Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Review: Postcards from Cedar Key

Author: Terri DuLong
Title: Postcards from Cedar Key
Description: Berkley, a fortysomething chocolatier, relocates to Cedar Key to find out why her mother had deserted her for a summer when Berkley was five. As she begins to build her life on the island, she makes friends, falls in love, and learns more about what her mother dealt with forty years ago.
Review source: Library Thing Early Reviewers
Plot: The main plot is this question of Berkley’s mother. Fairly early on, Berkley meets a person who could sit her down and tell her the story. Does this happen? Noooooo, we have to wait and wait and wait, and even endure a snowstorm enforced delay, just so the book could be the requisite 300 pages instead of about 10.
Characters: This book is one of a series, and the characters from the other books all crowd their way in here. Even by the end of the book I couldn’t place most of the names because these characters were useless in this book. Berkley was pretty annoying, especially in the early going. Her boyfriend was too good to be true. (no flaws, of course. Well, there was one flaw, but you could tell it was because the author thought to herself, “I need to give him a flaw.”)
Writing style:  Pretty annoying. For one thing, she can’t stop talking about Angell & Phelps chocolate in Daytona. I get it. You like their chocolate. Or did A&P pay for each mention? Also, I didn’t get much of a sense of the place of Cedar Key. I’ve been there, and it is beautiful. This author is way more into the people of Cedar Key, who I don’t know, and who I imagine are like people everywhere else.
Audience:  Middle-aged women who want a cute middle aged Englishman to fall in love with them on an island.
Wrap-up: Meh. 2/5*


  1. Sounds like a lot of the "free books for Kindle" that I get emails about every day, most of them not worth the time to download. The title would have attracted me, as I check out anything with a Florida setting, so thanks for the warning. Not part of your "suggested audience" for this one.

  2. It's a little better than a free kindle book. The character does get over to the little island (Atsena Otie) with the cemetery. But I think we saw better geocaching logs than the description in the book.

    Always nice to see the doggies reading, though :-)