Postcards from Wits End comes into the category of romantic novel, but at the upper end of this genre, almost women's contemporary fiction. It is a most enjoyable read, focusing upon a brief period in the lives of three women: Natalie, a journalist who is a widow, her step-daughter Cassie (with whom she has a difficult relationship) and her mother, one-time actress Laura. The time is Christmas, and the setting is Whitsunday Cottage on the western tip of Cornwall. The story is about relationships and how Natalie comes to terms with her loss. There are some eccentric characters (when are there not in such a book?) and beautiful descriptions of the cottage, the surrounding countryside and events such as Cassie's birthday, Christmas, and the heart-rending sadness of the Postcards which Natalie sends ... One loose end however remains untied: Natlie finds a shoe box belonging to her mother marked "Important, Do Not Throw Away". Natalie is almost tempted to look inside, but doesn't. It appears to be an indicator to something in Laura's past, but is never mentioned again. Perhaps it is merely a red herring, the sea being so close! A lovely read and, thank goodness, definitely not chick-lit of which we've had a superabunance.