Book Review: The Postcard, by Lily Graham

 She always said she’d find a way to let me know that death wasn’t the end …

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When Ivy Everton, a children’s book illustrator, moves to Cornwall to start a new life with her husband Stuart, she gets given her mother’s old writing desk, a bittersweet token from a mother who made childhood magical. 

When she clears it, she finds that the desk holds an unexpected surprise; one she wishes, in a way, that she hadn’t found, as wedged in the corner is a blank, faded postcard addressed to her, in her mother’s hand. At first, the postcard serves only to haunt her; a constant reminder of her mother’s last message, now forever silenced, and she can’t help but wonder what unwritten secret lies unsaid. 

Yet, as the days pass mysterious inexplicable things begin to happen, odd items go missing from her studio, only to reappear, ethereally transformed in the seemingly empty desk. 

Soon Ivy realises that the postcard was never really blank, it was simply waiting … waiting for her to find it. 

Part ghost story, part magical Christmas tale, The Postcard is about a love that transcends time and space to transform and heal.

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The Postcard is Lily Graham’s debut novella, and I was only too happy when she asked me to read and review it.

When I read that it was a Christmas novella and part ghost story, I was both incredibly intrigued and a little skeptical. I love a bit of paranormal reading now and again, but I do think you have to be careful to make it work in women’s fiction.

However, for me Lily’s book was not so much part ghost story as it was sprinkled with magic. What I discovered was a beautifully written and truly moving book, that had my eyes well up on several occasions.

The writing is tender and emotive, the story sweet and whimsical, and the characters loveable. I adored the relationship between Ivy and her husband Stuart, and the supporting cast were equally endearing. The book is scattered with moments ranging from sweet, moving and funny to heart-stopping and terrifying, and is sure to get your emotions going. There’s a twist that had my heart in my throat – I definitely did not see it coming!

Lily has done a fantastic job of creating a touching and beautiful Christmas book, that I thoroughly recommend this Christmas, about the love of family and raising the question: do the ones we love ever truly leave us?

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Release date: 09 December 2014
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Lily is kindly donating an e-book of The Postcard as a prize for my Christmas & Penguin Themed Giveaway, enter here today!

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Lily Graham is a writer and wellbeing features journalist. In her head she divides her time between her sprawling sea cottage in Cornwall and her pied-à-terre in Paris, in reality, she manages her country living aspirations by bringing them to life in her fiction while she lives in the city with her husband, and a bulldog named Fudge, the latter got her fiction debut as the slobbering, yet endearing inspiration behind illustrator Ivy Everton’s children’s series about a talking bulldog who solves crime in her first novella, The Postcard, a magical ghost story set in Cornwall.

She writes contemporary romance that feature drama, humour, and sometimes a bit of magic. The Postcard is her debut novella.

Visit her website at www.lilygraham.net

 

 

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