Written by Zoe Folbigg
‘Heart-warming, wonderful escapism and brimming with charm. I marvelled!’ Christie Barlow.
‘I absolutely LOVED this! The Note was fabulous and this follow-up was a real treat!’ Mandy Baggot.
The sequel to the bestselling phenomenon The Note – based on the true story of one girl and her ‘Train Man’…
A year after the kiss that brought them together in a snowy train-station doorway, Maya and James are embarking on another journey – this time around the world.
The trip starts promisingly, with an opulent and romantic Indian wedding. But as their travels continue, Maya fears that ‘love at first sight’ might not survive trains, planes and tuk tuks, especially when she realises that what she really wants is a baby, and James doesn’t feel the same.
Can Maya and James navigate their different hopes and dreams to stay together? Or is love at first sight just a myth after all…
Perfect for fans of One Day in December, Our Stop and Marian Keyes. The Postcard continues the once-in-a-lifetime love story that readers so took to their hearts.
Not One I Clicked With
Whilst this is a likeable enough story, I never really got into it. Why? Not sure, but I wonder if it’s because it’s so long since I read the previous novel?
Continuing on from the bestselling ‘The Note’ – which, I have to say I enjoyed very much – we find ourselves back with Maya and James, now living together and life has moved on for both of them. What starts as a trip to India to attend a wedding morphs into a year long back-packing trip after Maya persuades James round to her way of thinking. Whilst this is foremost the details of that trip, the book also jumps back and forward quite a bit.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this novel for weeks; working towards it on my spreadsheet and, yes, getting a little excited the closer I got. However, the latest versions of James and Maya just didn’t click with me the way they had in the first book and I found myself on the back foot from the very beginning. I tried to get into the rhythm of the story but couldn’t quite manage to make the connection to the previous book. However, I don’t give up easily and whilst it’s a nice read it just didn’t do it for me. I know others have loved it, so I’m the one out of step here. I don’t expect to love every book I read; perhaps if I had approached this as a stand-alone I may well have got more from it. Having given it considerable thought, I’m happy to give it 3.5 stars.
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for including me in this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romance, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 280 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 1 August 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- W. H. Smith
Zoe Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Sante, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons.