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Reading Other People’s Postcards

A post about postcards – and the postcards are all about books! 

At this time of year, being a postman must be great fun, reading picture postcards about people’s holidays all over the world. At least, if I were a postman, that’s what I’d be doing!

I’ve always loved sending postcards, and I still send them to my family whenever I go away, even though I’m conscious that it’s a bit of a dying art in certain circles, thanks to the ease of sharing holiday snaps on social media and WhatsApp. And that’s without considering the ever-rising price of stamps, which long ago outstripped the cost of a postcard, making sending a handful of postcards a significant expense.

As a postcard enthusiast, I was very taken with my publisher’s idea to run a summer promotion campaign in which the authors were invited to create a postcard relating to one of their books. Boldwood Books’ clever marketing team created a template – then it was over to the authors to decide how to use them. Some chose to just tell readers about their settings, others created messages from one character to another. We shared our postcards on social media under the hashtag #BoldDestinations.

So if, like me, you have a fascination for reading other people’s postcards, here are some of my author friends’ creations – with plenty of suggestions for your summer holiday reading, including a few of my own books…

Click on a postcard to find out more about the book it relates to, via its Amazon page.  All the books area available to order from all good bookshops as well as online in ebook, paperback and audiobook.


A Month in Provence by Gillian Harvey


Best Murder in Show by Debbie Young
The Law of Attraction by Laura Carter
Coming Home to Seashell Cottage by Jessica Redland
Adrift by M A Hunter
The Start of Something Wonderful by Jessica Redland
Murder in the Highlands by Debbie Young
A Killing at Smugglers Cove by Michelle Salter
Murder at the Mill by Debbie Young
An Island in the Sun by Kate Frost
A Mother’s War by Helen Parusel
The Sleepover by Keri Beevis
One Greek Summer by Kate Frost
An Italian Dream by Kate Frost
The Lady of the Loch by Elena Collins
Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Farm by Jessica Redland


Love Quest by Camilla Isley


Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
A Midnight Kiss on Ever After Street by Jaimie Admans
The Start of Something Wonderful by Jessica Redland


The Librarian by Valerie Keogh
Love to Hate You by Camilla Isley
New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms by Jessica Redland


Coming Home to Puddleduck Farm by Della Galton
The Golden Oldies Book Club by Judy Leigh
Summer Days on the Boardwalk by Georgina Troy
A Taste of Italian Sunshine by Leonie Mack



The Love Theorem by Camilla Isley

With thanks to my author friends Jaimie Admans, Keri Beevis, Laura Carter, Elena Collins, Kate Frost, Della Galton, Gillian Harvey, M A Hunter, Camilla Isley, Valerie Keogh, Judy Leigh, Leonie Mack,  Helen Parusel, Jessica Redland, Michelle Salter, and Georgina Troy for allowing me to share their postcards – and to the brilliant marketing team at Boldwood Books for coming up with the idea and creating the postcard template. 

(Disclosure: the Amazon links in this post are Amazon Affiliate lihnks, which means I get a small royalty from any resulting sales, at no cost to you.)


photo of paperback of Artful Antics at St Bride's on green gingham tablecloth with magnifying glass and spots of bloodMy next book launches tomorrow!

Artful Antics at St Bride’s will be out in ebook, paperback and audiobook on Saturday 29th July. However you prefer to read, there’s an option available to suit you!

When English teacher Gemma Lamb’s school flat is wrecked by storms, maverick headmistress Hairnet insists the girls must fund its repair by setting up their own businesses – the start of a series of hilarious unintended consequences.

Meanwhile Gemma’s worries are compounded by the arrival of bossy new girl Frieda Ehrlich, sponsored by a mysterious local tycoon whose wealth is of dubious origins. Fearful for the school’s reputation, Gemma recruits an old friend to help investigate the tycoon’s credentials, jeopardising her romance with sports teacher Joe Spryke.

  • What is Frieda hiding?
  • Why is her sponsor living in a derelict manor house?
  • Why is his chauffeur such a crazed driver?
  • And what has become of McPhee, Hairnet’s precious black cat?

With a little help from her friends, Gemma is determined to solve these mysteries, restore her flat and save the school.

Order your copy via Amazon here, or from wherever you usually prefer to buy books.



English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

4 thoughts on “Reading Other People’s Postcards

  1. Absolutely brilliant reading all those postcards. Thanks so much for including mine xx

  2. Loved reading through all of these. Thanks for including so many of mine, Debbie. I used to collect postcards when I was younger and, like you, sent them for many years. I haven’t sent one for quite a few years now as we usually holiday for a week and are back before the postcard! Think I need to start doing it again as it is special receiving one x

    1. Thank you very much for taking part, Jessica! I still collect postcards to keep when I go on holiday, particularly if I see a view that I couldn’t possibly take with my camera phone. (I stopped using a separate camera a long time ago.) Looking back through postcards I’ve kept from places I’ve visited is a lovely way to revive precious holiday memories. It’s all the more special to receive postcards through the post because it so rarely happens these days – though I’m glad my daughter still sends me a card when she’s on her travels, even if they do often arrive here after she’s got home! x

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