Hello lovely readers today’s book review is of The Postcard, by author Zoe Folbigg
Title – The Postcard
Author – Zoe Folbigg
Publisher – Aria Fiction
Set in – England, Asia
‘Heart-warming, wonderful escapism and brimming with charm. I marvelled!’ Christie Barlow
‘I absolutely LOVED this! The Note was fabulous and this follow-up was a real treat!’ Mandy Baggot
The sequel to the bestselling phenomenon The Note – based on the true story of one girl and her ‘Train Man’…
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…
Perfect for fans of One Day in December, Our Stop and Marian Keyes. The Postcard continues the once-in-a-lifetime love story that readers so took to their hearts.
The Postcard follows Maya and James who after being together for a year are going on around the world trip for a year. Maya met and fell in love with James on first sight. She first saw him on a train and fell in love at first sight, all of which is another story in the author’s previous title The Note.
In the Postcard, we see how for the first time in their relationship Maya and James spend all their time together, alone. With no work distractions and other commitments it is the first time ever since they get together, that Maya and James spend all their time together.
It is said that travelling together tests you not only as an individual but as a couple too, to the extent that it could make or break you. The story follows the couple through Asia, from a glamorous wedding to slumming it in cheap accommodations and sponsored spa weeks. Their relationship is sure tested, their personal will too is making their travels pretty interesting for the reader.
To be honest, I felt the middle part of the story boring and when you read the story you might understand what I felt. It was simply too complacent emotions wise and felt like the characters are together but alone. It was frustrating how they struggled internally especially Maya and refused to communicate with James.
There was a parallel story too which entwines with Maya and James’s story, helping it reach its climax and finally some much needed relief for the reader.
So, yes, I was happy to see their story take a new turn before they take it to the next level however it missed the mark for me as it missed the magic of the love Maya and James have for each other.
Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons.
Reviewed by Bharti