by Terri DuLong
Published: October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback (352 pages)
Series: Cedar Key
***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
Berkley Whitmore moves to Cedar Key to solve a mystery—the one that taunts her from childhood days and haunts her memory, while stoking her fears and feelings of abandonment.
It’s something her mother or grandmother never discussed and tried to pretend like it really never meant anything, but to Berkley, it meant weeks of fear culminating with her being ripped out of her environment and brought to Salem to live with her grandmother. Sure, eventually, her mother returned, but to a child of tender years, her mother’s brief hiatus was almost a lifetime of fear.
Now, Berkley has relocated her chocolate shop from Massachusetts to Cedar Key, but teeters between an enjoyment of life on the small Florida island, fear that she’ll never discover her mother’s secret, or feelings of dread over what she might just discover about her mother. For Berkley well knows that her quest to clear up the hazy past could have massive implications on her present that may stretch beyond to her future. Since her mother and grandmother passed and her father died in the war, Berkley is alone minus a distant aunt who never visited her or her mother and her grandmother.
However, those postcards that she’s found among her mother’s belongings has Berkley’s soul knowing what she has to do, but doing it wasn’t as easy as it appears. It was too simple to open the shop and move into the apartment upstairs, but the question of who could know something about her mother enters into every interaction, every chance meeting, and every encounter. Many times, Berkley had come close to forgetting about the unanswered questions, the major gash that they tore through her life and the windstorm of emotions the past caused, but she cannot.
Although, despite the introductions to many life long islanders, it doesn’t seem that anyone knew her mother, Jeanette Whitmore.
Meanwhile, Berkley meets an Englishman, Saxton Tate, whom lives on the island and whose sweet sounding, accented voice stirs all the right places, but Berkley knows she’s a woman who is best on her own. She has never done well in relationships so why even entertain the notion? It seems this gentleman has other ideas.
POSTCARDS FROM CEDAR KEY by Terri DuLong is a story about family secrets, new friends, moving away from the past, accepting the present, and finding a future.
The author sprinkles a tale with candy and crystals mixes in the problems of the heart, family issues and creates a character in Berkley Whitmore to whom anyone of us can relate. Terri DuLong reintroduces us to many of the islanders from past Cedar Key stories, but she incorporates newcomers whom I hope will spur more titles in the Cedar Key series!
Terri DuLong’s POSTCARDS FROM CEDAR KEY is a standalone novel, but you’ll want to check out the other books in the Cedar Key series: SUNRISE ON CEDAR KEY (Kensington 2011), CASTING ABOUT (Kensington 2010), and SPINNING FORWARD (Kensington 2009).