Wednesday 26 February 2014

Review - Postcards from the Past by Marcia Willett


Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

As always Marcia Willett conjures up the spirit of family in this story which focuses on secrets from the past. Siblings Ed and Billa share their beautiful childhood home in the fictional village of Peneglos in Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated, filled with small pleasures of family and friendship but when mysterious postcards start to arrive from someone who once cause ripples of unrest, both Billa and Ed find that life is about to get rather more complicated.

Readers of Marcia Willett’s previous books will, of course, recognise the beautiful Cornish setting about which she writes so eloquently and it was nice to see characters from her previous book, The Christmas Angel, make an appearance. However, for me this book seemed to be lacking in impetus and for a time the story didn’t seem to be going anywhere important. As always the glory of Cornwall comes alive and there some nice touches which help to link the present and the past but overall the story felt a little bit tired as if the formula has been reworked too many times.

My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Uk, Transworld Publishers for my copy of this book

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