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Reviewed by Colleen Turner

Lincoln has spent the last ten years immersed in college studies, earning degree after degree to avoid having to really “do” anything with his life. He has never quite gotten over his high school girlfriend who he followed blindly to college and who subsequently dumped him for a drama student. Without the natural ability to socialize and easily interact with people, he has no idea what his next step should be.

After moving back home to live with his slightly overbearing mother, he takes a night job working internet security at a local paper. One of his main jobs is to monitor all emails flagged as violating the company’s policies and send warnings to violators regarding content. He hates it. One day he reads an email correspondence between two female employees and is instantly drawn to these women. He knows he should send them a warning but enjoys their banter so much he doesn’t want them to stop.

Beth and Jennifer know that their work email is monitored but seem convinced that they are somehow beating the system. They discuss everything: Jennifer’s utter disbelief that her husband wants to have a baby and complete bewilderment when she turns up pregnant; Beth’s disillusionment at her rocker boyfriend’s inability to commit; how to hide Beth’s giggly arms in the bridesmaid’s dress she is being made to wear to her younger sister’s wedding. Nothing seems to be too minute or two all consuming for these two to discuss.

Lincoln soon feels he is crossing some sort of line by continually reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to each other but cannot pull himself away. He has begun to think of these women as friends and soon finds that he is falling in love with Beth despite the fact that she has a boyfriend and he has never met her. The women’s exchanges start making him feel like anything is possible and maybe he can have a life worth living, maybe even one worth living with Beth. But how will he ever work up the nerve to speak to her? And once he does, how will he explain that he already knows so much about her when she knows nothing about him?

I really enjoyed Attachments! The chapters are broken up into email strands between Beth and Jennifer and a paragraph format following Lincoln’s storyline. Beth and Jennifer’s correspondence goes from hilarious to poignant and you can see how reading these episodes could make someone feel like they were already friends with these women. The only downfall to me was the inevitable meeting of Beth and Lincoln, which felt a little forced.

Overall, I found it a sweet story of how a shy and gentle giant named Lincoln learned to love again and how two women built a friendship that allowed them to conquer the obstacles in their lives and find happiness where they least expected it.

Rating: 4/5

Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son and pet fish. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.

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