I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Fiction/Romance, Published February 2012
Read: March 2012, 433 pp.
Challenges: NetGalley Reading Challenge 2012
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.
I’ve really enjoyed all the books I’ve read from Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham, but her stand-alones published under Kinsella are my absolute favorite and this one did not disappoint! Poppy was a fun heroine from the moment she picked up the abandoned phone from the ‘bin.’
When Poppy realizes that the result of “oooh can I wear your ring?’ turns into a free-for-all/fire alarm debacle, and it suddenly goes missing, she is in a panic to get it back. When all the guests flee from the building and she runs out to contact all her friends, and her phone is stolen from her clasp, she really starts in a panic…her whole life is in that phone! In today’s world, we can certainly all relate to that at times! But what if you had to share that phone with someone else? When Poppy happens to find a phone with no apparent owner, she takes it up as her own, not knowing the drama she will find on the other end!
I loved all the characters and felt that Poppy and Sam’s relationship was totally believable. The footnotes were hilarious – a bit hard to follow on my kindle, but well worth it! If you haven’t tried Sophie Kinsella, you don’t know what you’re missing!
Quotes (taken from ARC, will revise when I get a hard copy):
Professors Antony Tavish and Wanda Brook-Tavish are, at this precise moment, flying back from six months’ sabbatical in Chicago. I can picture them now, eating honey-roasted peanuts and reading academic papers on their his ‘n’ her kindles. I honestly don’t know which of them is more intimidating.
And what impressed me the most was: There were so many footnotes. I’ve totally got into them. Aren’t they handy? You just bung them in whenever you want and instantly look clever.
Oh God. How did I get myself into this? Number one, I can’t sing. Number two, what do I sing to a Japanese businessman I’ve never met before? Number three, why did I say singing telegram?
There are some things you just don’t share. I mean, Magnus has seen every inch of my body, including the dodgy bits, but I would never, ever let him near my phone…All side by side; all touching one another. I’ve never shared an inbox with anyone in my life. i didn’t expect it to feel so…intimate.
OK. I know I’ve been nosy. But once you start reading other people’s emails, you can’t stop. You have to know what’s happened. It’s been quite addictive, scrolling down the endless strings of back-and-forth emails and working out the stories. Always backward. Like rewinding little spools of life.
Thanks to NetGalley and The Dial Press/Random House for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.