In a continuing theme of always giving books a chance, we have The One Who Love You by Pippa Grant that almost lost me at the beginning but then won me over shortly thereafter. Read on!
Blurb: If the Upper East Side had an evil twin, it would be Tickled Pink, Wisconsin. This run-down, backwoods town isn’t worthy of the footprint of my Louboutins, never mind all of me.
But when my grandmother has a near-death experience and realizes we Lightlys can’t buy our way into heaven, she relocates the family to Tickled Pink to work on improving our souls. And that’s how I trade my heiress existence for gigantic bugs, dishwater coffee, and a cranky single dad named Teague Miller.
Teague spends his days fishing, raising his spunky teenager, and after an unfortunate incident involving cheese curds, living rent-free in my head. The one thing he and I can agree on is that I don’t belong here. He’s willing to help me escape—until the unexpected happens.
I kind of like him. I might even more than like him.
But am I ready to give up the life I adored for a man I love to hate?
The One Who Love You by Pippa Grant begins with granddaughter, Phoebe Lightly, late for a dinner with her grandmother which sounds like a fate worse than death and almost is because grandmother Gigi chokes on a bite of steak and almost dies, but is saved. No thanks to her hapless granddaughter, however. As a result of nearly passing, Gigi demands that her son, daughter-in-law, and their children live with her in Tickled Pink, Wisconsin in order to learn how to be better people before it’s too late.
Once in Tickled Pink, Phoebe decides to take on the man who sold the dilapidated school, where the family is supposed to live, to her grandmother, certain that he’ll be compassionate and see that her grandmother may not be of sound mind. Teague Miller is not. He’s a grumpy single dad who lives in a treehouse and seems able to give as good as he gets and doesn’t put up with any of the Lightly’s shenanigans.
After closing my mind to the fact that Schitt’s Creek seemed to be the inspiration for The One Who Love You, I was able to enjoy it far more. Also, in a world where pronouns have never been discussed more widely, Pippa Grant chose to ignore them in chapters narrated by Teague, which I found annoying on a moderate scale. While people slur pronouns with verbs, they rarely drop them altogether, doncha know.
Anyway The One Who Love You grew on me very quickly. I loved Phoebe realizing how different she can be in a different world from her Manhattan skyscrapers and superficial relationships, and I loved all of the little secrets that popped out along the way, making me look forward to any future installments in this series.
I found Teague and his treehouse intriguing. I couldn’t help wondering how the treehouse would stand up to winds, Wisconsin snowy winters, etc. Exactly what did this three story (I believe it was just three stories) treehouse look like? How did he get electricity into it? I guess I’ll Google to see if it’s been done before because I need to know! And, Teague seems perfect–until he’s not.
Add in a madcap family, quirky townsfolks, and beloved four leggeds, and you have a fun, very readable story. A beach read! Escapism! Something to make you smile!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.