Monday, November 23, 2020

Postcards From a Stranger by Imogen Clark

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 348
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  A secret lies buried at the heart of her family—but it can’t stay hidden forever.

When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew.

The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer’s and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they’re letting on.

Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents’ troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she’d expected—because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying . . .


Kritters Thoughts:  Cara has lived with her father in the same home her entire life.  She now works from the home making beautiful wedding dresses and is taking care of an ailing father.  With her father battling Alzheimer's she is prompted to find things that could comfort her father and to the attic she goes.  Finding a box that she has never noticed and finds some interesting postcards really starts the story going . . . 

The thing that I loved most in this book was that both Cara and Annie had the opportunity to tell their stories.  Cara was telling her story in the present day while Annie was taking it into the past to tell her story.  It took a moment to find out where the stories overlapped and the minute I found out, I appreciated each storyline even more.  

This book had a typical trope that is used in books like these where the older figure is going through a mental episode that keeps them from explaining something that the younger generation has found with secrets from the past.  I have read so many books where this takes place and I could be burnt out at this moment from these books, but I still love the concept where a young generation finds something and has to go figure out the truth.  

I enjoyed this book, but didn't completely love it.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
 Ebook 2020 Challenge: 37 out of 100


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