Thursday, August 31, 2023



Twenty year old Mia was raised by her grandmother Ilse.  Mia remembers the stories of happenings during World War Two as if it happened yesterday.  So when Mia’s grandmother Ilse is hospitalized, Mia immediately returns to Germany to be by her side.  Ilse briefly wakes up and asks for Szymon, a man she knew many years ago but Mia doesn’t know who he is.  Why, after all this time, is Ilse so determined to see him?  Mia returns to her grandmother’s apartment to see if she can find any information on who Szymon is.  She discovers a stack of old, faded postcards inside an old suitcase.  As she reads through the stack of postcards, she sees that they are all signed by Szymon.  Mia must find Szymon and convince him that he needs to see Ilse one more time before it’s too late.  

The Postcard written by author Carly Schabowski, is a wonderful time slip story.  This emotional story is a heartbreaking and powerful story of past, present and future lives of people that survived the Great War and the stories that were kept secret for so many years.  If you enjoy historical fiction with secrets revealed and the mystery of finding answers many years later, then this is the book for you.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author: Carly Schabowski

Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 29, 2023
Pages: 368 
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Holding the faded postcard in her trembling hands, Mia begins to read the one story her grandmother could never tell her, revealing a secret that will change her own life forever…

When her beloved grandmother, 
Ilse, is taken into hospital, Mia drops everything to travel to Germany and care for the woman who raised her. But when her grandmother briefly wakes up and asks for a man called Szymon, Mia is confused. Who is he? And why does her grandmother need to see him so desperately?

Later that night, Mia returns to her grandmother’s apartment to search for clues. She soon discovers a small parcel hidden inside one of Ilse’s suitcases. When she removes the wrapping, she finds a stack of faded postcards neatly bound together, signed with a name that makes her heart stop in her chest: 

Desperate to find Szymon before it is too late, Mia unearths a story her grandmother never told her: of childhood friendship and heartbreaking young love on the eve of the Second World War, and of a plan to rescue a young man imprisoned by the Nazis. Mia can’t quite believe her grandmother was so brave, and risked so much to save this man’s life… 
But did she succeed?

As the final pieces of the past come together, Mia realizes that she is about to find out what really happened to her grandmother during the war. 
But she doesn’t expect to uncover a secret that will change everything…


Carly Schabowski worked as a journalist in both North   Cyprus and Australia before returning to Oxford, where she studied for an MA and then a PhD in creative writing at Oxford Brookes University. Carly now teaches at Oxford Brookes University as an associate lecturer in Creative Writing for first and second-year English literature students.

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