Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since I first read her Shopaholic series in high school, so when I saw this book for sale, I had t...moreSophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since I first read her Shopaholic series in high school, so when I saw this book for sale, I had to pick it up and start reading immediately.
And I'll be honest...I liked it for the chick-lit, light read part...but as far as depth and character development, it was a bit lacking.
Poppy Wyatt is your typical Kinsella protagonist - quirky, light-hearted, and...a bit flakey and...stupid. While I thought the plot to this novel sounded interesting - woman loses valuable family-heirloom engagement ring and phone in same day, ends up with phone owned by corporate hot-shot, and flirtatious, life-meddling ensues, I'll admit Poppy got annoying by about page 50. While I understand some of the things she did was to add laughs and plot to the book, I can't imagine someone ever being as stupid as she was. She begins meddling in the life of Sam, corporate hot-shot who at first seems to have no emotion or feeling toward others. So to "fix" him, she begins sending emails as him, volunteering him for marathon runs and trips to places like Guatemala, and sending silly e-cards to people in his business whose pet just died...random stuff. And she actually thinks she's doing him favors, but instead comes across as annoying and flighty when she is genuinely shocked at his anger and the chaos that ensues from her meddling. I seriously wanted to throw the book down in some parts and scream, "Really???" People just don't act like that in real life. And granted I know it's fiction, it'd still be nice if there was some reality in this book.
With frustrations aside, I'll admit the chemistry between Sam and Poppy kept me reading until the very end, and it was good for the purpose of every Kinsella novel - to escape into some mindless chick-lit reading for a few hours every day.
I think it's safe to say, though, that I'm starting to grow up and branch away from Sophie Kinsella and her flakey, somewhat stupid protagonists.(less)
I think the only reason I'm giving this 2 stars instead of one is because as horribly written and as unedited as it was, it was mildly entertaining. B...moreI think the only reason I'm giving this 2 stars instead of one is because as horribly written and as unedited as it was, it was mildly entertaining. But if I have to read the words "blazes" or "gads" in an historical romance again, I'm going to scream.
And last time I checked, Regency England nobility didn't use the word "ain't." Seriously.(less)
I'm not sure why this book captured my attention as much as it did. I expected it to be an easy, lazy, fun romance book read, and that it was. But for...moreI'm not sure why this book captured my attention as much as it did. I expected it to be an easy, lazy, fun romance book read, and that it was. But for some reason it hooked me in a way I haven't been hooked on a book in a while. I just had to keep reading it. I had to force myself to put it down when I knew I needed to go do something else.
Was this book amazing? Not really. Was it realistic? Good God, no. But it still did the job of a good, light, easy romance read.
I think reading Jude Deveraux's afterward about why she wrote the book and what she was trying to accomplish with it made me appreciate it a little bit more. That she wrote it with purpose, gave the characters depth and realistic personalities (besides the...ya know...sixteenth century, time-traveling hunk...) makes me respect her and her writing more. Although I was frustrated with Dougless, the main character, in the beginning, I grew to love her, because she finally came into her own, even if it did take a 16th century Earl to do so.
The only thing that bothered me with this was the "knight in shining armor" aspect. The fact that Dougless needed Nicholas to realize she was an independent woman. I felt that kind of took away from her as a strong woman. But I see how without it there would be no story. And I do respect the idea that sometimes, we don't need other people to save us, but simply to see the parts of us we can't see ourselves. That helped me to let go of my "I am woman, hear me roar" moment and enjoy the book for what it is - a good, old fashioned, romance novel.(less)
This is a great read if you are looking for a super quick, light, romantic chick-lit read around the holidays, which is exactly what I was looking for...moreThis is a great read if you are looking for a super quick, light, romantic chick-lit read around the holidays, which is exactly what I was looking for.
It's cute, it's Christmas-y, it's romantic, it took me about 3 hours to read, and it has a happy ending, what more do you need to know?
It's definitely not something you read for intellectual stimulation, and it doesn't have quite a lot of depth, but I don't think that's really the point in this case. I think Macomber was just writing a short, sweet, to-the-point romantic comedy. I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been made into a made-for-tv super cheesy Lifetime movie yet....those are my favorite around the holidays! ;-)(less)
I feel like I would probably actually give this book a 2.5 star rating. It starts out pretty annoyingly, actually. The first two or three chapters I a...moreI feel like I would probably actually give this book a 2.5 star rating. It starts out pretty annoyingly, actually. The first two or three chapters I actually wanted to give up right then. It was typical Sophie Kinsella overdrive. Lottie is not likable or relatable at all in the beginning, but thankfully the book switches perspective between Lottie and her sister, Fliss, who has a tad more sense than her sister. And, come to find out, I couldn't put this book down, and had to finish it last night. It's a good, light-hearted read, and not something that is meant to be read with a critical eye. I have to remind myself of that at times, especially when reading Kinsella. She knows she's not writing the next Pulitzer, but that's not her purpose. Kinsella loves to write witty, romantic comedies that serve as the perfect beach read and escape read for just a little bit, and this book does just that. I got to "escape," and although I would never in a million years act as these two sisters acted in this book, I still enjoyed hearing their stories. And thankfully, that's why this book is fiction. :)(less)