Thoughtful and moving, this novel explores the importance of friendship and family and reminds us that it’s never too late to fall in love. The languid tone mirrors the pace of the small town where the story takes place, feeling slow at times, but this allows deep character development and maintains the mystery of the postcards until the final chapters.

After her mother’s death, 46-year-old Berkley Whitmore follows a stack of postcards to Cedar Key, a town in Florida where her mother disappeared for a summer when Berkley was 5. Determined to uncover the mystery of her mother’s past, Berkley integrates herself into the town, opening a chocolate shop, joining the community’s knitting group and accepting a date with a charming local, Saxton Tate III. As time passes, Berkley feels stymied in her struggle to unravel the postcards’ secrets, but slowly realizes that there is more to her journey than her mother’s past and that the pain of the past can be healed by finding love in the present. (KENSINGTON, Nov., 304 pp, $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren DuBois