The Postcard

Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels: A Seaside AffairThe Holiday HomeHidden Treasures, New Beginnings and A Good Catch. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won Fern legions of loyal readers. Fern is likely best known for her years co-presenting ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning with Philip Schofield. An iconic presenter, she is also hugely popular for her earlier hits like Ready Steady Cook, and All Star Mr and Mrs, as well as being a much-loved contestant in 2012’s Strictly Come Dancing. She recently presented The Big Allotment Challenge for BBC2 in 2014 and again for its second series in 2015, as well as For What It’s Worth, an antiques-based quiz show on BBC1.

Fern lives with her husband, Phil Vickery, and her four children in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall.   To find out more, connect with her @Fern Britton and                                                                              

The POSTCARD: Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.

Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.


Incredibly atmospheric’ Sun


‘Another ripping good read’ Good Housekeeping


‘A light-hearted, fun read…’ Daily Mail


‘A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life’ Heat



‘Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page’ Good Housekeeping


My Review

Having read and enjoyed a few of Fern's books I can say that this is my favourite so far. From the start I felt sucked into Penny's life as she deals with post-natal depression. There are lots of questions left to be answered throughout the book as we are drip-fed information about her parents and sister. The reader has to wonder what caused Penny to want nothing more to do with her sister and i found myself holding my breath as her sister reappears on the scene and slowly inveigles herself into Penny's life. The suspense is very well done as is the way the reader is encouraged to lean first one way ad then the other. There is a bit of a shock moment when Penny discovers the old photo in the briefcase bringing her sister's motive seriously into question. The back story of Ella also adds more interest and I like the way this story concluded; neat without necessarily being obvious. A lovely summer read.


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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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