Postcards From a Stranger

Postcards From a Stranger

Imogen Clark / Jul 19, 2019

Postcards From a Stranger 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

  • Title: Postcards From a Stranger
  • Author: Imogen Clark
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  • Page: 423
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  • 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 sinkin

    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 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

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with a cruel father Annie meets Joe while riding the bus to from her job and marries him and has two children Michael and Cara Cara is the main voice in the book And there is her best friend, Beth less flag See 1 question about Postcards From a Stranger Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jun 03, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves general fiction, kindle, read summer 18 A charming story about family Cara, a wedding dress designer lives with her elderly father, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer s She was always led to believe her mother died when she was 2 years old, and her upbringing was a little neglectful It s only when she discovers dozens of postcards in the attic from her mother, sent years after her death that she realises her mum may still be alive, and tries to hunt her down.The only thing I didn t like about this novel was how negatively it por A charming story about family Cara, a wedding dress designer lives with her elderly father, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer s She was always led to believe her mother died when she was 2 years old, and her upbringing was a little neglectful It s only when she discovers dozens of postcards in the attic from her mother, sent years after her death that she realises her mum may still be alive, and tries to hunt her down.The only thing I didn t like about this novel was how negatively it portrayed nearly all the men Cara s father was obsessively stuck in his ways at best, her grandfather downright abusive, her brother emotionally distant and her best friend s fiance is very controlling Only her love interest faired well, but he was a bit of a non entity for me.I liked that the novel didn t go for the easy, predictable twist at the end view spoiler making Mrs P Cara s father , but things were wrapped up a little too nicely at the end I also liked that Annie was the one who had an affair and ran away Given how poorly Joe had been portrayed up until that point, it was refreshing to see that she was actually the bad guy who had the affair Even though she always seemed scared of her husband s reactions, he always seemed affable enough in the flashbacks to me At least that was my reading of it, perhaps I m not being fair to Annie hide spoiler The relationships between most of the characters seemed believable enough I enjoyed Cara and Beth s strong friendship It was easy to see that they d been friends their whole lives, and Cara s concerns about Beth s fiance, and the way she approached them seemed very realistic Michael and Cara too portrayed a realistic distant sibling bond.Overall,it was a very nice read flag 49 likesLike see review Aug 24, 2018 Ingrid rated it really liked it This book is about controlling people s lives and about bullying But also about regret and forgiveness.Cara looks after her demented father and one day, when she goes up to the attic where she was never allowed to go, she finds hundreds of postcards addressed to her and her brother She tries to find out what s been hidden from her for all these years flag 37 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 04, 2018 Shalini rated it liked it This was a light breezy read though the topic was definitely a deep one Cara finds postcards in the trunk which opens up the proverbial can of worms Trying to decipher and get to the bottom of her parents marriage and what really happened decades ago causes Cara to travel to the United States and then back to London till a funeral brings the past to the present.The author Imogen Clark has tried to bring twists and suspense and a sense of family to this clearly difficult topic of bullying in a This was a light breezy read though the topic was definitely a deep one Cara finds postcards in the trunk which opens up the proverbial can of worms Trying to decipher and get to the bottom of her parents marriage and what really happened decades ago causes Cara to travel to the United States and then back to London till a funeral brings the past to the present.The author Imogen Clark has tried to bring twists and suspense and a sense of family to this clearly difficult topic of bullying in a marriage and life in the 80 s where women were not allowed to work But the novel did not touch the depths of emotions that I should have ideally felt It did tell the story from different viewpoints and in different timelines I could understand the problems women go through in this story, we still have those in my country There was a definite struggle even where there was supposedly freedom All the men were atrocious and controlling in the entire book, they were typecasted.Friendships and relationships were shown, but I couldn t connect to any of the characters So for me it was a 2 hour read in between my thrillers to divert my mind though this could have been a real family saga had it just allowed feelings to seep into the pages.Overall, I enjoyed parts of it, but I couldn t really immerse myself into the story flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 publication, kindle, netgalley I had been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it on It appealed to my love of history and how circumstances can change people s lives Postcards from a Stranger certainly fit my criteria The story is about a family whose mother presumably past away when Cara and her brother were very young The father was left with 2 children to raise He tried his best, but had one rule They must never enter the attic The children never did Now the father is old and his health I had been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it on It appealed to my love of history and how circumstances can change people s lives Postcards from a Stranger certainly fit my criteria The story is about a family whose mother presumably past away when Cara and her brother were very young The father was left with 2 children to raise He tried his best, but had one rule They must never enter the attic The children never did Now the father is old and his health is deteriorating from Alzheimer s disease Cara is his caretaker She enters the attic feeling guilty looking for an object, but finds a box of postcards from an unknown person She believes them to be from her mother, but she s been told that her mother is dead And the story takes off from there This book was thoroughly enjoyable and I read it in 2 days However, I felt pulled along through Cara s journey The book was occasionally slow and a little ponderous Thank you to NetGalley, Publishing UK and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this novel flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 13, 2018 Bonnye Reed rated it really liked it Shelves read 2018, kindle or pdf GNab Postcards from a Stranger is an excellent story, wrapped around a disjointed, broken family, their decisions and choices and the repercussions of those choices for years and generations to follow It is a story to warm your heart I will watch for from Imogen Clark I really like her style And I love her definition of mother I received a free electronic copy of this modern British novel from Netgalley, Imogen Clark, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review Thank GNab Postcards from a Stranger is an excellent story, wrapped around a disjointed, broken family, their decisions and choices and the repercussions of those choices for years and generations to follow It is a story to warm your heart I will watch for from Imogen Clark I really like her style And I love her definition of mother I received a free electronic copy of this modern British novel from Netgalley, Imogen Clark, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me pub date August 7, 2018Lake Union Publishing flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 07, 2018 Elizabeth rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Unfortunately, this didn t work for me I went into the book thinking it would be a breath taking, edge of your seat kind of read but it just wasn t I found myself skimming a lot because there was so much unnecessary information The big reveal wasn t really anything too awesome and it was completely predictable I felt no connection to the characters and actually ended up hating Cara because she was really annoying flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Mary Thomas rated it really liked it Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.This is a poignant and emotional tale of family secrets and lies A controlling father and a distant brother and a dutiful daughter make up the family dynamic Cara is the daughter who struggles to juggle her wedding dress business whilst caring for her father who suffers with Alzheimers.I loved Cara, her gentleness and her artistic ability, her relationship with her best friend and the way she saw the best in people I will definitely look for books by this Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.This is a poignant and emotional tale of family secrets and lies A controlling father and a distant brother and a dutiful daughter make up the family dynamic Cara is the daughter who struggles to juggle her wedding dress business whilst caring for her father who suffers with Alzheimers.I loved Cara, her gentleness and her artistic ability, her relationship with her best friend and the way she saw the best in people I will definitely look for books by this talented author flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 14, 2018 Renita DSilva rated it really liked it review of another edition Beautiful, poignant Loved this flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Hannelore Cheney rated it it was amazing review of another edition Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union for the eARC.What a lovely book this isheartbreaking and sweet, with a great ending I didn t see coming.The story is told from different perspectives and in different timelines by members of the same family Cara, believing her mother died when she was 2 years old, is now in her 30 s and looking after her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s The way her feelings are described is very realistic the irritation, the guilt, the claustrophobia and the love Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union for the eARC.What a lovely book this isheartbreaking and sweet, with a great ending I didn t see coming.The story is told from different perspectives and in different timelines by members of the same family Cara, believing her mother died when she was 2 years old, is now in her 30 s and looking after her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s The way her feelings are described is very realistic the irritation, the guilt, the claustrophobia and the love all mixed up together Michael, her brother, lives away in London and never got along with the father, so isn t any help At her wit s end, she hires a carer, Mrs P, who is an absolute treasure.When she finds postcards that seem to have been sent after her mum s death, she slowly realizes her father lied about her mother being dead all these years This sends her on a quest, driven to find the truth.The men in the story are all quite authoritarian and the women react by tamping down their emotions, ending up and insecure To me it was a sign of the timesI remember my grandparents and parents having similar relationships and I myself sympathized with Cara, even when I wanted her to suck it up, because I totally understood where she was coming from Our family upbringing can affect us for the rest of our lives for good or bad.A must read, I highly recommend this book flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Joanne Corkett rated it it was amazing I really got into this book I think it was mainly a sense of empathy for a character whose life, like mine, had changed due to caring responsibilities for a Dad Although there the similarities ended, but I was drawn in by the cleverly woven patchwork of the story over three generations of down trodden women However, and for a reason I can t put my finger on I was a little disappointed by the ending Maybe it s because everything seemed to get neatly tied up and the world was rosy, which felt I really got into this book I think it was mainly a sense of empathy for a character whose life, like mine, had changed due to caring responsibilities for a Dad Although there the similarities ended, but I was drawn in by the cleverly woven patchwork of the story over three generations of down trodden women However, and for a reason I can t put my finger on I was a little disappointed by the ending Maybe it s because everything seemed to get neatly tied up and the world was rosy, which felt a little too predictable and convenient Still definitely worth several hours of my time and definitely one of the best books I ve read this year flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2018 Laura Turner rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs proofs, ebooks read, netgalley All my reviews can be found on my blog a read Such an emotional rollercoaster This is my first read by Imogen Clark and she writes in such a way that the story sucks you in, consumes you and makes you feel you re actually a part of it Her writing style flows easily, willing you into a plethora of emotions that could quite easily be your own life I ve laughed and I ve cried so much This could be you, or it could be me I can t help but think that All my reviews can be found on my blog a read Such an emotional rollercoaster This is my first read by Imogen Clark and she writes in such a way that the story sucks you in, consumes you and makes you feel you re actually a part of it Her writing style flows easily, willing you into a plethora of emotions that could quite easily be your own life I ve laughed and I ve cried so much This could be you, or it could be me I can t help but think that this isn t fiction I wonder how many events such as this has actually happened in real life because I m sure it will have.So, the storyline Cara has spent her entire life thinking her mother is dead Her father told her so and it s her father, she s bound to believe him, who wouldn t However, he has lied and now he has Alzheimer s, severely When Cara comes across a box of postcards in the loft all bearing the same message marked from T a whole boatload of questions are raised but who can answer them As she travels to San Francisco in search for the truth, will she find it Who knows, you will have to read Postcards from a Stranger to find out Now, what I need to do is put my box of tissues away and move on to another book before I begin thinking about Postcards from a Stranger too much I ll cause my blood pressure to rise and turn myself into an emotional wreck Well done Imogen, a fantastic read flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2017 Lesley rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction This began well but then became trite and shallow Almost all women are wonderful or have redeeming qualities, while the men, apart from Simeon, are most unappealing At least it was only 99p on Kindle flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 02, 2018 Carole Price rated it did not like it BoringI thought that this book was going to be full of mysteries and secrets but to be quite honest once Cara met her Aunt in America the book became extremely boring flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, netgalley Postcards from a stranger Imogen Clark postcards from a stranger NetgalleyCara grows up without a mother Her mom died when she was little Her dad and brother take care of her She is forbidden to look in the attic, her dad said its too dirty up there.One day as an adult, while caring for her dad who has alzheimers, she starts going through the stuff in the attic She stumbles upon a box of postcards.Who wrote them and why did her dad keep them This takes her on a journey filled with secrets re Postcards from a stranger Imogen Clark postcards from a stranger NetgalleyCara grows up without a mother Her mom died when she was little Her dad and brother take care of her She is forbidden to look in the attic, her dad said its too dirty up there.One day as an adult, while caring for her dad who has alzheimers, she starts going through the stuff in the attic She stumbles upon a box of postcards.Who wrote them and why did her dad keep them This takes her on a journey filled with secrets relatives she never knew existed, and a huge family secret is revealed.It kept me turning the pages wanting to find out the secret I was well blown away with the big reveal and I look forward to reading her other booksanks to netgalley for letting me have an advanced ereader copy of the book and the publisher and author flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Danyelle Buller rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was easy to read The author has a lovely writing style I really enjoyed I found the plot to be a bit predictable, but there s nothing wrong with that if you enjoy the story telling The characters all fell a bit flat for me though and I really despised the feeling that women are born to be mothers and once you re a mother that s the only thing that matters The feeling I got from this book is that, in the end, all a woman needs is to get married, have children and make their husban This book was easy to read The author has a lovely writing style I really enjoyed I found the plot to be a bit predictable, but there s nothing wrong with that if you enjoy the story telling The characters all fell a bit flat for me though and I really despised the feeling that women are born to be mothers and once you re a mother that s the only thing that matters The feeling I got from this book is that, in the end, all a woman needs is to get married, have children and make their husband happy Annie s mistake was that she married an abusive man, not that she got married Overall it wasn t a terrible read but some parts left a very sour taste in my mouth flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Cristina rated it really liked it lovely discovery through a friend who was reading it charming book, so engaging from the very first words Well written, never dull The main character Cara is so real, you just want to cheer for her and tell her that everything will be ok.My only negative comment is about the ending SPOILER why does she need to find a husband and have a child to be happy I mean, this is a woman who leaves the comfort of her home and flies to San Francisco to discover the truth about her family s past an lovely discovery through a friend who was reading it charming book, so engaging from the very first words Well written, never dull The main character Cara is so real, you just want to cheer for her and tell her that everything will be ok.My only negative comment is about the ending SPOILER why does she need to find a husband and have a child to be happy I mean, this is a woman who leaves the comfort of her home and flies to San Francisco to discover the truth about her family s past and at the end she goes home and marries the guy I mean sure, who is against a marriage, but really the ending felt a bit rushed, especially compared to the entire story which was slow and very well developed The mother who comes back has just one scene and disappears I would have ended right there at the church with the mother coming back and also explaining where she has been flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 24, 2017 Christine Moore rated it it was amazing review of another edition Review of PostcardsThis book has all the ingredients for a really enjoyable read it is well written, the plot keeps up the tension throughout, it was believable and it addressed a few issues along the way without being too obvious about it.Cara is the first person narrator who is caring for her aging father who has early onset Alzheimer s I felt immediately engaged with Cara and her situation and how she would manage We discover how she came to her current circumstances through a series of ch Review of PostcardsThis book has all the ingredients for a really enjoyable read it is well written, the plot keeps up the tension throughout, it was believable and it addressed a few issues along the way without being too obvious about it.Cara is the first person narrator who is caring for her aging father who has early onset Alzheimer s I felt immediately engaged with Cara and her situation and how she would manage We discover how she came to her current circumstances through a series of chapters that look back in time from various points of view Each chapter adds something to our understanding whilst frequently presenting fresh mysteries too Cara takes action and sets out on a literal voyage to track down her past The changes in time and point of view are kept under control, so to speak, so the reader isn t put off or lost to the plot by being unsure about the basic who, why, when and where The mysteries and puzzles are set against a clear backdrop so that the reader s energies are focussed on the central theme This skilful construction made it a book that was hard to put down I was riveted I wanted to follow every twist and turn of the story to the end Where does Cara s brother, mother, father, aunt etc fit in What did they know what really happened I don t want to spoil such a good story by giving away too much of the plot so I ll leave it at that I would recommend it as a very good read flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Stephen Bentley rated it it was amazing My review of Postcards from a Stranger Kindle Edition by Imogen Clark Let s get the clich s out of the way Page turner check Unputdownable check That s all you need to know about this brilliant book Buy it Read it That s it my shortest review, ever flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Heather Conway rated it liked it It was a bit meh Quite predictable but an easy read all the same flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 01, 2017 Kelly Janikowski rated it it was amazing review of another edition So goodI will definitely be reading books from this author again Intelligent and thoughtful with some twists Really well written and I would highly recommend it flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 30, 2018 MetLineReader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, arcs A really enjoyable read despite the daily struggles that Cara faces in dealing with her elderly father and her distant brother I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Cara and Mrs P, her father s nurse I don t want to give too much away but I also loved Cara s persistence and determination to find out and track down people overseas Unlike many books, the last few chapters were a crescendo and brought the story to a satisfying conclusion rather than a rushed abrupt ending My firs A really enjoyable read despite the daily struggles that Cara faces in dealing with her elderly father and her distant brother I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Cara and Mrs P, her father s nurse I don t want to give too much away but I also loved Cara s persistence and determination to find out and track down people overseas Unlike many books, the last few chapters were a crescendo and brought the story to a satisfying conclusion rather than a rushed abrupt ending My first book from this author, I ll look out for.4 flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 21, 2017 C.J J Richardson rated it it was amazing review of another edition I found this book totally engaging from the start Cara s quest to find the truth about her family is full of twists and turns Made laugh and cry As everyone else seems to have said I just couldn t put it down Looking forward to reading further books by this author flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 08, 2017 Paula rated it really liked it review of another edition I loved this book Beautifully written and I got really caught up in Cara s journey into her past flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 22, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing Unputdownable I couldn t put this book down Kept me interested from cover to cover with totally believable characters If you have lived a life like Annie you will absolutely understand why she felt the way she did You never know what goes on behind closed doors flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 20, 2017 Karen McGuffie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Loved this flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 05, 2017 Ceecee rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed most of this book but found my interest in it waned towards the end hence 3 rather than 4 stars I think the problem for me was the end, especially when Cara finally met her mother it just didn t work for me It all seemed to finish in a bit of a rush and it didn t ring true At times it wasn t easy to read for me as I have a parent with Alzheimer s so some of what was described was distressingly familiar flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Feb 09, 2018 Angela Sandford rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction Postcards From A StrangerBy Imogen ClarkIt s books like this that makes reading a real pleasurable experience I absolutely loved everything about Postcards From A Stranger.Cara s mother died when she was just two years oldor so she s always been led to believe, but when her father gets ill with Alzheimer s Disease, Cara searches the loft and finds old postcards.uld her mother really be alive Cara can t speak to her dad, and her older brother Michael doesn t want to know So Cara goes Postcards From A StrangerBy Imogen ClarkIt s books like this that makes reading a real pleasurable experience I absolutely loved everything about Postcards From A Stranger.Cara s mother died when she was just two years oldor so she s always been led to believe, but when her father gets ill with Alzheimer s Disease, Cara searches the loft and finds old postcards.uld her mother really be alive Cara can t speak to her dad, and her older brother Michael doesn t want to know So Cara goes on a search that takes her to the other side of the world for the truth, that in retrospect is closer to home than she can ever imagine.Cara s character was very complex her emotions guarded She had a tough upbringing Her father was severely strict There was no love shown by her father her comfort was Michael A big burden for such a young boy.which in turn damaged him as well Michael left the family home as soon as his A levels were completed The relationship between Cara and her father was interesting With the onset of Alzheimer s, he was no longer the brutal father he once was Cara had lots of emotions bottled up and no one to release them to In comes Mrs P, so understanding and always there at the right moment I was hoping that Mrs P would turn out to be the elusive mother Then there was Cara s relationship with Simeon Cara thought that he had come along at the wrong time in her life, when in actual fact he turned out to come just at the right time.just when she needed a confidant Postcards From a Stranger is so jam packed full of emotions that build up and reach a crescendo by the end of the story It s fascinating to read the scene where they are all sitting in the lounge, and then the kitchen after the funeral, and Cara can t take any and has to leave the house I felt like I was intruding on the scene It was so intense and so real The author has done a fantastic job in writing this book I think Imogen also deserves acknowledgement for her portrayal of Joesph with Alzheimer s, and how it can impact and effect family life.I d wholeheartedly recommend this book and I give it 5 5 shiny bright stars flag Like see review Jul 16, 2018 Jennifer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley 2018 Loved the book from the moment I started reading it I was first drawn to the cover and ended up loving the story There s a bit of a mystery about what happened to Cara s mom Since Cara was two, she has always believed that her mom was dead She grew up with an older brother, Michael, and a father who was rather strict Cara and Michael weren t allowed to make noise while playing and the attic was forbidden Michael left the house as soon as he entered college and never looked back Cara becam Loved the book from the moment I started reading it I was first drawn to the cover and ended up loving the story There s a bit of a mystery about what happened to Cara s mom Since Cara was two, she has always believed that her mom was dead She grew up with an older brother, Michael, and a father who was rather strict Cara and Michael weren t allowed to make noise while playing and the attic was forbidden Michael left the house as soon as he entered college and never looked back Cara became a wedding dress designer and lives at home Cara finds a box in the attic full of postcards from her mom A mom that is supposed to be dead Cara can t ask her dad about them because he is suffering from Alzheimer s Cara knows her mom must be alive and goes on a search to find her or at least the truth about why she abandoned her children Cara travels to San Francisco to meet an aunt she never knew existed My favorite parts were reading about Cara and her quest to find her mom I wanted to feel bad for Annie, but she made so many bad choices To get away from her dad she goes straight into the arms of someone exactly like him Tilly was one of the worst choices she made Where was Annie when Cara turned eighteen Cara and Michael acted the opposite of what I thought they would at the end of the funeral Michael discouraged Cara from looking for their mom Throughout the whole book I was hoping Mrs P would turn out to be Cara s long lost mom All signs pointed that Beth made a terrible mistake by getting married He seemed so controlling My favorite part is when she bought the dog and refused to sell her cottage I loved the story, characters and writing style I definitely recommend the book I look forward to reading by the author Thanks to NetGalley, Publishing UK and the author, Imogen Clark, for a free electronic ARC of this novel flag Like see review Sep 05, 2018 Sam rated it really liked it I was really absorbed reading Postcards From A Stranger Cara is a very talented maker of wedding dresses She has a lovely best friend called Beth She is also a bit of a wallflower Cara lives at home with her father, Joe, who has dementia Joe was not a loving or kind father Her mother died when Cara was two, and she and her brother lived in fear of Joe all their lives Michael has long since moved away to London, vowing to stay away until his father dies.One day, Cara goes into the attic w I was really absorbed reading Postcards From A Stranger Cara is a very talented maker of wedding dresses She has a lovely best friend called Beth She is also a bit of a wallflower Cara lives at home with her father, Joe, who has dementia Joe was not a loving or kind father Her mother died when Cara was two, and she and her brother lived in fear of Joe all their lives Michael has long since moved away to London, vowing to stay away until his father dies.One day, Cara goes into the attic where she was always forbidden to go and finds a box of postcards, each one addressed to her and her brother So begins a journey that Cara needs to see to its end.Postcards From A Stranger has many examples of toxic masculinity, and the choices it forces women to make for the sake of their family There are at least three men in this book that you cannot believe their wife chooses to stay with, but it s easy for me to say.Along the way, Cara meets a lot of strong characters, all of them women, that enrich her life And one man, later on I was very disappointed with her brother Michael He keeps a lot of secrets from Cara, mostly out of fear, and could have made her life a lot easier.All in all, this is a very good read, and would be great for a book club evening flag Like see review Dec 24, 2018 Barbara rated it really liked it This is a story about three women who were victims of bullying men and what happened in their lives Cara is the main character A wedding dress designer and sempstress by trade, at the start of the book she is looking after her father, who is suffering from increasingly severe dementia Always a difficult character, her father brought Cara and her brother up from the time their mother left their lives when Cara was two Cara had always been told by her father that her mother had died, but she f This is a story about three women who were victims of bullying men and what happened in their lives Cara is the main character A wedding dress designer and sempstress by trade, at the start of the book she is looking after her father, who is suffering from increasingly severe dementia Always a difficult character, her father brought Cara and her brother up from the time their mother left their lives when Cara was two Cara had always been told by her father that her mother had died, but she finds evidence that this may not be the case.Annie is Cara s mother The daughter of one bullying man, she married in a bid to escape the family home, only to find that the man she married was all too like her father Already damaged by her father s attitude towards her, she proves unable to cope.Beth is Cara s best friend She is about to marry a man who is showing signs of an all too controlling nature Will she end up caught in the same sort of trap as Annie and her mother did And what about Cara will she find happiness and independence from her father It s not my usual sort of read and I found it a bit slow moving to start with, but by the end I was really absorbed in the story and was quite sorry when it finished flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats 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        Bestselling author Imogen Clark writes contemporary women s fiction about the secrets that hide at the heart of the families that she creates She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and children who hopefully have no such secrets to tell Imogen s first book POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER reached the top of the Kindle Charts in both the UK and Australia Her second book THE THING ABOUT CLARE w Bestselling author Imogen Clark writes contemporary women s fiction about the secrets that hide at the heart of the families that she creates She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and children who hopefully have no such secrets to tell Imogen s first book POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER reached the top of the Kindle Charts in both the UK and Australia Her second book THE THING ABOUT CLARE will be released on 1st December Book 3 is currently under wraps but will hopefully appear next summer.Imogen initially qualified as a lawyer but after leaving her legal career behind to care for her four children, she returned to her first love books She went back to University, studying part time whilst the children were at school and graduated with a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours.Imogen s great love is travel and she is always planning her next adventure If you d like to connect then please visit her website at imogenclark where you can also download a FREE heartwarming short story, The Bucket List, when you subscribe to her email list Imogen can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Imogen Clark at Home


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    1. A charming story about family Cara, a wedding dress designer lives with her elderly father, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer s She was always led to believe her mother died when she was 2 years old, and her upbringing was a little neglectful It s only when she discovers dozens of postcards in the attic from her mother, sent years after her death that she realises her mum may still be alive, and tries to hunt her down.The only thing I didn t like about this novel was how negatively it por A [...]


    2. This book is about controlling people s lives and about bullying But also about regret and forgiveness.Cara looks after her demented father and one day, when she goes up to the attic where she was never allowed to go, she finds hundreds of postcards addressed to her and her brother She tries to find out what s been hidden from her for all these years.


    3. This was a light breezy read though the topic was definitely a deep one Cara finds postcards in the trunk which opens up the proverbial can of worms Trying to decipher and get to the bottom of her parents marriage and what really happened decades ago causes Cara to travel to the United States and then back to London till a funeral brings the past to the present.The author Imogen Clark has tried to bring twists and suspense and a sense of family to this clearly difficult topic of bullying in a Th [...]


    4. I had been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it on It appealed to my love of history and how circumstances can change people s lives Postcards from a Stranger certainly fit my criteria The story is about a family whose mother presumably past away when Cara and her brother were very young The father was left with 2 children to raise He tried his best, but had one rule They must never enter the attic The children never did Now the father is old and his health I had been wanting [...]


    5. GNab Postcards from a Stranger is an excellent story, wrapped around a disjointed, broken family, their decisions and choices and the repercussions of those choices for years and generations to follow It is a story to warm your heart I will watch for from Imogen Clark I really like her style And I love her definition of mother I received a free electronic copy of this modern British novel from Netgalley, Imogen Clark, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review Thank GNab Postcar [...]


    6. Unfortunately, this didn t work for me I went into the book thinking it would be a breath taking, edge of your seat kind of read but it just wasn t I found myself skimming a lot because there was so much unnecessary information The big reveal wasn t really anything too awesome and it was completely predictable I felt no connection to the characters and actually ended up hating Cara because she was really annoying.


    7. Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.This is a poignant and emotional tale of family secrets and lies A controlling father and a distant brother and a dutiful daughter make up the family dynamic Cara is the daughter who struggles to juggle her wedding dress business whilst caring for her father who suffers with Alzheimers.I loved Cara, her gentleness and her artistic ability, her relationship with her best friend and the way she saw the best in people I will definitely look for books by this Thanks [...]


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