely adorable husband Stuart...and the sorrows they haven't allowed to come between them.

Since I prefer to let authors tell me their stories instead of reviewers, and the book description says enough, I'll just say that the sweetness is underpinned by a sense of impending tragedy, wispy at first, but the tension keeps building. And when it happened I actually gasped, because I expected something else entirely.

It's an intensely emotional story about hope, crushing loss, sweetness, and pain, and I loved every minute. Oh, and there's a ghost.

The only things I could possibly criticize are the endearingly haphazard use of commas, and the occasional breaking of a current rule about first person POV descriptions. But you know what? But you know what? It's earned five stars in my book, period. And I'll eagerly await the next book from Ms. Graham.
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I was hooked by the elegant writing from the very first page. I felt I was dropped into Ivy's home, and privy to her private life. Like I was sitting at the table sipping tea while she shared her secrets. This would have to be one of the sweetest books I've read in a long time. A few twists and turns along the way kept me guessing. Their tree-change, their relationship, was so real, I fell in love with both of them. And the way in which Ivy mourns her mother bought tears to my eyes. I can't say much without giving anything away, but this is a perfect romantic, heat-warming read, that will also make you think about those who are left behind. If you like Mitch Albom stories (and who doesn't?!) this has a touch of that kind of magic, mixed with real love, laughter, and the kind of romance we all yearn for. Lovely.
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*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Postcard follows the story of Ivy and her husband Stuart. Ivy has just found an old postcard addressed to her, in her mother’s hand. What she doesn’t know then: The postcard has a significant message for her. I was really intrigued by the blurb and I like the idea of a part ghost story and a wonderful tale. I have to say Lily found a wonderful way to combine the two.

I can’t put the book down, because the mystery around the postcard was magical and gripping. Ivy’s mother’s voice was always with us, somehow guiding Ivy through life.

I loved reading about Stuart and Ivy, they make such a cute couple and I was just so happy for them and for what they had ahead.

On NYE Ivy awakes with a weird feeling, but nobody takes her seriously. But then she gets bad news... about Stuart. I can’t tell you more here, but let me tell you this: Her mother is involved as well.

This book is a heart-warming, touching, dramatic, sweet and memorable gem. Lily’s writing is wonderful and takes you right into Ivy’s world. The storyline is great and it includes the right amount of drama. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author.
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