Book Review: The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg

The Postcard

I’d seen this on Netgalley and it really appealed – but I realised it was a sequel, and I am a dyed in the wool rule follower – so went on a hunt for ‘The Note’ first!  I found it for free on Amazon and so quickly devoured – and enjoyed that first.  Now here is the blurb for The Postcard:

“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… “

I read the first chapter and was completely confused and thought I’d been hoodwinked – as it was seemingly totally random!  However, it soon became evident that there were two stories running concurrently which I suspected would link up further on (which they did!)

As well as following Maya and Train Man’s story, and the story of Manon (the one I thought had hoodwinked me!) it also follows the story of Maya’s BFF, Nena, back in London who is starting life as a mother.  The inter connection of them all was done really well (and whilst I know the story of Maya and Train Man is true to life – I wondered how much of this, and the interconnecting stories, was too?)

The descriptions of places on Maya and James’s travels was great – and really evoked the feeling of being there (even if ‘there’ involved self administered colonics!!!) but equally Nena’s story – drowning in life with a newborn – was also really believable.

As with the first book in the series, it was an easy read that kept me intrigued and wanting to read on and I enjoyed it.

I was lucky enough to be given an advanced review copy from Netgalley – but you can buy this later this week!  (But I would recommend reading The Note first to appreciate The Postcard fully)

My 7 year old always asks what I’m reading – and so she knows it’s been The Note followed by The Postcard – so she’s been coming up with suggestions for the next book in the series – The Piece of Paper, The Book etc etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Note by Zoe Folbigg

The Note

 

I’d seen the book ‘The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg’ on Netgalley – but on further investigations saw this was a sequel to The Note – and I am a bit of a rule follower #understatement – so it didn’t seem right to start at the second book.  I hopped onto Amazon – and saw I could borrow it for free – so 2 books for nothing – on to a winner!!

Here’s the blurb:

“Love at first sight – based on the true story of one girl and her ‘train man’…
One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably that he is The One.   Every day they go through the same routine; he with his head in a book and her dreaming of their happily-ever-after. But eventually, Maya plucks up the courage to give Train Man a note asking him out for a drink.
And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it. Based on the true story that everyone is talking about, The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything… “

This is a lovely, easy, inoffensive read.  It follows the story of Maya and her friends and family – and ‘Train Man’! It twists and turns, and there are lots of ‘sliding doors’ moments – but it’s enjoyable throughout.  Given it’s based on a true story, and the author’s Amazon page says she now lives with Train Man and their kids – you kind of know it’s got to come good – but it certainly takes a convoluted way to get there!!

It was a fun, escapist read.  It’s not going to win any literary awards – but sometimes it’s good to read something light and fluffy that does exactly what it says on the tin.  And it was free from Amazon library or something (I am such a technophobe sometimes) so that’s got to be good!!

A perfect summer beach read.