The Postcard by Fern Britton is a contemporary story surrounding two sets of siblings and secrets from the past. It was a wonderful entertaining read that had my pulse rising as I read towards the conclusion.
Families can be messy affairs – a melting pot for jealousy, hurt feelings and sibling rivalry. This is explored within the pages of The Postcard.
Everyone has secrets. Secrets can become a burden over time. They need to be shared or they will break the person carrying them, with their weight.
The novel delved into the topic of mothers. They come in different forms and can make or mar a child. There are several within the book.
There are the difficult topics of post natal depression, suicide and mental illness. They are sensitively presented. I think all Mums will be able to identify with the feelings of overwhelming love for our newborns coupled with tears and feelings of unable to cope, whilst trying to present a composed front to the world. The main character really came alive for me as I empathised completely.
Set in a small village in Cornwall, the novel was warm and welcoming. There were an eclectic mix of characters who endeared themselves to the reader. It was a pleasure to get to know them.
This was my first novel by Fern Britton and I enjoyed it immensely. I just could not put it down. I ‘felt’ very much included in the novel and was sorry to see it end.
A feel-good community read.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.