Synopsis: When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: My reading has taken a huge hit lately and I was struggling to get into any sort of Crime or Thriller book so eased myself back in with a lighthearted read by Mandy Baggot. Following on from that I struggled until I discovered I had missed this little gem, which was was Ali McNamara’s release last month. The cover alone was enough to draw me in to start reading and I am so glad I chose this as it was absolutely perfect!
The story starts with a sad premise as we see Ana inherit something from her dearly beloved best friend, namely a camper van. Ana has absolutely no interest in a camper van and cannot imagine why on earth her friend thought to leave it to her, however Ana is determined to follow her friend’s wishes so she makes the journey down to St Felix in Cornwall where the van is being kept.
Ana has no idea what state the van is in until she claps eyes on it and all at once she feels totally and utterly lost and confused. Thankfully the garage where it is being stored is being looked after by a guy named Malachi. Malachi manages to persuade Ana to get the van restored and as such it means she will need to stay on in St Felix while the work is taking place. At this point I have to admit I figured the story line would be pretty simple and go where I predicted it would go, however it soon took another turn with added another dimension to the story. Whilst the van is being worked on Ana and Malachi discover some postcards, LOTS of postcard and these date back to the 1950s right through until the early 2000’s.
Of course Ana decides that she needs to discover more about the mystery postcard writer to enable her to return them to their rightful owner. Along the way she meets local people all of whom add to the general charm of this story including Noah and Jess from the antiques shop. I loved how the story played out although my only one maybe criticism was the ending and where they took the Malachi line of the story I wasn’t sure quite worked for me, but that aside I absolutely loved this book. This is certainly one to pack for your Summer holidays!