Total predictability did not diminish the appeal of this beach-read/romance with a touch of the Irish in it.
Francesca (“Frankie”) Rowley is a struggling literary agent in Dublin, involved in a relationship with calculating, manipulative Gary Elverson, managing director of a big publishing house. Gary convinces Frankie to fly to San Francisco to try and get a contract for Gary with a famous but reclusive writer.
Frankie loses her phone on the plane, and rents a holiday phone at the airport on the advice of her new friend from the trip over, Rosie Kelly. But the rental phone apparently still uses a number previously assigned; Frankie starts getting text messages meant for someone else. Before long, Frankie’s life is a bit out of control, taking turns she never would have anticipated.
Evaluation: This is the perfect confection for an airplane or day at the beach. The book is very cute with delightful (if not exactly all that realistic) characters, and I loved the bits of Irish syntax and culture framing the story.
Published by Penguin Ireland, a division of Penguin Books Ltd, 2012