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Postcards from the Past: A Novel
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Beloved novelist Marcia Willett continues to captivate readers with her inspiring novels about family, friendship, and love.
In Postcards from the Past Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. With family and friends nearby, and their living arrangements free and easy, they seem as contented as they can be.
But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years?

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      • bioText: Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, on the day the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately her body did not develop with the classical proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service, with whom she had a son, Charles, now married and training to be a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. She has published several novels in England; A Week in Winter is the first to be published in the United States.
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      • source: Rocky Mountain News on A Week in Winter
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        "Like Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, Willett creates such fully dimensional characters that readers feel as if they should phone or e-mail them to keep in touch."

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      • source: RT Book Reviews on The Children's Hour
      • content: "Tender and moving, Willet's tale expertly weaves a family's past and present together to illustrate the strength of familial bonds. A memorable and emotional read to be savored."
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      • source: Booklist (starred review) on A Summer in the Country

      • content: "Readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending, vibrant characters, and the excellent depiction of the English countryside."
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        February 1, 2015
        In Willett's latest Cornwall cozy, a trio of aging siblings is threatened-but not enough-by their erstwhile stepbrother.Ed and Billa St. Enedoc, who live in Mellinpons, a lovingly renovated former butter factory inherited from their parents, and their half brother, Dom, who lives nearby, are all retired and settling down to a comfortable routine of tea parties, nature studies and dog walking when the postcards start arriving. These missives, postmarked in France, hail from their stepbrother, Tris, whom they haven't seen in 50 years, not since his father, Andrew, abruptly left Ed and Billa's mother, Elinor, and disappeared, along with his son. The postcards are apparently intended to goad: Ed's features an image reminiscent of a prized bicycle Tris appropriated, Billa's a dog resembling her beloved Bitser, whose euthanasia was engineered by Tris; Dom's is a reference to the fact that he is the illegitimate son of Ed and Billa's father, Harry, born of a liaison which predated his marriage. What could Tris possibly want of the St. Enedocs now? The suspense of finding out what he's up to is the book's main plot, which is not fleshed-out enough to stand on its own but must be padded with a subplot involving a 20-something university graduate, Tilly, the burgeoning IT business she runs with Navy wife Sarah and the growing affection of both young women for dishy curate Clem. Although Willett may doubt that the concerns of the older people are enough to carry the novel, in reality, Tilly's and her cohorts' predicaments seem banal and dull compared to the intriguing menace of Tris and the conflicted childhood memories he evokes. Willett's determination to portray each character fairly and compassionately causes her to paint herself into a narrative corner: By allowing Tris a voice and evoking sympathy for him, she attenuates his power as the antagonist, thereby weakening the conflict and guaranteeing an anticlimactic denouement. Once again (as in The Courtyard, 2007), a potentially intriguing fictional family history is smothered by excessive niceness.

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        March 15, 2015

        Willett excels at writing warm multigenerational family sagas that move forward with a bit of spiritual guidance and are steeped in the history of a place. In this title, Billa, her brother Ed, and half-brother Dom have returned to their childhood homes in Cornwall, England, to live out their retirement years with their dogs in an idyllic small town along the coast. Their peaceful lives are shattered when menacing postcards start arriving from Tris, who was briefly their evil stepbrother. Amid the tension of waiting to find out what Tris has in store for them, they enjoy visits from Dom's goddaughter Tilly and his grandson Harry. Tilly's computer work brings new friends together among this surrogate family and even introduces her to an unlikely new love interest while all the pieces of the story fall into place as they should. VERDICT This novel works well as a stand-alone, but those who've read the author's Christmas in Cornwall will be thrilled to revisit Clem and Jakey and the nuns of Chi-Meur as a new chapter in their lives unfolds. The title is sure to appeal to those missing Maeve Binchy, but Nancy Thayer and Debbie Macomber fans will find much to like also.--Melissa DeWild, Kent Dist. Lib., Comstock Park, MI

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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In Postcards from the Past Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. With family and friends nearby, and their living arrangements free and easy, they seem as contented as they can be.
But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years?

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