Days before her wedding, Poppy Wyatt loses her engagement ring. Sometime between her girlfriends admiring the ring and passing it around.. and the luncheon programmers finishing up the raffle drawings.. and the hotel staff requiring everyone to evacuate the room for a fire drill… the heirloom ring disappeared. Not only that, but when she goes outside to get a better cell signal, someone steals her phone. Desperate to figure out what to do next, Poppy paces the hotel lobby and spies a cell phone in a trash can. What luck–the phone works! One problem solved. Sort of.
The phone belongs to Sam Roxton’s personal assistant who quit without giving notice, so when Sam calls the number and reaches Poppy, she is able to convince Sam to let her keep the phone until she finds her ring and she’ll forward all his messages.
The crazy plan works, but of course, Poppy reads all the texts that come to Sam and gets a pretty good idea of what’s going on behind the scenes in his office. Sometimes she understands what’s going on better than Sam, who is too busy to read, much less return, most texts.
And because this is a Chick Lit with romantic elements, Poppy and Sam gain insight into each other through this odd arrangement. And they like what they find!
I listened to most of this book on CD. Jayne Entwistle is the reader. I loved listening to her perky British accent–she was perfect for Poppy! It was easy to follow the narrative even with the texts and footnotes read aloud. (Yes, there are footnotes in the book. Why? Because Poppy’s self-important fiance is a scholar, and Poppy was impressed with the number of footnotes in his book.)
Personally, I never thought texts could be romantic, but I changed my mind after listening to the incredibly touching scene where Poppy and Sam are texting each other in the dark woods.
This is a light, fun, satisfying book. I highly recommend it for poolside entertainment this summer. I even enjoyed the secondary characters, even the snarky ones. And rooted for Poppy’s happily ever after with Sam right from the beginning.
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