This was a win from Judith at Leeswammes. Such a nice read. It deals with topics which are heavy - loneliness, bullying, living in a loveless marriage but somehow the subject matter is treated lightly and you don't feel an emotional burden whilst reading about them.
Two main characters - Carol and Albert who never meet each other. Carol writes letters with no address and such letters are binned at the post office. Albert works at the post office and is almost due to retire when he comes across the envelope with the smiley face. He surreptitiously takes one, then the next that follows and the next and he somehow finds out where Carol lives. It brings her character somehow closer to him
Albert through Carol's letters finds the courage to stand up for himself and be more confident about facing his retirement. He was dreading it wondering how he was going to live the rest of his days without an occupation. For Carol putting thoughts on paper put her whole problem of both husband and daughter into perspective though she never actually solves her issues. Maybe that is why we are told to write down everything - be it problems or lists!
Interesting, light hearted read. Thanks Judith.
A photo taken of my daughter and her husband in Ghanian dress. Her husband is from Ghana. I liked the headgear. All intricate pleats!