Have you ever read a book and within the first few pages you felt like it was written just for you? That's how I felt about Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey and even now my heart is so full thinking about it and I already want to re-read it!
|Pub Date: 6-15-21|
Adult - Contemporary
When her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her rather than proposing, Theodora "Teddy" Phillips is left facing the fact that she has no idea what to do with her life. She's spent years focused on supporting the wants and needs of one person receiving next to nothing in return. Teddy has never been one to forge her path, always content to go along with whatever other people thought was best for her, and now she's pushing thirty, working at a vintage toy store, and left to move in with her two best friends in what is essentially a closet. The only happiness Teddy finds is through watching a local children's show hosted by Everett St. James. While the show is more geared towards teaching kids how to deal with their feelings and offering moral lessons with the aid of animal puppets, Teddy can't help but find comfort in Everett's calm and supportive demeanor. On a whim, and after being convinced by her friends to break out of her shell, Teddy emails Everett asking for advice. Not expecting a reply, Teddy is pleasantly surprised when Everett answers, and soon the pair strike up an email correspondence, and Teddy can't help but develop feelings with each increasingly charming reply.
Everett has always been a workaholic. He'd rather spend every waking moment planning his local TV show or designing a new puppet amongst the endless take-out containers littering his kitchen table. Everett has always fancied the idea of a relationship but knows his brain can never shut off long enough to get to know someone. While he takes pride in what his hard work has achieved, in the back of his mind he knows there are experiences he's been missing out on. So when he gets a random email from a woman named Theodora asking for advice, he's shocked to fall so easily into conversation with someone he's never even met before. Soon the emails become the highlight of both his and Teddy's days and they each find themselves falling for the other, but will their virtual attraction translate to real life?You've Got Mail is my go-to comfort film and this is now my go-to comfort book. While there's no rivalry aspect here, two strangers are falling in love via email and I was here for every moment of it. I sacrificed sleep because I couldn't pull myself away but at the same time never wanted it to end. I saw so much of myself in both characters--from Teddy's need to please everyone and her Taco Bell obsession to Everett's love of the Muppets--which made me fully invested in their lives and made me root for them to get their HEA. Teddy and Everett were such a joy to follow and their relationship felt so natural and effortless. I loved all the email exchanges and had a smile on my face the entire time reading them. Of course, there were some corny bits, but I thought they made this feel more endearing. My only tiny gripe was that this does fall into that category of having a young character that acts/talks like they're middle-aged and there was the occasional abuse of exclamation points. Other than that, this was utterly charismatic and delightful and it's absolutely a new favorite of mine.