“But sometimes you have to be brave. Sometimes you have to show people what’s important in life.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
Feelings: I wasn’t expecting this to be any more than fluff. I recently read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and really enjoyed her style, so I thought I’d try out one of her adult books. I really enjoyed this book. Sure, it’s one where you think, This can’t all really be happening, can it? but I had a blast reading it. I laughed and sighed and smirked…all things I love to do while reading.
When Poppy’s life began to take a downward spiral, it made me feel like somewhat…ok. Not because I enjoyed watching her suffer, but because it was a nice escape to get caught up in someone else’s issues for a while. You know what I mean?
Sophie Kinsella is the master of story weaving. I’m telling you…by the end when the truths began to unravel, I realized how many hints and clues I’d missed! That never happens to me!
Issues: I liked all the footnotes at first, but then I just ignored them after a while. I thought the concept was engaging and interesting, but it was a bit overkill at times.
There were a few instances in the book that had me really annoyed. Poppy made some choices that made zero sense to me on any and all levels. They added drama and suspense, sure…but I was glad when they were over. I don’t want to spoil anything, but just know that I was annoyed sometimes. But it’s chick lit…let’s be honest…there’s always something annoying in chick lit but we get over it, just like when we marathon Hallmark movies.
Characters: I wasn’t sure what to think about this particular cast of characters at first. Honestly, I didn’t know who I could trust! Everyone seemed so shifty and self-interested. I love when the chicks in chick lit go on a journey of self discovery, self empowerment. What was unique about this book was that Poppy had a man encouraging her on this journey, not judging her or pushing her, but giving her sound advice and guidance. In doing so, he didn’t define her or tell her who she was – she found out for herself. I love that!
Final thoughts: I read this book in a short amount of time (and stayed up until 2 am to finish it) simply because it was great. It was entertaining and heartwarming…a great read. I highly recommend to anyone looking to get swept away.
Pick this up if you liked:
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Prada and Prejudice by Katie Oliver
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Goodreads rating: 3.92/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.4/5
My rating: 4.5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn