Time for a couple more seasonal offerings this week. First up is The Christmas Postcards. I’ve read a couple of Karen’s Christmas themed books now and really enjoyed both of them. It really helps when you can empathise with the characters and that they are fleshed out enough to feel real.
Natasha and Rob have just been for a week in the Maldives to try and save their marriage. Rob works long hours and is always away so Natasha feels like she is raising their child on her own. Unfortunately on the way home their daughter Mabel’s favourite soft toy goes missing and all hell breaks loose. The treasured soft plushie cow, Moolah, is lost in an Air BnB in Vienna. Anyone who has spent any time with a toddler will know what a calamity something like this is.
Duffy is in Vienna on a stopover to visit a friend before he does trekking in the Himalayas. Unfortunately due to family issues she can’t make it and Duffy moves on quickly but not before finding the cow in the apartment and deciding to take her with him as a lucky mascot.
Natasha resorts to social media to try and find the treasured toy and after some celebrity reposts it finds traction and Moolah is identified as being halfway up a mountain in Tibet. Duffy promises to keep Mabel updated with photographs and emails and the correspondence between them begins to take on a lot more meaning than it should have.
There is are two timelines running through the book. One from Natasha’s hen weekend the week before the wedding and the main timeline in the present day. I did guess the twist about halfway through but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment at all. The descriptions of the conditions in Tibet are quite graphic and they may not be to everyone’s taste but personally I really like my “romance” to have a good grounding in real life.
Supplied by Net Galley and Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Oct 27 2022. 476 pages.
Categories: 4 Stars Book Review
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
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