2002, Australia: When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to "Desmond" among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She soon embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans and into the past....
1930's, London: Caroline grew on a secluded Scottish estate with her "Aunt" Phoebe. Now, the shocking realisation that Phoebe is actually her mother fuels a rebellious streak in Caroline, who elopes to Cairo to get married. But her marriage quickly turns sour and leads to an affair with an old lover, and to a baby boy, Desmond. With her personal life in tatters and WWII approaching, she volunteers as a secret agent, smuggling valuable information into Europe for the British government.
When Caroline finally returns from the war, Desmond is gone; he was secretly taken to Australia by his nanny years before. Will Caroline be able to track him down? And how will her journey to find her son lead to Melissa's mission to uncover her father's past?
©2014 Leah Fleming (P)2014 Simon & Schuster UK
Born 1949, living in outback New South Wales, Australia.
I have listened many times to this book in its entirety. My memory is not as it was last week and I had a lot of questions which are all answered in their context. I find it useful to have some background in order to catch all the clues. So, to me, a second listen is often crucial. How often do we sabotage ourselves in order to pass blame to others? How often do we wonder, "What if..." No doubt I will listen to this book again one day. The reader is excellent.
This book is laden with clichés, both in narrative and plot. However, the narrator is excellent so, all told, it's worth a listen whilst going about other activities - since it doesn't require full attention and one can be distracted for several minutes and still catch on to the story.
So depressing. One occurrence after another of missteps. Didn't feel good at the end. It was okay but not something I would recommend.
"If you like Kate Morton"
If you like Kate Morton (The Forgotten Garden), you'll love The Postcard. Complex family saga spans four generations from post WWI Britain to present day Australia. Excellent narration.
Beautiful story and narrator told in a beautiful voice. The story is relived of three generations of female voices, affected by family secrets, war, love and loss.
"intriguing historical fiction, beautifully read"
Good story with drive And intrigue, but somewhat flat And disappointing ending. Very good performance with good pace And accents
"Wonderful story that draws you in from 1st page"
I loved Phoebe. You could almost feel her desperation
Reared up a few times
This is a great family saga
What a story! I loved 5it all the way thru with all the characters. I loved them and hated them and got mad at them. I cryed with them and for them. I even counseled them tho they just didn't listen to me. loved the story.
"compelling story with so many layers"
loved it and would highly recommend it. stellar reader and great material, story of a wonderful family.
"Enjoyable and insightful"
The story met my expectations and I am taking something away from it. Narration was good
Very glad Caroline got to meet her granddaughter as a second chance with her relationship with her son
The decisions we made in life - may they always make us and not break us
Engaging from beginning to end, a great story, a rare find! It is one that I would listen to again.
"Well worth downloading"
The intrigue of how the story would end
Listen to calli's story to the end
First class novel
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