In dire need of good news and a happy ending, I turned to One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk, an author about whom I knew nothing. I had read about a more recent book, In Case You Missed It, and learned the story is “witty and funny.” That title was unavailable at my library, so I chose One in a Million instead. In Case You Missed It is still on my TBR list.
One in a Million provided just the respite I needed. While I may have predicted the romantic outcome, I enjoyed the journey to the end. I laughed out loud several times as I read because the situations or the lines are that funny.
Annie and her long-time friend Miranda are building their dream social media company as a start-up on a shoestring and a prayer. They are actually doing well with a number of clients, but the clients are not always timely in their payments. They have an office in a large building that houses other start-up companies and offers a communal kitchen.
The communal kitchen is a good place to gather to get to know other people who work in the building including Martin who owns the building and Charlie who also runs a start-up. Then a tall, shaggy-haired, poorly-dressed stranger rents a small office, moves in, and covers the windows with paper.
Naturally, Annie’s curiosity is aroused, but she cannot rouse the stranger even when she knocks repeatedly on the door. While working really late one Saturday, Annie decides to do some sleuthing. She has a master key to the offices, not that she intended to use it until now. Quietly, thinking she is alone in the entire building, Annie enters the stranger’s office.
Imagine her surprise when the stranger is not only in the office, but is wearing only his underwear. Clearly, he is using the office as his home, at least temporarily, because there is a blowup mattress on the floor.
Of course, the stranger wants to know why Annie has invaded his space. Thinking quickly on her feet, she says she is the building’s fire marshal and she thought she smelled smoke and had to investigate. With a little prodding, Annie learns the man’s name is Dr. Samuel Page, a historian, with two Ph.Ds.
In the next few days, Annie, Miranda, Martin, and Charlie are quibbling over who can beat whom in a bet. Annie swears she can turn anyone into a social media star in thirty days. The bet is on for Annie to get twenty thousand followers for someone in thirty days. But who? The four decide the next tenant who enters the front door will be part of the bet. At that moment, “a strangely tall, skinny someone with an enormous beard and long blond hair, wearing baggy jeans and a grey T-shirt with a faded blue Jansport rucksack on his back” walks in behind Dave, the postman. Of course, the aforementioned man is Dr. Page.
Clearly, Annie has her work cut out for her. Is she up to the task? Besides the bet, she and Miranda are preparing a pitch to a very large company. If they win the contract, they will see their business improve ten-fold. At the same time, they have other clients they must keep happy as well.
The story builds on the working relationships among the people in the building, but readers also have glimpses of Annie’s family. Her parents divorced when she and older sister Rebecca were children. Malcolm. Their father has had several wives since he left the family. He is negative and puts Annie down. Luckily, Annie is plucky enough to believe in herself even when her father is so negative and unkind.
Annie’s project to transform Dr. Samuel Page into an Instagram star takes on even more than she first expected. She learns his girlfriend has dumped him, so she decides to treat him to boyfriend boot camp in which Annie shows him how to convert himself into the boyfriend Elaine, the old girlfriend wants back. Naturally, Dr. Page is reluctant, but Annie refuses to take no for an answer, so boyfriend boot camp begins.
I enjoyed One in a Million. The characters are believable and funny. Even though I anticipated the outcome, the journey to the outcome is not a simple straight line. The twists keep readers interested. The story is satisfying, so I recommend it!
Lindsey Kelk, https://lindseykelk.com/, has written books for adults and children. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.