Book Recommendation – Postcards by Elizabeth Maddrey

Book Description:

Turns out, my sister was serious about everything she said in that phone call.

The cancer.
The leaving.
The postcards.

So I was already struggling to figure out just what God thought He was doing. And then my boss introduced me to the guy who would be taking over the new project.

My project.

Sure, Owen’s hot. And so what if he has the world’s most impressive resume? He’s not getting my job without a fight.
And my job isn’t the only thing I’m not going to surrender.

I’m also not going to let Owen take over my heart.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Postcards by Elizabeth Maddrey, and I read it very quickly, within seven hours, because I couldn’t put it down. The story opens with Cecily on the phone with her older sister. Their parents died in a car wreck a few years ago, and Cecily lives in their childhood home. Cecily discovers her sister has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has packed up her life, and is about to cancel her phone service and embark on the trip of a lifetime for her final months.

Cecily is devastated, and I just wanted to give her a big hug. People handle grief in different ways, and Cecily’s sister promises to send her postcards from the places she visits. While all this family drama is happening, Cecily’s boss shows her how little he values her work by hiring Owen to take on the lead project management role. Cecily had earned the lead role because she did all the legwork with the client in setting up the project.

A sweet friends-to-more romance simmers along as Owen and Cecily have a number of issues to navigate during the story. Cecily is an introvert who withdraws to cope with difficult and stressful situations. I could relate to Cecily wanting to handle her grief in her own way, and I cheered for her when she stood up for herself and maintained her integrity in her professional work life.

This story could almost be categorised as women’s fiction with romantic elements. It’s written in first person single viewpoint, and it is primarily Cecily’s story. This is different to Elizabeth Maddrey’s usual writing style of third person, dual viewpoint. Elizabeth’s lovely writing voice shines through in the story.

Toward the end of the book, I understood why this romance story needed to be in Cecily’s viewpoint only, and I adored the ending. Deep seated issues, including complex family and faith issues, are addressed in the story. We reconnect with characters from Elizabeth’s Operation Romance series. I recommend Postcards to contemporary romance readers who looking for a challenging emotional story with women’s fiction story elements.

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