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Summary

A secret lies buried at the heart of her family - but it can’t stay hidden forever.

When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew.

The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer’s and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they’re letting on.

Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents’ troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she’d expected - because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying....

Revised edition: This edition of Postcards from a Stranger includes editorial revisions.

©2017, 2018 by Imogen Clark. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Spoilt by the reader

Once again I have bought an audiobook and been unable to listen to it because the reader grates on me. People who can't do accents should not try to do them. It would be better just read in a straightforward fashion.

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A sweet story

This story had heart. It started slowly- but then began to layer itself with intrigue. I like how Clarke effortlessly crosses timeline whilst keeping the story tight. The characters are well developed as well believable. Altogether a fine book .

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Very enjoyable book

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn and you know that if you met Cara you would become friends.

Lots of glimpses into peoples lives which may or may not, depending on your upbringing, bring back memories to readers,.

A real plus for me is that the ubiquitous 'F' word is never used ...
and the narrator deserves five stars of her own for her brilliant portrayals of the different characters.

I shall look out for other books by this author

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A beautiful story

This is one of the nicest stories I have listened to for a long time, I was addicted to it, couldn’t wait for the next chapter.

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Bittersweet and Emotional

Easy to understand book, not confusing even when different the story changes from the present to the past.

I totally recognise the controlling behaviour of some men. They start out like the perfect gentleman and then their true colours slowly shine through. There are 3 such men in this tale with each woman dealing with them differently.

The crux of the story involves children and how the father of the main character acts when he in his head is defied by his wife and how his behaviour impacts on the life of his children because of a massive secret that when discovered years later he cannot be asked any questions.

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Good Read

I liked this, it was an enjoyable read but felt it was a little predictable.

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Starts out well, but slow-going

This could have been a really great book, as the premise is good. However the plot is pretty unbelievable in places (don't worry, no spoilers!). I'm struggling to get to the end of the audio book version, not helped by the grating tones of the narrator, who has the same intonation for just about every sentence, which gets pretty annoying after a very short while.

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Fabulous story

I think this is my favourite so far of Imogen Clark’s. Beautifully woven together, heartfelt story. Wonderful.

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A wonderful story of real lives

The story keeps you reading to the very last page, a truly wonderful read. Thank you

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Tender family story

Well-written, intriguing story with sympathetic characters...but I found the narrator's attempts at a Yorkshire accent quite annoying.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 24-03-20

How do these authors do it?

Amazing story. Gut wrenching. Grabbed me the whole time. I couldn’t stop listening! I went through some similar things so could relate. I got a little mixed up but relistened to the chapter and got it. I love how there were very little little foul language! Wish more authors would do that. I hate hearing low class cussing throughout books as if I was in a sleazy bar. Thank you. Great voice too.

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  • Jennifer
  • 15-04-20

Slogged through

This book plot was good however it did not grip me with character development or plot twists. It was just an ok listen and I had to remind myself to keep going and finish it. It had the potential to be great but just wasn’t.

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  • 03-04-20

Interesting storyline BUT

Interesting storyline but most of the characters are truly poorly written. The central character, Cara, and her mother are the strongest and the ones I had the most interest in understanding and/or disliking. Her brother grew on me but in the end, I felt like his character could have had more to add to the story.

I'm not sure if I'm ok with the narrator's voice with certain characters also.

I think this would have been a better novel if the characters were more complex and less cartoonish or had better dialogue. The author left out a lot of details which would have made me more sympathetic to the characters or made for a more compelling novel.

I appreciated that there was an attempt to show both and often conflicting ideas about telling lies and keeping secrets but I felt it was kinda unrealistic that the mum would take 30 years to make her presence known, especially after she sent so many postcards supposedly. Even with the legal restrictions, it didn't bode well in my realistic view.

It's not horrible and I needed something not too fluffy and not too serious, so it actually worked. But I'm not sure if I would recommend the book - need to find someone who's looking for the same criteria as I needed to complete this book.

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  • Kathryn
  • 25-01-20

Thoroughly Enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this book. While the subject matter could have been dark and depressing, it wasn’t at all. I really liked Imogen Clark’s writing style. Her characterization was outstanding. I truly cared for the characters and what happened to them. I also enjoyed Henrietta Meire’s narration. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Cleopatra
  • 05-12-19

Wonderful

The story is well written and the Henrietta’s narrative is fantastic. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Kat C
  • 14-03-20

Narration

Beautifully narrated. My first audible and this one had me hooked. Wish there were chapter summaries so when I fell asleep I could find my place - but that’s an app thing.

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  • Pamela Jean
  • 19-01-20

Great read

Enjoyed this book very much. Would highly recommend it to friends. Liked how the story ended too.

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  • Heide
  • 18-04-20

Good listen

Great listen, the ending was good and very surprising chapters which always mss as Jesus for a more interesting story. I’d like to list to more by clark

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-20

Enjoyed the story.

Really enjoyed the story, not a fan of the person narrating as the various accents/dialect were not consistent. The book however kept me interested!

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  • Patti lee
  • 13-02-20

Reality and loss overcome

Honest story about how families especially children can be pawns and hurt with out knowing but it shows up anyway.

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