I wish that I had enjoyed this more, because it’s pretty adorable. Both lead characters are sweethearts, and their romance has the kind of meet cute that I LOVE. There’s a lot of good stuff going on in the second half, but it had unfortunately already lost me at that point. Our heroine’s complete and utter lack of self-esteem are a part of the storyline, but it actually stressed me out how little confidence she had in herself – she takes doormat to another level. Not exactly what I want from a low angst read. And the romance? Takes a long, LONG time to kick in. We’re talking ZERO connection for about a third of the book – and that’s before the emailing even starts. So, while there’s a lot to like about this and the writing is strong in many ways, this just didn’t work for me.
The story follows Teddy, a woman who feels like she’s floundering. She’s nearly thirty, working at a toy store, and still isn’t quite sure what she wants to do with her life. When Teddy’s longtime boyfriend breaks up with her, it’s a wake up call. She needs to make some changes. One thing that brings Teddy a lot of comfort is Everett, who gives out great advice to kids on his Mister Rogers-style show. What starts as one email asking Everett for advice becomes a connection that Teddy never expected, and she finds herself gaining the confidence to live for herself. And when those emails take a turn for the romantic, Teddy discovers that Everett might be the answer to what’s missing in her life.
On paper, this sounds like the perfect low angst rom com for me. I love a unique meet cute, and falling in love via letters or emails is seriously one of my favorite things in romance. I even love a slow burn and a cinnamon roll hero. This just… wasn’t any of that. The romance is really lacking, and it almost felt like an afterthought in this journey of self-discovery. I liked Everett a lot more than I liked Teddy, because he at least has some confidence in himself – even if he is a little clueless at times, lol. But I wasn’t ever able to connect to Teddy, and that’s a major problem in a book where her journey is front and center. This just felt drawn out and a little tedious, only improving marginally once the romance kicked in. And that’s a shame, because I liked the writing and many of themes that are explored.
A charming and heartwarming new romantic comedy by the acclaimed author of Waiting for Tom Hanks, Kerry Winfrey.
Teddy Phillips never thought she would still be spending every day surrounded by toys at almost thirty years old. But working at a vintage toy store is pretty much all she has going on in her life after being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend. The one joy that she has kept is her not-so-guilty pleasure: Everett’s Place, a local children’s show hosted by Everett St. James, a man whom Teddy finds very soothing . . . and, okay, cute.
Teddy finds the courage to write to him, feeling slightly like one of the children who write to him on his show. He always gives sound advice and seems like he has everything figured out—and he pretty much does: Everett has a great support system, wonderful friends, and his dream job. But there is still that persistent feeling in the back of his mind that something is missing.
When a woman named Theodora starts writing to Everett, he is drawn to her honesty and vulnerability. They continue writing to each other, all the while living their lives without meeting. When their worlds collide, however, they must both let go of their fears and figure out what they truly want—and if the future they want includes each other.
About the Author:
Kerry Winfrey writes romantic comedies for adults and teens. She is the author of Love and Other Alien Experiences, Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It, Waiting for Tom Hanks, and Not Like the Movies. When she’s not writing, she’s likely baking yet another pie or watching far too many romantic comedies. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in the middle of Ohio.
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