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.(Synopsis from B&N.com)
Hardcover, Random House, 448 pages
Poppy Wyatt’s day is really going badly. She has lost the antique betrothal ring her fiancé Magnus gave her and her phone has been stolen. She thinks her luck has changed when she finds a perfectly good phone stuck in the waste bin and so she confiscates it. The phone rings, she answers it pretending to be an automated reply, listens to a cryptic message, and writes it down on an old Lion King program.
The phone belongs to Sam Roxton ( or his PA) and he lets Poppy know that he wants the phone back but she refuses. She agrees that she will forward all of his messages until she no longer needs the phone. Thus begins a relationship that is quirky to say the least. As Poppy gets more and more into Sam’s life via his phone, she starts meddling with good, and sometimes bad, results. In the meantime, Poppy is dealing with the lost ring, her not so happy future in-laws, and a bridal planner from h*ll.
Sam helps with the ring debacle and little by little Poppy becomes part of his life. Sam has some heavy stuff going on at his workplace which Poppy may be able to help him with. There are some interesting twists towards the end of the book.
This is a lovely story of two people literally falling into love. There is sweetness to the relationship which makes the story easy to read. Both characters are likeable (maybe not Sam at first) and they find themselves leaning on each other for support with their problems. The secondary characters are fleshed out and add a lot to the book. I especially liked the little footnotes on the bottom of the pages.
This is my favorite Kinsella book since Can You Keep a Secret.