June 11, 2021
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Friendship, Chick-Lit
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A new release from the author of Waiting For Tom Hanks, Kerry Winfrey. Thirty-something Teddy Phillips works at a vintage toy store. She has just been unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend and her guilty pleasures are Taco Bell takeout, Bath and Body Works pumpkin pecan waffle scented candles, couch pillows, and watching a children’s (muppet) TV show hosted by Everett St. James, a hot and irresistible Mr. Rogers. Everett often reads letters from children who write to him with questions, so one day Teddy decides to email Everett with her own questions. Everett is charmed by her emails and Teddy appreciates his sensible and wise advice. They develop a lovely online friendship, and Everett suggests they meet. Before they can arrange it, their worlds accidentally collide (meet-cute gone wrong). Of course only one of them knows the truth. As this story is inspired by You’ve Got Mail, we can predict that their identities will be fully revealed and then they will need to navigate a new IRL relationship.
You’ve Got Mail meets irresistible Mr. Rogers…
Writing: Of course, Very Sincerely Yours is extremely predictable because it’s inspired by a well-known trope and in the romance genre. However, it’s also charming, light, easy reading with quirky characters, witty banter, closed-door romance, and minimal profanity. Perfect chick-lit for a reader looking for these elements. I loved the inclusion of the actual email correspondence and, for me, the epistolary format enhances the reading experience.
Themes: In this gentle story, there are thoughtful themes including finding your voice, finding and pursuing your passion or calling, supportive friendships, letting go of a toxic relationship, taking a chance, and taking a risk to do something scary every day, I love that Teddy and Everett have one significant difference: Teddy has yet to find her calling or passion while Everett has known he wanted to create puppets and help children through his stories since he was four years old.
Recommended: Very Sincerely Yours is ideal for fans of light romcom, and for those who prefer closed-door romance and limited profanity. A solid and enjoyable beach, vacation, or weekend read. For me, it was more enjoyable than Waiting For Tom Hanks.
My Rating: 3 Stars
Meet the Author, Kerry Winfrey
Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at welcometoladyville.com. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.
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