PopSugar Reading Challenge: A Book Set On An Island

Keep Me Posted appeals to the child in me who waited at the mailbox – I love the romantic idea of letter writing but I’m not so great at the execution.  Most of the time I struggle to return emails on time and my mail mostly consists of bills along with a hefty amount of Tupperware from eBay so reading  a novel about people who start writing each other letters almost seems like science fiction.

keep me posted

Synopsis (from GoodReads)

Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.

It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?

The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.

But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…

What I Loved

Cassie was an amazingly well rounded character that you rooted for even when she was doing all the wrong things because her motivations were always really clear.  I also thought this book did a fantastic job at articulating that panicky new mum mindset, the ‘what-have-I-gotten-myself-into-itis’ that we all go struggle through. It all culminated in a well written finale that tied everything up in a bow while avoiding the usual schmaltz of your typical chick lit.

What I Didn’t Love

Being the digital girl that I am I didn’t find Sid to be an engaging character and would have preferred her to be less of a Luddite. I just didn’t connect with her at all which made her letters a little boring. Unfortunately as her letters make up a great portion of the book I spent quite a bit of time wishing I could skip them.

 

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

I received a copy of Keep Me Posted by Linda Beazley free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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