Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: 2012 (first published 2011)
Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Challenges: Support Your Library
Description: 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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I have come to really like Sophie Kinsella's stand-alones more than the Shopaholic series, which seem to be waning and have become less and less interesting as that series goes by. But this one could definitely have a sequel to this book and I would feel like the story had been adequately completed. While Poppy comes off as being a little flaky at times, she doesn't compromise herself into becoming somebody that she knows she isn't. The footnotes that appeared through out the book were nice, but towards the end they were a bit off-putting.
Bottom line: Its a pretty good summer/vacation read and at over 400 pages, it may be the only one you need to read during the course of a vacation, but I would pack another book or two, depending on how quickly you are able to get through the book, as the story goes pretty quickly and one can probably finish this within a day or two, if its the only one you are reading.
Pages for 2012: 13561