The Last Little Blue Envelope
Letter 13 requires Gin to travel to several European countries to find three pieces of Aunt Peg’s artwork, which together make up one big piece of art. Oliver, since only he knows what the letter says, proposes that they form a joint venture to find the art and sell it, splitting the profits 50/50. Gin has no choice. It is either that or never finish Aunt Peg’s tasks and never see the letters again. She reluctantly agrees.
Joining in the search is Keith, Gin’s crush from the first book, who she hasn’t gotten over, and his current girlfriend, Ellis. This makes an interesting quartet and an interesting trip. Obviously, Oliver not appreciated by anyone, considered by all as an opportunist. The Last Little Blue Envelope is just a fun book. You’ll like the characters and the plot and while you may guess what the ending is going to be, you’ll have fun getting there. The book is a romp through Europe, meeting a few of the previous book’s characters, visiting some of Gin’s old haunts, but also getting into new situations. And along the way, you might find out that you learn something about yourself and life. If you liked 13 Little Blue Envelopes, you’ll like The Last Little Blue Envelope. If you haven’t read the first book, read it and continue on to the second. Or just read it by itself. Enjoy yourself. Happy reading!
I loved all the little one-liners and understated jokes. It wasn't shoving hilarity in my face, but it also wasn't too serious. It's not often I find a book with such fantastic understated humor. The littlest things had me cracking up and I found myself bothering the Fiance more and more because I simply had to share the laughs with someone. It would have been rude to keep them to myself. (Instead of bothering people with snippets from the book you should just tell everyone you know to read it, though.)
I really enjoyed reading about Ginny. She was so easy to relate to and I found myself wishing I could just be in her shoes for a bit. Why can't I have such fantastic adventures? At times, I wanted to grab by the shoulders and talk some sense into her, but I'm pretty sure I would have acted the same were I in her shoes. Though Ellis and Oliver were both pretty integral parts to the story, I didn't really feel much for them. It just didn't feel like their personalities were quite finished making them easily blend into the background. I did feel something for Kieth, but let's just say they weren't really warm and fuzzy feelings.
My main complaint would be that it was a bit predictable. I'd figured out a major plot point within the first fifteen pages. The whole conflict was a little odd as well. It just kept getting shoved under the rug confusing me each time.
Final thoughts: This is a great book if you want to "see" the world. There's sexy British accents, beautiful green outdoors, and rain-soaked London streets. This is definitely one of the best follow-ups I've ever read.
That aside, the sequel itself was pretty good. It kept me reading constantly and honestly wanting to hear what happened to the characters. There were parts, mostly encounters with Ginny and people in the previous books, such as Richard and Mari Adams, when I got very emotional and felt close to the characters. In some ways I was glad to see Keith's bad attitude and indecision between Ellis and Ginny because I believe it is very true to who he is. However, I was also a little disappointed that Ginny lusted for him for such a long time. I also thought Oliver's character and his relationship with Ginny went very unexplained, even in the end.
The story is still pretty good, and Aunt Peg and Ginny's character stay strong as they do in the first book. If you've read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I would definitely say this book is worth reading as well, although it does not provide much closure in the end, which insinuates that another book may be coming to the series.