The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher
Today I am happy to take part in the Book Blitz for The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher. Thank you to Kelly from Love Books Group and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Summer 1920. Two worlds are about to collide.Evie Brunton loves her job. Twice a day, she spins along the narrow lanes of Devon on her bicycle, delivering letters from a heavy post bag. When the flamboyant London artist, Bernard Cavalier, drops like a meteor into her sleepy village, everything changes. Bernard is supposed to be painting for an important exhibition, but the countryside has its own charms, in particular his young post lady…Light and witty, and full of twists and turns, The Wrong Envelope is a charming romantic comedy. It captures the spirit of another age – when letters could change lives.
Bernard and Evie first meet on a train to Devon in 1920. He has been sent there to prepare for an art exhibition and she lives and works in the quaint countryside village as a post lady. There first meeting goes horribly wrong. Despite being captivated by Evie, Bernard’s actions are seen as inappropriate and Evie instantly dislikes him. Then she finds that she has to deliver the post to his rented cottage every day.
This is a sweet, sweet story of country life in times gone by. I loved how the post was delivered three times a day by a lady on a bicycle, come rain or shine. She even took the post which needed to be sent (as long as there was a stamp on it!). I found the letters from Bernards friends so funny and thought-provoking because back then, this was the only form of communication. I loved the contrasts between the high life of London and the peaceful calmness of the countryside and how it was perceived to be boring because life moved at a different pace.
Bernard’s character was so deliciously complex. I love it when you start a book really disliking a character and slowly feel yourself warming to him. His eccentricities, his clumsiness, even his inappropriateness fascinated me. The other characters were no bystanders, everyone multi-layered with blemished personalities, foibles, and quirks which just brought them to life.
I love Devon, historical romance and looking back at simpler times, so I adored this book and would happily recommend.