Reviewed by May
What happens when you lose your priceless heirloom emerald engagement ring, have your phone stolen, and see a phone in a garbage can? Poppy decides its fair game, and takes possession of the phone and works on keeping her life in order. She quickly discovers that the phone was tossed as an assistant quit her job and walked out of a conference.
I’ve got more important stuff to worry about than arrogant strangers and their stupid business deals.
“Wait!” the man’s voice follows me through the receiver. “That phone. It’s my PA’s”
“Well, she shouldn’t have thrown it away, then.” I retort pushing the glass doors open. “Finders keepers.”
Poppy hides her missing ring from her future in-laws and fiancé and convinces Sam that she will forward him messages and emails and act as a sort of stand-in assistant until she can find her ring and get a new phone. Having full access to someone’s phone and in-box can be a pretty personal thing, and Poppy quickly gets to know and grows to like Sam, despite his short messages and lack of smiley face usage. I love that she immediately reads all his emails (I would so do that) and forms opinions about him, and the people sending messages to him through his assistant.
If you’ve ever read a Sophie Kinsella novel then you know how the story goes – there’s a lot of self discovery by a heroine who is thoroughly flawed but loveable, and in the end she’s going to find her true love. It’s going to be funny at times, unbelievable at moments, and it will all work out somehow. Indeed, it’s going to be a cotton candy cloud of fluffiness.
I’m not against fluff, and I don’t mean that as a put-down. The book is really well done. Kinsella writes stories that keep moving, keep you guessing, and have surprises galore. It’s just the best way I can describe the kind of book that this is. Very light, makes you smile, is the perfect once in a rare while treat, and it’s oh so sweet.
The book is told entirely from our heroine’s point of view, and I absolutely loved her use of footnotes throughout the story. Some had me giggling and overall they helped to get to know Poppy better and added a nice touch to the novel.
11 Ok, not just like Beyoncé. Like me imitating Beyoncé.
44 The first time Marcus told me his specialty was symbols, I thought he meant cymbals. The ones you clash. Not that I’ve ever admitted that to him.
Though her fiancé Marcus is clearly not the man from her right from the start, I could see how a woman would get into a relationship with such a great guy and both not see the signs and not get that he wasn’t her ticket to happily ever after. Especially since they have only been dating a very short time (engaged after one month), and so their relationship is still so very shiny and new. I think Poppy should have seen it a lot sooner in the novel, and as a character this fiancé adds very little to the story. We hardly know him and I’d have liked it if he went away long before he did.
It did not bother me while reading, but looking back the unhealthy relationships (including a “friend” who’s always telling her that she should have had her fiancé) really bothers me about this character. Also I did not love some of the actions of the heroine, there was some nonsense going on at the end that made the plot work out, but compromised the progress the character had made. It made me feel like this girl is really not ready for a real relationship of any kind, and that she has some serious need for therapy, life lessons, and general growing up.
This is a common Kinsella heroine move though – dig yourself a hole, then keep digging instead of just standing up and getting out on your own, asap.
Ah but if I stop analyzing and thinking about the probability of characters behaving as they do, if I just sit back and enjoy the reading experience (which I very much did!) then this book is a lot of fun. It was silly, it was fun, and I smiled a lot while reading it. My issues with the book only surfaced after I’d finished, and sat down to write this review. For me, that counts less against a book when grading it – as I clearly enjoyed it while reading!
I would say this is a book I’d recommend to others looking for a light read, I would gift this to a friend, and I will probably read it again. While not nearly as strong as some of Kinsella’s other offerings, if the premise looks good to you I encourage you to check it out.