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A Postcard From Paris By Alex Brown

A Postcard From Paris‘A Postcard From Paris’ is the latest book in the ‘Postcard’ series by Alex Brown.

Annie Lovell is keen to put the spark back into her life and when her elderly neighbour inherits an abandoned Parisian apartment she goes to Paris to discover more. Her curiosity takes an unexpected turn on discovering a bundle of secret diaries hidden within the walls, detailing the life of a young English woman, Beatrice Crawford, who volunteered in 1916 to nurse the soldiers in the fields of France. Captivated by the romantic City of Light, Annie realises first appearances are not always as they seem. Following Beatrice’s journey from the Great War, through the Roaring Twenties and to a very different life in Nazi-occupied Paris, Annie must piece together the events from the past, if she is to fulfil the legacy that Beatrice left for her to find…

Alex is back with another story brimming with history and strong female relationships set in the most romantic city in the world.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Annie, who has been asked to go to Paris on behalf of her older friend Joan, who’s been left an apartment and shop from a deceased relative by the name of Beatrice. Unable to travel, Annie has been given the task to tidy up the apartment and the shop as they prepare to sell it. But whilst on this trip, Annie befriends two women, who like Annie are at a crossroads in their life. Maggie’s husband has died and outspoken New Yorker Kristen has just come out of a messy divorce. Both women take Annie under their skin as they delve into the elusive history of Beatrice, a mysterious British woman that has divided opinions in the city.

I adored this story, from the exquisite descriptions of the city to the dialogue between the new friends. Alex has written a beautiful story that really pulls the reader in. The characters are fabulous mix of personalities from the kind hearted Annie who’s been given a second chance at life. Her children are grown up and have flown the nest. Her daughter Phoebe is a complicated character who’s never properly got over her father deserting her family. As the story progresses, we seem Annie blossom in confidence, rediscover her passion for creativity and love. The love interest in the story is such a sweet addition to the story, Ethiene is a handsome and charismatic character that the reader instantly falls in love with.

The story is also seen through Beatrice’s perspective through letters and diary entries and this makes for fascinating reading, set during the Second World War. Beatrice is a wonderfully strong character, who wants to make a change and help people during the horrendous time and her contributions do make for tear jerking reading.

The two perspectives make for captivating reader and are weaved cleverly together.
‘A Postcard from Paris’ is a beautifully written emotional and engaging story that is filled with hope, magic and charm.

You can buy ‘A Postcard From Paris’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Cover Reveal – A Postcard From Paris By Alex Brown

A Postcard From ParisAlex Brown has revealed the beautiful cover to her second book in the ‘Postcard series’ called ‘A Postcard From Paris’.

What the back cover says –

Annie Lovell is keen to put the spark back into her life and when her elderly neighbour inherits an abandoned Parisian apartment she goes to Paris to discover more. Her curiosity takes an unexpected turn on discovering a bundle of secret diaries hidden within the walls, detailing the life of a young English woman, Beatrice Crawford, who volunteered in 1916 to nurse the soldiers in the fields of France.

Captivated by the romantic City of Light, Annie realises first appearances are not always as they seem. Following Beatrice’s journey from the Great War, through the Roaring Twenties and to a very different life in Nazi-occupied Paris, Annie must piece together the events from the past, if she is to fulfil the legacy that Beatrice left for her to find…

I absolutely adored ‘A Postcard From Italy’ so I’m looking forward to reading this one!

You can pre-order ‘A Postcard From Paris’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th April 2021.

My Writing Space – Alex Brown

Alex Brown Writers Space

Alex Brown, author of the Carrington’s series as well as her recent book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ invites us to see her writing space and what a pretty one it is!

My office overlooks woodland, but because I also live very close to the sea I often hear the soothing sound of seagulls. To the side of my desk is a vintage Dansette record player so I can listen to my beloved Northern Soul records while writing and bookcases run along one wall where I’ve recently added my new book for 2019, ‘A Postcard From Italy’.

Alex Brown Writers Space

I’m very superstitious and must light a candle and have my ‘lucky writing poncho’ close by before I start writing, you’ll see it’s currently over my chair in this hot weather, but I’ll be wearing it as soon as winter comes.

Alex Brown Writers Space

You can buy Alex’s latest book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Postcard From Italy By Alex Brown

A Postcard From Italy‘A Postcard From Italy’ is the latest book by Alex Brown.

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s. Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother. Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?

It’s been a well since I read a book by Alex Brown and I forgot how lovely it is to curl up with one of her stories and how they can transport you off to another land and forget about all your worries.

In her latest book we meet gentle and kind Grace, who’s been taken for a ride by her domineering and horrible mother called Cora and her possible boyfriend Phil, letting people walk all over her and tell her what to do, she finds solace in her job where she gathers information in a storage company. One day, she’s given the task of sorting out a storage unit belonging to a glamorous woman called Connie and she finds herself on a mission to find out what became the infamous Connie. This journey takes Grace on an adventure to Italy, where she not only uncovers Connie’s life but also finds herself looking at her own life as well, along with the help of the handsome Ellis.

I loved this book, the combination of the exotic location as well as the endearing characters made this a really good book to get stuck into. I loved Grace and often sympathised with how people treated her but as the story progresses we see her blossom and grow in confidence which is really lovely reading.

The story is seen from the perspective of both Connie and Grace which gives the story an interesting slant. Connie is wonderfully glamorous and the Italian setting adds an exotic element to the tale.

Wonderfully written and vividly picturesque, ‘A Postcard From Italy’ is romantic and heartwarming story about life discoveries and starting over. I adored it!

You can buy ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.