5 Stars - I loved it!
I enjoyed Landline by this author, so I thought I’d try her first book about Beth and her friend/newspaper coworker Jennifer and Lincoln, the night-shift IT guy charged with monitoring the paper’s office e-mail for rule violations. Beth and Jennifer share many personal emails which Lincoln begins to see flagged for review, but he likes reading them and, seeing no major violations, he doesn’t send either worker warning notifications. As time goes by, he can’t help but continue reading the emails, and his feelings for Beth grow even though he knows from the emails that she has a boyfriend and he’s never actually seen her face to face. Things escalate when Beth starts referring to the Cute Guy she’s been getting glimpses of at work and ultimately Lincoln realizes she’s talking about him. The story could have gone every which way bad, but Rowell turns it into a warm and charming (and funny) story full of wonderful characters and Lincoln is so sympathetically drawn in all of his relationships that the reader can’t help but hope for a happily ever after.