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Keep Me Posted
by Lisa Beazley
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Berkley, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Rheta Van Winkle

Since her dear sister Sid moved to Singapore with her wealthy husband, Cassie sees her only once a year when she brings her son, River, and daughter, Lulu, home to Grandma Margie and Grandpa Joe's for Christmas. Cassie lives in Manhattan with her husband and three year old twin sons.

The sisters love having all the family together for this special time, so when they learn that their grandparents aren't going to host again and that future Christmases will be held at their parents' or various aunt's and uncle's places, they start calling it 'the last Christmas.' Grandpa Joe manages to cheer them up, though, by reading to them from a box of old letters that he and Grandma Margie had written to each other 'from the early days of their marriage, while he was in the coast guard and Grandma Margie was juggling two under two at home.'

They love these letters so much that Cassie and Sid decide they should write actual letters to each other now and send them through the mail because after all email is so ephemeral. When Cassie gets her first letter from Sid, she is excited to find real mail among the catalogs and junk, even though the entire letter says only: 'We're Really Doing This!! No backing out!! xoxo –Sid' The letters are actually a small part of this novel, although Cassie learns more than she knew before about Sid's life in Singapore, but this is really Cassie's story to tell.

We hear about her difficulties trying to raise active preschool boys in Manhattan while living in a small apartment, as well as how much she misses working and interacting with other adults who talk about something other than children. When she realizes that something she could do easily during email correspondence, i.e. review previous letters, isn't possible with written letters, she starts scanning all the letters into a private blog. Of course, problems ensue.

I loved Keep Me Posted. The writing is lighthearted, even though there are sometimes serious issues, and Cassie is a delightful young woman whose problems seem to be universal among well-off, hyper-worried parents of western civilized countries these days. I found myself laughing out loud many times as I savored this book and tried to make it last longer by not reading too fast. This is the first novel that Lisa Beazley has written, and I hope that she will write many more.

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