Postcards from the Past

Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's. Apr. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250046338. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466846517. F
Willett excels at writing warm multigenerational family sagas that move forward with a bit of spiritual guidance and are steeped in the history of a place. In this title, Billa, her brother Ed, and half-brother Dom have returned to their childhood homes in Cornwall, England, to live out their retirement years with their dogs in an idyllic small town along the coast. Their peaceful lives are shattered when menacing postcards start arriving from Tris, who was briefly their evil stepbrother. Amid the tension of waiting to find out what Tris has in store for them, they enjoy visits from Dom's goddaughter Tilly and his grandson Harry. Tilly's computer work brings new friends together among this surrogate family and even introduces her to an unlikely new love interest while all the pieces of the story fall into place as they should.
VERDICT This novel works well as a stand-alone, but those who've read the author's Christmas in Cornwall will be thrilled to revisit Clem and Jakey and the nuns of Chi-Meur as a new chapter in their lives unfolds. The title is sure to appeal to those missing Maeve Binchy, but Nancy Thayer and Debbie Macomber fans will find much to like also.
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