I really enjoyed this even though it is very similar in tone to books by Sophie Kinsella. In fact, the plot of this story is remarkably close to that of Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number. But no matter; it had enough differences to be entertaining, if, of course, quite predictable. And the differences add a lot of fun to the plot; it is set in the U.S. for one thing, and in Arizona, with the protagonist, Lanie Howard, being a rabid fan of the Arizona Cardinals. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald even gets a cameo role, and it involves a hilarious episode with Lanie. But on the whole, it’s almost a “retelling” of I’ve Got Your Number.
Lanie, 27, is a realtor, and about to get married to an “ideal” man, her boss, Evan Carter. That is, she thinks he’s ideal, but we readers (and Lanie’s friends) all know he is far from it. Into the picture enters Wes Campbell, who is an architect and friend of Evan’s parents. Immediately we can see Wes would be a more simpatico mate for Lanie. We only have to wait for the story to play out to see if and when she will realize it as well.
There is the usual supportive BFF and in this case the complication of the “Someday Jar,” a jar Lanie started long ago containing folded up slips of papers with a “bucket list” of things to do before she got married.
It’s a cute story, even if I felt I knew its parameters well. It has a number of laugh-out-loud moments, and is the perfect read for an interlude between heavier books.
Published by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015