Book Review: The Postcard by Fern Britton

The Postcard

  • Fern Britton
  • HarperCollins
  • 2nd June, 2017
  • Woman Fiction, Chick lit

Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything . . .

Life in the Cornish village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.

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.

Escape to Cornwall this summer with Sunday Times bestseller, Fern Britton.

This book sounded like a perfect summer holiday read and I was really excited to take it with me on our boating holiday.

The Postcard promised so much: “Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything”. The question is – Does it deliver what it promises?

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. The story was confusing but yet very promising. I really wanted to like this book. Description of little village called Pendruggan made you want to live there. You could close your eyes and imagine seaside nearby…

I struggled to like main characters: Penny and her sister Suzy. Penny’s negativity and rudeness really put me down reading the story. Her husband, vicar Simon didn’t help it either and her sister Suzy just a very greedy and miserable person. I understand that all this was about very complicated family dynamics, mental health issues and just general characters, but I would appreciate if I did not need to read such misery throughout all book (four hundred odd pages!). The main characters seemed to change their personalities so quickly. If you were behaving like a whiny little bitch through all the story, do not expect me to sudden like you in the end of the book. It just will not happen.

I honestly did not understand the ending of this book. It gave no answers just more questions about what happened next. I was left wondered if that means that there could be a sequence of this book as it was left hanging?