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.
What a great read!
The story starts with a sad start as Ana inherits a Camper Van from her late best friend. She has zero interest in this van and cannot believe her friend did this to her however at the same time she is determined to follow her friend’s wishes so she makes the journey down to St. Felix in Cornwall (YAY! If you know me, you’ll know about my love of Cornwall lately).
She has no idea what state the Van is in and imagines it will only be a few days and back to London she goes. However it needs completely restored and this guy Malachi is looking after this mechanics place. So she has to stay in St Felix for longer than she expected. If you have read any of Ali’s other novels you will know this little town and appreciate it so much. We get to see bits of Daisy’s life (from one of the other novels) so it’s nice to see how her and Amber are getting on.
Ana is also getting to know Noah, owner of an Antiques shop. I loved that this novel mainly involves her getting to know Noah as well as Malachi as you would not expect the outcome of this heart-warming novel.
Anyway, the camper van is discovered to have a bunch of old postcards stuffed inside the cushions and tyres of the van and leads them all to have many adventures in the few weeks leading to all over the country in order to firstly retrieve them all and then to find their rightful owners! Then, once we find the owners it is surprising who they are and how this story ended up.
This novel overall had me wanting to know what will happen yet at the same time I did not want to put it down. It such a great sunny day read as I read this in spring and definitely motivated my reading. I love when a great novel does that. Always to be expected from any Ali McNarma novel.