Poppy Wyatt, 29, is about to be married to Magnus Tavish. Poppy is dazzled by the fact that she, a physiotherapist, has snagged Magnus, who is a Fellow at King’s College London, and is from a family of intellectual over-achievers. She feels intimidated by them, but resolves to “better” herself to win their respect.
As the story begins, she is at a pre-wedding girls event at a hotel, and through a series of unfortunate events, manages to lose her heirloom engagement ring. Then her cell phone gets stolen. She sees an abandoned phone in the hotel lobby trash, and in desperation, decides to use it until her phone is recovered.
The phone turns out to belong to the former Personal Assistant of a businessman, Sam Roxton, and she is soon inundated with messages for Sam. Then Sam himself calls. He tries to get his phone back, but she begs to keep it for a couple more days, since she has now given this number out as a contact number in case her ring is found. She promises Sam to forward all his messages until he arranges to have his data switched to a new number.
But of course Poppy reads through Sam’s messages, and soon thinks she should start answering them, because Sam seems to be ignoring them. Catastrophes ensue, and before long, Poppy is involved in the thick of Sam’s business, and he in the thick of her relationship with Magnus.
Evaluation: This story is absolutely predictable, yet totally charming and and a joy to read. The dialogue is full of funny repartee and the characters are endearing.
Published by The Dial Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, 2012