3.5 cutsie stars
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This story had quite a bit of charm Essie Phillips is a lucky girl. She has a man she loves, an upcoming marriage, and lots of life happening things opening up before her eyes. All is perfect, well…outside the fact that her future mother in law hates her but other than that (and the fact she works for said upcoming MIL), life looks wonderful.
Did you ever receive one of those holiday letters informing the world of how truly awesome the sender’s life was? They have the perfect life, the super successful children, a husband who is devoted, vacations, and on and on. Don’t you sometimes wish you could send a letter that told the truth? That your life wasn’t that great, that you were getting fat, that your bird died, and that you hate you mother in law? Of course you would never send it though. Well Essie decides to have some fun and writes a letter that tells the truth, never in a million years intending to send it. But, as is often the case a mistake happens and zoom that letter is sent and the damage is done. Essie’s life is over, well, not really, but she now has to move on and move on she does.
Essie moves to another town and meets a bevy of likeable characters and her life which looked desperately awful turns into something she never expected.
This was a charming story, a lovely sweet tale where when you are at your lowest the only place you can go is up. So if you are in need of a pleasant read, one to take to the beach, the pool, or on vacation, this might be the one for you. It is a bit contrived but hey who doesn’t like a book where you can enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of a sacchariferous story?
Thank you to Jill Mansell, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, and NetGalley for a copy of this cute tale.
Jill Mansell’s books have sold over ten million copies and her titles include: Making your Mind up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief and Solo, among many others.