After Poppy’s phone is stolen, she miraculously finds one (and a high tech one at that) in the trash! Writing down messages that come in, she tries to focus on her more pressing problem: finding her lost engagement ring. When Sam Roxton gives her a call explaining that she’d picked up the phone of his PA who had just quit, Poppy begs Sam for the use of the phone till she finds her missing engagement ring. Poppy promises to forward Sam’s texts and emails, and he reluctantly agrees.
Poppy finds herself more and more involved in Sam’s life as she not only forwards but reads what’s in his inbox. All this time, Poppy is also trying to deal with her own problems as she plans her wedding, tries to find her engagement ring, and makes sense of why she feels so unwelcome by her fiancé’s parents. As Sam’s life gets even more complicated, so does Poppy’s, intertwining their lives in the most unexpected ways.
You will not be able to put the book down. The story’s pace is fast and exciting. Kinsella has a way of hooking you from page one and not letting go. There are no dull points, but at the same time, the story is not one unbelievable event after the next. Reading this book is like going on one exciting and very satisfying ride—a ride you’ll never want to end.
Poppy is a character whom you'd care about in an instant. She’s funny, but not ditzy. She’s clumsy but not annoying. She’s smart and has a job she’s good at, but she has her insecurities. She cares about people but also about what they think of her. At the same time, Sam, though seemingly cold and distant in the beginning, already intrigues you from the get go. It’s quite obvious that they are meant to end up together (though Kinsella still keeps you wondering if it will happen till the last few pages), the tension between them builds up nicely and does not disappoint.
That it ends!
Though not a book you’d discuss in book clubs or quote passages from, this novel is fun, romantic, and definitely worth ditching what you’re reading for. When the story ends, you want more—more of Poppy and more of Sam. Though it ends quite well and in a very satisfying way, it leaves you wanting more from the author. Which is quite a good way to end any book. No wonder Kinsella has such a huge fan base. This book proves she deserves it.
Bookshelf Meter: 5 stars
1 star – Don’t even bother.
2 stars – Since there’s nothing else to read…
3 stars – Worth borrowing from a friend, but not buying your own
4 stars – Deserves a spot on your nightstand.
5 stars – Grab this book now and forget the one you’re reading!
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Olivia Yao has been writing ever since she can remember. She has written for health, teen, parenting, and children's magazines. Her latest endeavor is being a mom to her three-year-old daughter—her toughest assignment yet.