Synopsis from Goodreads: Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
My thoughts: I selected Attachments because it looked like a fairly lighthearted look at the way that we communicate in the workplace. I don’t know about you, but email is an essential part of my workday.
I was expecting a lighthearted read and got it, and so much more. Much of the novel takes place in the form of emails being exchanged between Beth and Jennifer. There is a bit of narrative to fill in the blanks about them, but most of the narrative tells us about Lincoln.
Rowell has created realistic characters in a situation that is probably not as far-fetched as we might think. In this day and age where so many relationships are forged and maintained online, I could see parts of this story becoming reality.
I was really rooting for each of them to get what they ultimately wanted in their lives. The path to achievement was filled with emotion and a few surprises. I was happy with the end result.
This debut author has done a good job and I look for more good things to come in the future.
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