Postcards From The Past By Marcia Willett
‘Postcards From The Past’ is the latest book by Maria Willett.
Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With family and friends nearby and their free and easy living arrangements, life seems as content as can be.
But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years?
This is the first book that I have read by Marcia and even I though I enjoyed the book, I did find myself thinking that the synopsis of the book was a bit deceptive. I was preparing myself a dark tale of lies and intrigue and instead found myself reading about a group of people starting new lives.
The story is seen from the perspective of many people but is primarily about brothers Ed and Dom and their sister Billia, who after years of absence start to receive sinister postcards from their stepbrother Tris, who left many years ago when they were children. The four of them never got on and Tris was cruel to them many times, so when he sends the postcards saying that he will see them soon, they all immediately are on edge as to why he is suddenly reappearing in their lives.
The story then flashes between the past and present as they reflect on why there is such ill feeling between them all.
Throughout the book, there are a few smaller sub stories. Tilly, who is a friend of Dom’s and is staying with him whilst she gets her life in order and works with her Sarah, who has set up a business called U-Connect, that helps elderly people adapt to new technology, with texting and emails. Tilly adapts to this role tremendously, with her patience and kind nature, she is heavily in demand. But when she meets Clem, the new pastor, the two of them begin a tentative new relationship as he is a widower with a little boy, the scenes with the two of them are quite tender as they get to know each other. Sarah is also a fiery character, a busy mum of two, she struggles whilst her husband is away and is envious of Tilly’s carefree life. The bad boy of the story is also interesting, as we see him return to his old life and we are kept guessing until the very end as to why he has reappeared.
An entertaining story that I really enjoyed, ‘Postcards From The Past’ is an enchanting tale of friendship, love and old ghosts.
You can buy Postcards from the Past from Amazon and is available from good bookshops.