The first book by Rainbow Rowell, author of the best-selling book, Landline

Attachments of the Heart

Before there were apps like Grouper, Tinder, and OKCupid, there were websites like and eHarmony.  Before that, well, we had to do it the old-fashioned way.  We had to go to clubs, get set up, or hope that fate intervened and plopped that perfect someone right in our path.  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell manages to slip its charming love story somewhere in between.

The Story

Y2K is looming on the horizon and internet security is top priority for The Courier newspaper.  Lincoln O’Neill is hired to police office e-mails and put a stop to any internet shenanigans.  While checking the web filter, he comes across the electronic conversations of co-workers and best friends Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder.

Lincoln is intrigued by their conversations.  Instead of turning them in, however, he keeps reading.  The more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for Beth.

My Thoughts

Okay, writing the synopsis, he sounds like a big psycho-stalker.   Reading the story, though, it’s not at all like that.  The book was charming, funny  and filled with likable characters.  The story was told in a combination of e-mails between Beth and Jennifer and 3rd person narrative about Lincoln.  Unlike Orphan Train, a recent read of mine which also switched perspectives, Attachments was very well-done.  I truly enjoyed this unique take on finding love with technology in the pre-smartphone era.

Happy reading!

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