Synopsis from GoodReads.com:
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!!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her ‘happy ever after’ begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect 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.
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 realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
I’ve only read two of Sophie Kinsella’s books – Remember Me? and this one. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never read any of the Shopoholic books – they never really appealed to me. So, why pick up this one? Well, I heard about it through other bloggers and via Twitter, so I decided to put my name on the waiting list at the library. After reading the jacket cover at the bookstore, it wasn’t something that intrigued me into buying it.
It took a little bit of trying on my part to get into the book. I thought it was going to be all about Poppy just trying to find her ring, which was rather ho-hum to me. Nothing in the book really surprised me, but I did find it slightly entertaining; mostly the banter and brewing relationship between her and Sam. Everything else though – pretty much predictable.
I also found the book to drag on a little longer than necessary in some ways – maybe it’s just me, but I thought it “flowed” funny. It was almost two stories in one – Poppy loses the ring, then finds the ring, and then a whole new series of events arises. It just seemed inconsistent.
So – overall – I somewhat liked the book, but I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone. I’m glad I didn’t cough up the dough to buy it and just borrowed it from the library. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?