Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey | Audiobook Review

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey | Audiobook ReviewVery Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey
Narrator: Patti Murin
Length: 10 Hours 5 Minutes
Also by this author: The Future She Left Behind, Not Like the Movies
Published by Penguin on November 5, 2021
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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four-stars

A charming and heartwarming new romantic comedy by the acclaimed author of Waiting for Tom Hanks, Kerry Winfrey.

Teddy Phillips never thought she would still be spending every day surrounded by toys at almost thirty years old. But working at a vintage toy store is pretty much all she has going on in her life after being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend. The one joy that she has kept is her not-so-guilty pleasure: Everett's Place, a local children's show hosted by Everett St. James, a man whom Teddy finds very soothing . . . and, okay, cute.

Teddy finds the courage to write to him, feeling slightly like one of the children who write to him on his show. He always gives sound advice and seems like he has everything figured out--and he pretty much does: Everett has a great support system, wonderful friends, and his dream job. But there is still that persistent feeling in the back of his mind that something is missing.

When a woman named Theodora starts writing to Everett, he is drawn to her honesty and vulnerability. They continue writing to each other, all the while living their lives without meeting. When their worlds collide, however, they must both let go of their fears and figure out what they truly want--and if the future they want includes each other.

Why Did I Listen To Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey?

Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey is a book that I picked up because I kind of knew what to expect. After all, I’d previously read Waiting For Tom Hanks and Not Like The Movies. More to the point, I’ve only experienced her books via audio. So, I knew going in that was exactly the kind of experience I wanted to have again. Also, my life had been so stressful that I just wanted an easy to follow audiobook.

What’s The Story Here?

Very Sincerely Yours is about an almost thirty year old woman named Teddy Phillips who works at a vintage toy store. The book opens up with Teddy who has just decorated the apartment she shares with her boyfriend and is making him a very special dinner. She thinks he is going to propose. Turns out, he’s a massive jerk, and dumps her. Now Teddy is adrift. She’s spent basically her whole adulthood as a helpmeet to the boyfriend and in a dead-end job. So, she ends up rooming with some friends at their apartment.

As I said, Teddy is adrift, but she takes joy in this children’s tv show hosted by Everett St. James who is both soothing and cute. So, struggling, Teddy begins to write letters to Everett and he writes back. Through the letters, they are honest and open. Their lives bump up against each other, but they don’t meet. That is, until they do. Then they must decide what they want and how their futures will go. Can Everett find what he’s been missing? Will Teddy finally figure out the direction she wants her life to go in?

What Did I Think Of Very Sincerely Yours?

I genuinely enjoyed Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey. Romantic comedies are my jam. I found that I could relate to Teddy having also experienced a breakup of a longtime relationship — I was 27 at the time and feeling adrift as well. Like Teddy, I came out the other end and things ended up so much better than I could have expected. I thought that Winfrey wrote Teddy’s story with empathy and in a non-judgemental fashion. Also, I liked that this was not a very spicy read — made it not at all awkward to listen to while driving and on my return to work.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Very Sincerely Yours is narrated by Patti Murin. It is 10 hours and 5 minutes long. I listened to it sped up — as this was before I started listening to audiobooks back at 1x speed. Although I listened to this one sped up, turns out, months later writing this review, I managed to retain more than I thought. Murin was a new to me narrator and one I will be sure to check out more in the future. But also, what a testament to how wonderful this book was for me that I managed to remember quite a bit from.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I didn’t realize that she had a third book out! I’ve heard good things about Not Like the Movies and this sounds like a wonderful story about Teddy finding herself again.

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