i was lucky enough to participate in a book swap over at a pretty place to play. i was eventually paired up with elsie from little sprout growing, and i anxiously and excitedly waited for my book to arrive.
the book i read for the swap was can you keep a secret? by sophie kinsella. i hate to admit this, but i am going to start off by saying this: i was very, very nervous when i first opened the package and saw this book. my husband had bought me confessions of a shopaholic (also by sophie kinsella) a few years ago- and i read it and i really didn't like it. it was supposed to be a cutesy story, but i found myself absolutely loathing the main character- i was totally unsympathetic to her plight and it ruined the entire book for me. i dreaded i would feel the same way about this book..
about the book: can you keep a secret centers around the main character, emma corrigan. emma is single (but with a "perfect" boyfriend), working for a marketing company (hoping to get a promised promotion), and always living in the shadow of her cousin. after blowing a big presentation on her first solo business trip, she boards a plane back home, feeling pretty dejected. fate finds her bumped to business class- and when the plane experiences turbulence, feeling that she's going to die, emma shares every last secret from the funny to the serious with her handsome seatmate. emma's world is turned upside down when that stranger turns out to be the ceo of her company.
my thoughts: i needed this book. i have acquired a lot of books about babies, and my rule has been to alternate those books with books of my choice. my last 2 personal non-baby/parenting picks have dealt with really serious subject matters, and i needed something light. i also enjoyed that it was a quick, easy read (it took me a week instead of months to finish). once i started, i had a hard time putting it down! i found myself reading a couple nights after 1 am... oops. i thought the book asked some good questions- what would you do if someone divulged every one of their secrets to you? would you tell all your secrets to your spouse/best friend/significant other? do you keep secrets from your spouse/bf/so? is it safe to keep secrets like emma kept because she knew that telling the person would hurt their feelings? is anyone without secrets? while i can only answer these questions for myself- i do think that everyone has different answers to these questions. i don't think that anyone can ever be "secret-free" for too long.
so to elsie, thank you for sending me this book! i really enjoyed it... and i learned (again) to not judge a book by its