Very Sincerely Yours
Author: Kerry Winfrey
What I’m Talking About:
Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey was the perfect start to my summer reading. It was sweet and quirky, without sending me into a sugar coma. If you like the movie You’ve Got Mail or are a fan of rom-coms in general, you will enjoy this book. The characters, with their baggage, are relatable, even to this 40 something mom of 5 because we’ve all got it, but these characters didn’t get lost in the melodrama that often follows characters trying to rediscover themselves after a major life upset. Instead they deal with all the “stuff” with heart and humor, and they find their Happily Ever After.
The secondary characters are the perfect accent to Teddy and Everett’s story, giving it depth, dimension, color, and even occasional chaos. Teddy’s ex-boyfriend is completely unlikeable, and it’s a joy to watch Teddy discover that with the help of well meaning friends and family who guide her but don’t push her around. The secondary crew is great at adding to without taking away or commandeering the storyline, which would have easily happened with more heavy-handed characters.
There are so many things I enjoyed about Very Sincerely Yours: I had literal laugh out loud moments several times while reading; I loved the sweet reconnection Teddy find with friends and family as she rediscovers who she is sans the stupid ex; Everett’s heart, humor, and true understanding of children, his adoration for his family and his struggle to figure out where he belongs. His traits are endearing without making him appear weak and were a great counterbalance to Teddy’s struggles. There were a number of other things I loved about Very Sincerely Yours, but I’m afraid if I say much more I’ll spoil it for future readers.
All you really need to know about this lovely novel is: if you’re looking for a lighthearted, colorful, feel good read you’ll want to pick up this book.
My Rating: A, Loved it!
About the Book:
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.
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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