I received a gifted galley of VERY SINCERELY YOURS by Kerry Winfrey for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 6/15/2021
Rating: 3.5 / 5
VERY SINCERELY YOURS begins with Teddy, a young woman with a bad taste in men. She’s just getting out of a very bad relationship with a man who really took over her life. Teddy hasn’t really had time to be on her own, so she moves in with her friends and develops a plan to take back over her own life. Part of this is to conquer her fears and do things that scare her. First step is reaching out by email to a man she only knows from his TV show, Everett.
Everett has always known he wanted to work with puppets and he has made his dream a reality with a children’s show where he entertains and also addresses kids’ fears and feelings. He’s not used to getting emails from adults, but Teddy’s correspondence sparks and interest and the two soon become friends with the potential for more if they can manage to meet and overcome the challenges of real life.
This was a very sweet read and I enjoyed it. It was a nice break from some of the heavier books I was reading at the time and I read through it very quickly. The banter between Teddy and Everett over email was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing Teddy open herself up a bit more.
I will have to say I was frustrated at times with both characters. Teddy’s struggles with her self esteem and the ways she put up with how her ex treated her were sometimes tough to read. Everett has a single mindedness which has served him well in making his puppeteering dream a reality, but if often comes at the expense of those around him. He is quick to assume that those he cares about are on the same page with him even when they’re entirely not. Both Teddy and Everett had a good amount of growth in this book with more yet to do.
Overall this was a fun read! VERY SINCERELY YOURS is out today!