First Lines: He’d probably forgotten me already. It was a month ago. Practically forever. He definitely wasn’t here tonight.
I’ve only read one other book by Jenn Bennett, and I really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to this one, which was billed as a mystery and a contemporary romance.
Birdie, a mystery aficionado with an active imagination, feels horribly sheltered. Raised and homeschooled by overprotective grandparents, Birdie feels isolated from everyone else her age. The summer before college, she gets a job working graveyard shift at a local hotel. Through this job, Birdie hopes to bloom into an outgoing girl. Daniel, the hotel’s nighttime van driver, volunteers to help her. Daniel shares her sense of adventure and knows of a real mystery taking place at the hotel: a reclusive writer, never seen in public, seems to be having secret meetings there. To solve the mystery, Birdie will need to come out of her shell…and confront her growing feelings for Daniel.
This was really cute, just as I was hoping it would be. Between the mystery and the romance, there was a lot to like.
Birdie is obsessed with mysteries. She basically wants to be the next Hercule Poirot or Columbo. She cannot resist a mystery, especially when her coworker, Daniel, drops one into her lap. She’s an interesting character in many ways, one of which I don’t want to go into detail about because of how it plays into the plot. But it gave her an interesting twist that I’d never read about before. And Daniel is his own kind of interesting, this enigmatic bubbly budding-magician who works as a van driver at the hotel. I found I had a soft spot for him pretty quickly.
The mystery is not the main focus of the story despite how it’s built up, but that’s ok. The mystery was fine and there’s a cool twist with it, but there were times when Birdie’s obsession got a little out of hand. And the romance wasn’t the main focus of the story either. Generally, there’s just a lot going on for Birdie and she needs the time to deal with each thing. So there’s some family drama going on for her as well.
The book is very light and easy to read. I found it enjoyable just to sit and read even just a few pages when I got the chance and not feel like I was missing anything or loosing the flow of the story. It deals with some heavy topics, but it didn’t make the book a downer at all. I liked that balance.
It’s a quirky little story and I liked how it was full of colorful characters, real issues, and good humor.