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 her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading 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 realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
©2012 Sophie Kinsella (P)2012 Random House Audio
“[Kinsella] continues to tickle funny bones and touch hearts.” (USA Today, on Twenties Girl)
"Hilarious... a breezy blend of romantic comedy and cautionary fairy tale.” (New York Post, on Remember Me?)
“A fast, fun read that delves a little deeper.” (The Plain Dealer, on The Undomestic Goddess)
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Yes! Kinsella does a wonderful job with character development. I appreciate the way that she allows the characters to develop over the course of the novel.
Jayne Entwistle is wonderful. I thought that she was the perfect narrator for a Kinsella book. She handles both male and female characters well.
The novel really centers on Poppy, so she is certainly the most memorable character. I liked the fact that she was a capable woman--professional, good job, etc., and yet she had issues with perception about herself and her friends and family.
I didn't give the story five stars because I thought that it was dragged out a bit at the end. Otherwise, I loved the book.
Sometimes you just need to read something light and silly. Though, for me, even something light has to be well written and well developed. Sophie Kinsella's new book fits the bill. Despite its wackiness, the plot had good twists and turns and the characters were sufficiently quirky and easy to like. The narrator did a good job, thought I didn't love her voice. Glad for the respite!
Jayne Entwistle makes the entire story come alive and sound real.Light- hearted yet witty.Good English humour.Enjoyed.
I have listened to all of Sophie Kinsella's books on audio and have read the first three Shopaholic books and "Can You Keep a Secret?" I have purchased the first three Shopaholic books on audio because I like the narrator. I also own "Can You Keep a Secret?" on audio. I did not care for the audio for "Remember Me" or subsequent Shopaholic stories.
At first, this narrator's voice seemed too girlish and high-pitched for me, but as another reviewer noted, she seemed to grow into the storytelling. She did a good job on the men's voices, which is usually hard to do for a woman! I like how her timbre changed to reflect Poppy's moods.
The story overall is pretty predictable. I wasn't fooled by Magnus throughout the book and after the Scrabble incident, I rather felt like he was marrying Poppy just so he could feel intellectually superior to her. I won't tell you how it ends, even though it's predictable. :-)
At the beginning, I sort of cringed as the story continued on and on regarding the loss of the ring. I can't pretend to understand the loss of something so valuable, as that has never happened to me before, but Poppy's hysteria is understandable.
The creative twist in this story is how she meets Sam Roxton, the businessman. We get a sense of Poppy's sense of fun and quick thinking when he first lays eyes on her. It's pretty funny and made me laugh out loud, the first of many times throughout this book.
In this age of texting and mobile phones, it would be easy to fall into the trap of creating a storyline consisting of the tiresome abbreviations used in texting, but with audio, we don't feel that. When Poppy writes "thx," for "thanks," we hear it, but don't read it. This book doesn't feel like you are reading those annoying "RU there?" conversations.
Poppy's and Sam's relationship grows through the book and you can pretty much guess what happens, but what I was surprised by how intimate texting can be! When they are in the wood and trying to find each other in the dark, you get a sense of intimacy so strong that you feel as though YOU are the one reading their texts or listening in on a private conversation.
As it became obvious that something could possibly happen between Poppy and Sam, I looked forward to their first physical encounter. Toward the end of the story, I felt myself yearning for it and the feeling became stronger. As love stories go, well, the end was a surprise to me.
I'm glad I bought it and will happily listen to it again when I need some cheering up!
Some authors and books are best heard. It makes the joy unfold in a totally different way than reading the print version. I have all of Ms. Kinsella's books safely (I hope) stored on my iPod.
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite feel-good chick lit authors. Ms Kinsella, through her characters and story line, never fail to make me laugh. The story line, using a stolen engagement ring, cell phone, and using texting as a key means of communication, was charming. Poppy is a flawed, but kind heroine finding her way in the world and learning to stand up for herself. I could certainly relate to Poppy. One of the things that made me smile at the end is the realization that there could certainly be future novels featuring Poppy and her endearing antics. Thanks, Ms. Kinsella, for a wonderful day of listening. I think I'll listen to it again. Soon.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
I thought this book was great !! It entertained me right to the end ! I agree with previous poster that the texting scene in the forest was my favourite as well ! The narrator could use some work on the other voices, it was hard to distinguish sometimes, but her voice was perfect for the main character so she made it work. Overall, very happy I bought it
Kinsella is one of my chicklit favorites...I know fatally flawed characters are her thing, but I spent much of the book wanting to slap young Poppy and say... SERIOUSLY?! Grow a backbone! Speak up!
Her voice was sufficiently cute and insecure while being easy to listen to.
Absolutley. Fun read. Comedic genius.
Shopaholic Series, Undomestic Goddess, Remember me?
Texting through the woods.
Laughed out loud several times.
I love Sophie Kinsella. Her characters are so relatable and loveable. Her novels are so fun to read that I find myself laughing out loud. This book was one of my favorites.
Yes, it was silly...and yes, it's hard to believe...but it's cute and funny and takes your mind off the real world!
I loved Poppy's character! She's simple, not very complex, but very lovable. You can imagine her as being one of your girlfriends sitting with you in a very nice tapas bar during girl's night out!
It was very romantic and challenging. It wasn't just a straight love story, it also had a bit of fun mystery added to the story line. I think listening to this book made a huge difference with the text context.
Jayne is engaging.
Possession is 9/10ths of the law.
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