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The Postcard by Leah Fleming
  

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One of those big family sagas spanning three generations and two very different periods. The main thrust is the war years 1930s on where our protagonist, Callie, follows a precarious path not always in the right direction. But the book starts in Australia in 2002 where Melissa is drawn to find out who her English grandmother might have been. We know the stories will link but how they do is beautifully done. Part way through we follow Desmond 1945-7 and another mystery until we end up back in 2002 and a grand conclusion that you may well have seen coming but you’ll love it.

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The Postcard by Leah Fleming

2002, Australia. When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to 'Desmond' among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She soon embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans and into the past...1930's, London. Caroline grew on a secluded Scottish estate with her 'Aunt' Phoebe. Now, the shocking realisation that Phoebe is actually her mother fuels a rebellious streak in Caroline, who elopes to Cairo to get married. But her marriage quickly turns sour and leads to an affair with an old lover, and to a baby boy, Desmond. With her personal life in tatters and WWII approaching, she volunteers as a secret agent, smuggling valuable information into Europe for the British government. When Caroline finally returns from the war, Desmond is gone; he was secretly taken to Australia by his nanny years before. Will Caroline be able to track him down? And how will her journey to find her son lead to Melissa's mission to uncover her father's past?

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`A fabulous story of people, places and pearls from a master storyteller
Lancashire Evening Post on The Last Pearl

About the Author

Leah Fleming

Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire of Scottish parents, is married with four grown up children and four grandchildren. She writes full time from a haunted farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and from the slopes of an olive grove in Crete. She graduated from Leeds University in the swinging sixties and taught in primary schools and Adult literacy classes. On moving to Yorkshire she ran a catering business from a market stall and trained as a therapist, running workshops in Stress management and worked for RELATE in a rural setting.

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Publication date

31st July 2014

Author

Leah Fleming

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www.leahfleming.co.uk/

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857204028

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