Sep 29, 2013

Greetings from the Flipside by Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay

Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's monthlong honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral -- everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it's not that easy to rent a place when you've been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization's humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.

Is there anything in the cards for these two? Find out in the truly original Greetings from the Flipside by authors Rene Gutteridge (Boo) and Cheryl McKay (screenplay for The Ultimate Gift).

I loved the synopsis of this book, and couldn't wait to read it! The story of Hope abandoned at the altar on her wedding day ... simply because the groom can't write a song for her? Sounds like an unusual start to a personal journey for this young bride. Hope jolts out to her car in the midst of a huge rainstorm, and is attacked in the parking lot. What follows is a blur, literally.

There are actually two separate stories running throughout the entire book. One of reality, and one of Hope's dreams as she is in a coma. I found this entire book confusing, unrealistic, and unfortunately not as good as I had hoped. There are definitely some humorous parts, specifically Hope's sense of humour in regards to writing inserts for greeting cards.

Overall, I found it hard to connect with the characters, and the two separate alternating stories were confusing.  As an aside, I likely won't be able to open a can of tuna in the future without thinking of this book. 

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of B&H Books in exchange for my honest review.

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