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The Postcard

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That is how good I think the writing is - when you want to throttle a particular character on one page and sweep up another into a hug on the next. Fern Britton is very good at describing the personalities of her characters and I like that she makes it possible for her readers to get to know them through and through. I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of this book, I have read all of Fern Britton's novels and really enjoyed them. Britton may have background in journalism, which does give her a bit of a head start but nevertheless I found this book quite pleasing. She's come back to Pendruggan to savour her childhood memories, yet she quickly became a well-loved character of mine.

However, the setting of 'The Postcard' didn't bother me this time as it wasn't the main focus of the storyline. She also featured in the first two series of The Brian Conley Show and in 1994, Fern Britton went onto present the famous television cookery game show, Ready Steady Cook. While i really did enjoy the story, I found the character Penny and her negative behaviour put me off reading. Greer has been in love with Jesse Behenna since her first day at school and she’s determined that one day, they’ll be married. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.

Fern, My Story was published in November 2008 by Michael Joseph and it ranked among the Top Ten Bestseller list by The Sunday Times. i must fight the impulse that leads me to think that i will enjoy a book because it is set in Cornwall. One small criticism: as I was nearing the end of the book there were a lot of quite dramatic events – I was almost reading through my fingers! She was previously a big name in a tv production and is now trying to adapt to a more ‘mundane’ lifestyle. She knows she should be happy, but she can't help feeling drained and out of sorts since she had Jenna.

The author gives us plenty of insight into their childhood via flashbacks, Penny adored her father but something major causes a rift between her, Suzie and mother. I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it. I loved the characterisation, and can see that some of her books continue the story of the different people in the village. We very soon get the feeling that such a busy, multifaceted life is taking its toll on the usually sweet natured Penny as she becomes short tempered and snappy towards those closest to her and she is eventually diagnosed with post natal depression. Greer Clovelly seems to have it all: beautiful, chic and slender, she’s used to getting her own way.The new neighbours bring a little light relief, mix those with the wonderful comments from Queenie the local gossip and it’s amusing in places. For anyone who suffers depression all the signs are there but Simon seems oblivious, he is too wound up with the care of his congregation. Without giving anything away regarding Penny's past, let me just say that the unwelcome visitor annoyed me in many ways.

Alongside the present day story we also have chapters interspersed which describe Penny’s childhood and her very close relationship with her father which give us a background detail on how Penny came to be the strong independent character we find living in Cornwall, and explains a lot about why she is less than welcoming when her estranged sister comes back into her life after such a long time.As a distraction, she finds herself drawn to the village’s new Doctor, but he isn’t quite the charmer than he seems, as new arrival, Ella, is about to find out. It was good to see that Penny had so many supportive friends and family to help her through such a difficult time.

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