Postcards From Home

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Second Edition. Winner of the 2012 Global eBook Award for Humor. The short stories in Postcards From Home explore the hilarious and often chaotic world of ‘life in the family lane’, seen through the eyes of a mother of two precocious children. Infused with large doses of tongue-in-cheek humor, these stories will resonate with and entertain anyone who has ever been a child or a parent. More

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Published: Jan. 22, 2012
Words: 20,540
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987932907
About Sylvia Morice

Sylvia Morice writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Her work, including several of the stories in Postcards From Home, has been published in various Canadian literary magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Sylvia maintains a blog at sylviamorice.wordpress.com where she writes eclectic, entertaining posts about life and she is currently working on a novel-in-progress.
Sylvia is interested in any and all comments about her work and loves to connect with readers and other writers.

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Review by: Barbara on March 26, 2012 : star star star star
Charming light reading. Good for a grey day with a cup of hot chocolate
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cheryl Estabrooks on March 15, 2012 : (no rating)
As I was reading these stories I couldn't help but wonder where Sylvia had hidden in my house when my family was young. It was like reading about my own experiences as a stay at home mom raising young children. This book brought back some wonderful memories and stirred up more than a few smiles. I can't wait for her next book. Dear Sylvia, please write quickly.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Faye Hicks on March 04, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a wonderful collection of stories! The author’s ability to bring out the humor of everyday situations and her unique take on family life had me laughing throughout. If you’re a parent, I am sure the comical situations in these stories will bring back some of your fond (and humorous) memories of raising your family. If, like me, you’re not a parent - you’ll probably be wiping your brow in relief a time or two, in between wiping the tears of laugher from your eyes. My personal favorite is the Halloween story. I’ve read it a few times since I downloaded this book and it never fails to give me a laugh. So grab a coffee and settle in front of a cozy fire for a self-indulgent treat. I challenge you to put this book down once you get started.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sharon Allen on Feb. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
It is so easy to identify with this delightful collection of short stories about family life. What mother hasn't had their children put them through a few "episodes"? The author uses wonderfully descriptive prose to convey the trials, tribulations and joys of raising children, being a stay at home mom and so much more. These stories are filled with humor and I found myself laughing out loud more than once! I especially liked the story of coming home for Christmas, it brought so many of my own memories to mind.

If you enjoy the humorous and witty side of everyday life you'll enjoy reading Postcards From Home.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dolly Pollard on Feb. 17, 2012 : star star star star star
I have been reading this book, stopping, rading this book again and continuing this until the end AND then going back to reread different segments. Because live is a reality, whether with children or not, the author captures the details of everyday life in a humorous style that catches at your heart. Each story line brings memories of our own life experiences and remembrances of our own childhoods, some happy some not so much. BUT, with each story the author enables us to be there enjoying the struggles of parenthood and the life it entails.

This author uses real life experiences to covey her expertise in creative writing. A great read for not only parents but for all interested in family life.

This author has the ability to make the reader laugh at our daily stressful days.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna D'Amour on Feb. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
Postcards From Home will at times bring a tear to your eye, a laugh to your belly or a lump to your throat. Sylvia Morice and her husband Gary raised two wonderful children but it wasn’t always easy. From Erin’s colicky nights and endless tears to Shane’s ability to say just the wrong thing at just the wrong time, it took its toll. Many parents will relate to the little girl who was “bothered” by her clothes and hated every sock ever made so much that she would remove her shoes and socks just as the school bus arrived. “Eating My Words” is a light-hearted look at coping with children who are ravenous all the time, leading the parents to late night pizza trysts.

The chaos and unpredictability of parenthood sends Morice back to her own younger days in the search of tradition and consistency in “The More Things Change,” a heart-warming look at a simpler time. In “Home for the Holidays,” a lovely Christmas memory of the grandparent’s farm and extended family sharing the season and visiting neighbours to see their trees, she considers her modern day rituals and wonders what memories will be part of her children’s future Christmases. What she calls her ‘Currier and Ives’ memory is warm and reassuring.

Her days includes the many demands on a stay-at-home Mom for contributions to bake sales and Halloween costumes, home maintenance, meal preparation and a driving schedule that would have most heads spinning. And on those rare occasions when she and her husband do get out for an evening with other adults, she’s faced with those dreaded questions, “What do you do at home all day?” or even worse, “Do you Work?” She comes up with a few creative answers.

“Tokens of Undying Love” will touch your heart as Morice clears clutter and keeps bumping into memories. In “Honey, We’ve been Transferred” Morice is the parent who has to convince the children that everything will be fine when she herself is dreading yet another move and the friends, community and ‘home’ left behind.

These are warm, funny stories that show the joys and frustrations of parenthood. Morice admits to stealing some lines from her children–Erin’s ‘If Shane had a paper face…’– in “Out of the Mouths of Babes” and embellishing just a tad, but that just gives the stories a ring of authenticity and produces a tongue-in-cheek giggle. Postcards From Home is a delightful read.

Donna D’Amour
Halifax, NS
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lorna Earl on Feb. 02, 2012 : star star star star star
I found myself smiling while reading every story in this delightful book. In each story you learn a little something about life through the eyes of a woman who has astutely observed her life and generously shared her experiences with us. Funny, endearing, nostalgic, and witty, these stories will hold something memorable if you've ever been a parent or child.

If I had one thing I wished the author had done in this book, it would be to include more. I really didn't want the book to end. I hope there is much more to come from her.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Hicks on Jan. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
This is a book you want to read in one sitting ... witty personalized anecdotes of the surprises one encounters in raising young children ... the stories are varied in theme, but the writing remains consistent throughout, giving a good sense of the flavour of the author's writing style. Well done.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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