I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick Lit
Length: 13 hours and 25 minutes
Narrator: Jane Entwistle
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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.
On the story...
This book was almost a miss for me. I just could not believe that anyone in their right mind would grab a cell phone out of the trash. Not only is it unbelievable that she would use it, but it is unbelievable that anyone would start giving out the number as if it is was their phone. So at this point in the book (probably page 5 or so) I had a serious attitude and couldn't really take Poppy seriously. Luckily as the story goes on, I get sucked into the story and I get over the cell phone issue. I actually ended up enjoying Poppy's character because her "personal issue" was a unique one and I loved to see her grow as she battled with it. It's somethingI think many people struggle with. I'm not going to reveal it even though it isn't much of a secret because the moment when it comes up is pretty funny and it truly made me understand Poppy more as I hadn't thought about it before. Even though I grew attached to Poppy, she often bugged me with the seriously stupid things that she did. These were not quirky and funny. It was just stupid.
But all of this would suggest that I didn't enjoy this book and I truly did. It just took awhile. Everything that happens earlier in the book is put into perspective and I loved every moment of that. Plus, best of all... the ROMANCE in this was so sweet. There isn't a lot actually and I can't tell you anything about it, but everything about it made me want to melt. It was so sweet but it wasn't sappy. Every word spoken just really reeled me in. It alone would make this a book worth reading.
On the narrator...
Unfortunately, I would suggest reading this and not listening. Ms. Entwistle's voice for Poppy was so whiny. The voice in combination with the silly/stupid things Poppy sometimes did had me gritting my teeth at times.
This is a book worth reading (not listening) for the second half of the book alone. It is so worth it. You just have to get to it.
P.S. There are footnotes. This is annoying. Authors should not do this. More about this phenomenon later.