Challenge criteria: A book written by someone you admire.
It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.
What I liked:
I absolutely loved this book. I adored the closeness between Beth and Jennifer – I know first hand how having someone in work you can rant to will make it more bearable.
I loved how supportive Lincoln’s sister Evie was when he decided to turn his life around. I loved his little friendship with Donna in the break room, and how Lincoln really came out of his shell as the novel progressed.
This book will really spark nostalgia for some people who remember what life was like before the internet completely took over.
What I didn’t like:
I felt like Lincoln’s job wasn’t entirely above board. I also felt his mother was a bit of a busy body – but then again, aren’t most mams?
Out of five?:
Five. This was the first book of 2017 that I really enjoyed reading. My only gripe is that my copy was absolutely destroyed by some coffee and it’s now in a bit of a sorry state.