Siri Mitchell is an author I have really come to enjoy, so when I saw the opportunity to request one of her books, I jumped at it. I wasn’t disappointed!
What made this story fun was how the main character, Ellis Eton, pretended to be her friend, by doing her job for her while she needed to be away. Forget about the fact that she didn’t really know how to do the job, and forget that she actually was awful at it for awhile… she looked so much like her friend that she actually got away with it! The story lines were a little bit hard to follow at times, because you had the friend (who came and went), Ellis, Griffon (who was not exactly a friend to Ellis for the better part of the book), and family members with their own peculiarities. Overall though, it was a really great book to read!
On her first day doing her friends’ job, she overhears a conversation and believes that the two guys are talking about how they’re going to kill someone that she knows. The rest of the book is all about how she’s trying to figure out who the two guys were, when they’re going to do it, and how to stop it! Of course she keeps running into people who call her by her real name, and that makes it hard for her to keep the pretense of being her friend, but while that was a challenge for her at times, it really did go well overall. She’s able to do the two weeks she promised, more time when her friend lets her know that she’ll be gone even longer, and ultimately is there when the story plays out. Spoiler alert: no one dies. What she heard was NOT a plan to kill someone, but to injure them. But the way she “jumps in” to try to keep anyone from dying is very well written. I really enjoyed that part of the story!
The book is filled with funny situations, and it ends with a proposal that’s accepted (which makes for one very happy couple!). I would absolutely recommend that you pick it up and read!
At the end of the book is a note from the author, explaining how she was very intentional about giving Ellis the kind of mind that would later be described as ADHD. She “was curious to see what her era would have done with a person who just couldn’t concentrate no matter how hard she tried”. I thought it was all very well explained, and that whole section of the book had all sorts of information I had never heard before. I appreciated that it was included.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to say anything positive, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.