Lia Louis

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Tekijän teokset

Eight Perfect Hours (2021) 344 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Dear Emmie Blue (2020) 297 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
The Key to My Heart (2022) 83 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Better Left Unsent: A Novel (2024) 22 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Somewhere Close to Happy (2019) 20 kappaletta

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Millie Chandler had no intention of ever sending all the emails she wrote for the purpose of venting, but somehow, all 100 plus were sent in some sort of computer glitch. Millie is devastated, not only because they were sent, but also because of the havoc they wreak in the lives of others. She apologizes in every way that she can think of, but so many people are still not speaking to her. When her crush, Jack Spurlock comes along and tells her that she shouldn't worry so much about what people think of her, she starts to wonder if he might just be right.

Some parts of Better Left Unsent don't click for me. The mistakenly sent messages trope is done more romantically in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. This book focuses more on the way the emails effect the other people in Millie's life, and frustratingly, some are left underexplored. The romance is definitely a subplot, so we learn very little about Jack who is supposed to be the love interest, but his part of the story is more about offering advice and seems superficial. Also, the humor mostly falls flat, making this more of a romantic drama than romantic comedy. Overall, Better Left Unsent is a mildly enjoyable read, but offers nothing new to the genre.
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ftbooklover | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 17, 2024 |
Better Left Unsent by Lia Louis
Contemporary romance, chick lit. Location - United Kingdom, Leigh-on-Sea.
Two years ago, Millie Chandler had her heart broken. And everyone knew about it. Since then, she’s kept her feelings and dreams to herself. She doesn’t want to go through another humiliating event. To deal with her feelings, she writes emails that will not be sent. Private emails where she can express her frustration, her anger, her hurt, and her interest.
A server outage at work somehow ends up with all those emails being sent and Millie is in trouble. Her coworkers know she still loves her ex. Her best friend knows how upset she is with her behavior. The list goes on and on. Millie can’t afford to quit her job and hide in bed for a year. Time to fake it and deal with the consequences.

What a nightmare! I have a lot of those emails myself. They are cathartic. But never send one! Time for me to review and make sure there aren’t any legitimate Send To addresses in those.
Responses around Millie are interesting. The ex’s new relationship seems to implode because of her email. And the hot crush is now talking to her!
Humor, light self derogatory dialog, and hope. Provocative.

I received a copy of this from NetGalley.
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Madison_Fairbanks | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 30, 2024 |
Noelle Batterby is on her way home from a school reunion that didn’t go as planned because of a heavy snowfall. She is now stuck on the motorway for who knows how long (eight hours, perfect ones as it turns out), her phone is about to run out of power and she is worried about her mother at home. She wishes she hadn’t even bothered with the reunion – until Sam, the handsome American stranger in the car next to hers comes to her rescue, lends her his phone charger and they end up spending the rest of the night chatting in his car.

After that, he is gone out of her life, apparently forever. But life has different plans for them and Noelle and Sam keep finding themselves thrown together. There are problems though – Sam’s girlfriend Jenna, back home in America, and Noelle’s ex-boyfriend Ed, who has reappeared on the scene, not to mention her agoraphobic mother and a brother who’s still dreaming of being a huge rock star.

Will Noelle and Sam find their way to each other despite all the turmoil? Listen and find out! (Although if that synopsis doesn’t give you a clue, you’ve obviously never read chick-lit before.)

I really enjoyed listening to this book, even though I felt I knew how it would turn out pretty much as soon as it started. The narrator Emma Powell did a lovely job as Noelle, although I did feel that some of her other character’s voices were a bit off (primarily Sam, who was male and American). But I have no real complaints about her narration and would certainly listen to other books she reads in future.

Noelle was a great character who I rooted for throughout. I also liked her best friends Charlie and Theo, as well as her mother. I did not like or trust Ed, and I don’t think the reader/listener was meant to. I’m not sure how Noelle’s brother Dilly was meant to be received, but personally I was irritated by him. He was a a lazy waster who basically left everything up to his sister, and I wanted him to get his comeuppance.

Even though the ending was somewhat predictable, I liked how the book made Noelle into a fully rounded character; it would have been easy not to. It was very sweet and an easy listen, and I will look out for more audiobooks by Lia Louis.
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Ruth72 | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 5, 2024 |
Chance and choice: how much control do we really have over our future? This is a story about fate, the stars, and several serendipitous meetings, but, ultimately, it’s about the connections we make with other people—whether it’s a red thread connection or a stardust connection.

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” —ancient Chinese proverb
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lizallenknapp | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 20, 2024 |



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