RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕 (5/5 Moons)
Published: Feb. 16, 2012 (First published on Oct. 31, 2011)
“But sometimes you have to be brave. Sometimes you have to show people what’s important in life.”
I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!! 🙂
A couple of glasses of bubbly with the girls at a charity do and Poppy’s life has gone into meltdown. Not only has she lost her engagement ring, but in the panic that followed, she’s lost her phone too. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number with the hotel staff. It was meant to be!
Except the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back, and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, can things get any more tangled?
I have always heard good things about Sophie Kinsella yet I never picked up any of her books until now. I am not a fan of the contemporary genre and I only pick them up when I feel like the books that I have been reading are too dark. I was only looking for a breather from all the dramas and wars that I have been reading, and I made the right choice of picking this book.
The story revolves around Poppy, the main character, who happens to lost her engagement ring right when she was about to meet up with the parents of her fiance; not to mention that the ring was a family heirloom. Yet her misfortune did not end there, her phone got stolen. Her phone is her life line, she has given her number to anyone who could have anything to do with finding her missing ring. So when she spotted a cellphone in the trash bin, she immediately took it even though she knows that it is not the right thing to do.
Bearing the little synopsis that I have stated above in mind (and if you have read the synopsis of this book, which I included in this review), it would make you roll your eyes at how ridiculously impossible the story is. Who would keep a cellphone that she found in the trash bin, keep its number and share an inbox with another person? It felt too cliche but it worked.
The main characters met, or should I say got in-touched, in a most unlikely situation – through a cellphone. As Poppy and Sam ends up sharing an inbox which felt quite intimate if you asked Poppy, they have developed a complicated relationship and became involved in each other’s life. And at first, I thought this will be one of those stories that is too cheesy or cringey or both. But the fact that Poppy has a fiance somehow makes it a little more complicated. However, I like that their relationship did not started as a love at first sight or insta love. It started with friendship, if they would call it that. And I really enjoy those stories where people would get into a stage of knowing each other as friends before being lovers because it makes the story more real and believable. I personally enjoy how Poppy and Sam gave commentaries in each other’s lives. The way they helped out each other when they’re in trouble would make you root for them.
Another thing that I like about this book is that the story offers more than your typical romance. It has a mystery element to it; and even though it is not a very big deal, you could still see how the author builds it up along with the flow of the story. It feels like a breather to all the happenings in this book.
But what I really love about this book is how it showed us that people are not always who we think they are. Poppy has misjudged Sam’s character based on all the emails that she has read from his inbox but it is not the real Sam. I love how the author shows us, readers, that a character should not be judged by the emails that they received, their attitude or the way they speak frankly or sweetly to people.
I probably blabber too much about this book that I didn’t quite make any sense but I love this book. It’s been so long since I stayed up until 1AM just so I could finish a book. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a breather from all those fantasy books.
That’s it for my review. Be sure to check this book out if you haven’t.
Till next time!