AUTHOR: Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
PUBLISHER: Text Publishing
RELEASE DATE: 2 May 2016
I got this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Cassie and Sid Sunday, once as close as sisters could be, have drifted apart. Cassie’s struggling as a stay-at-home mother to twin toddlers in Manhattan, while Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore. It doesn’t help that Sid spurns social media while Cassie is addicted to her iPhone.
So when Sid suggests they reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie is on board. Intimate and honest, their correspondence becomes a kind of mutual confessional and renews their bond. But Cassie’s made a big mistake—one that their relationship, not to mention their marriages, might not survive.
Keep Me Posted is a fresh and funny debut about the struggles of keeping in touch, keeping it real and keeping it together.
Lisa Beazley has worked in journalism and public relations for more than fifteen years. Keep Me Posted is her first novel.
Later – much later – I would regret pretending to be asleep when Leo sidled up to me in bed that night. Not that it was an isolated incident; it’s just that the timing stands out as an apropos kickoff to what would be the year everything went pear-shaped.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Keep Me Posted is very enjoyable. I loved the simple idea behind the novel – two starts writing letters to each other to try and re-connect. I’m a huge fan of letter writing. One of my pet hates about the modern world is how it’s dumbed down communication. Nobody takes the time to write letters anymore and everyone is all about email and skype and twitter and Facebook. I like a bit of deep communication thank you very much. I really liked the letters between the sisters scattered throughout the novel. The sister are brutally honest with each other which makes for some emotional, candid moments. The letters both sisters send are wonderfully different, which offers great insight into their personalities and life as sister. Sid’s letters are quite serious commenting on life as an ex-pat in Asia and struggling to better the lives of her Filipina help. Cassie writes about her apartment being too small, felling unfulfilled as a full-time mother, her jealousy of the perfect mother neighbour, disliking her in-law’s, her unfulfilling sex life and attraction to an ex. I really liked the way the author explores the relationship between the sisters, their family, shared history and the sister love for each other got me all warm and fuzzy. Keep Me Posted isn’t the most original novel ever written but it is very enjoyable and made me smile and laugh and go aww a lot.