Set in a snow-covered Cotswolds village, The Christmas Postcards is the unmissable, spellbinding new book from the Sunday Times bestseller Karen Swan.
'The queen of destination fiction' Woman & Home
'Delicious escapism' Northern Life
The right words can change everything . . .
It had been a make-or-break holiday for their marriage, but Natasha and Rob’s rekindled romance is short-lived when their daughter’s beloved soft toy disappears on the journey home. As Natasha comforts her distraught child, she turns to social media for help. Miraculously, the toy is found, but it has become the lucky mascot of a man named Duffy, who is thousands of miles away trekking in Nepal.
When Duffy promises to keep Natasha updated with pictures, a correspondence begins that soon becomes more meaningful. Sometimes, Natasha feels this stranger half way across the world understands her more than the man lying next to her.
But as the weeks pass and Duffy heads deeper into the mountains, Natasha notices a change in him. Then one day, the messages stop. Too late, Natasha wonders why he had ever needed a lucky mascot at all.
*Readers are falling in love with The Christmas Postcards*
'I was enthralled from the first pages' – 5* reader review
'Definitely my favourite Karen Swan book so far' – 5* reader review
'The story gripped me right from the start and still hasn't let me go. I loved it' – 5* reader review
'I read this in two sittings, I literally didn't want to put the book down' – 5* reader review
'Addictive reading' – 5* reader review
The Christmas postcards
I loved this book! The story was very unpredictable and I was hooked!
Once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down. A story full of heartbreak and confusion, but the ending just right . Thank you Karen Swan.
5* Addictive reading, so good
Loved the cover, I thought the title misleading as this isn't a traditional Christmas story.
After a holiday in the Maldives, Rob and Natasha stopover in Vienna but oversleep the following morning and in a rush to catch their plane home they accidentally leave behind their daughter’s toy. Three year old Mabel is inconsolable for days. In desperation, Nat decides to use social media in an attempt to locate her daughter’s toy cow Moolah, she's shocked when her request goes viral. Duffy replies that he found Moolah in the airbnb and has taken it with him to Nepal as a good luck mascot for his travels in the Himalayas. Duffy suggests he sends Mabel photos of Moolah during the long trek in the mountains.
With the clues the author provided I was frequently far ahead of the plot, not that this spoilt my enjoyment of an excellent book.
Gripping and atmospheric. The sections when Duffy was at Annapurna were breathtakingly dramatic, can't say more or I'll give away spoilers. The Christmas Postcards was far better than I expected, this is a book to read again and again.
A compelling read and thoroughly recommended.