Remember the time when the internet was just making its appearance in the workplace and employers feared we'd all be shopping, chatting and surfing if they allowed it into their offices? I certainly do and this book is a great reminder of that.
It's 1999 and the World Wide Web is resolutely yet inexorably making its way into mainstream life. The Courier is a local newspaper in small town Nebraska and Lincoln has been recruited to stop any abuse and time wasting from happening. Lincoln works the nightshift and it's his job to read any emails which could be breaking the rules, and to send warnings to employees. This is pretty amusing as Lincoln has to read emails which have been flagged up for containing, for example, supervisors' names, nasty words and words like `classified', which causes chaos in the classified ads department.
Lincoln is diligent but then he gets drawn in by the email conversations between two female friends, and before he knows it, has fallen for one of them. While he battles with himself over the ethics of what he is doing, he can't help himself as he is drawn deeper in.
The story and plot keep you reading but there are some drawbacks here. The email format between the two female colleagues is very hard to follow at times. I often had to refer back to see who was who and it got very confusing. It also ruined the flow of the book. Nor can I believe that two people would write pages and pages of email rather than chatting over a coffee. However, the premise of the book would not work without this, so I tried not to dwell too much on it! The story starts off well but chugs along for a bit before picking up again. I would say to stick with it. It is an easy, fun read. Lincoln is a likeable character, as are the two friends, Beth and Jennifer. It's a cute love story and aside from that, just the references to the internet (`The worst thing about the internet was that it was now impossible to distinguish a room full of people working diligently from a room full of people taking the `What Kind of Dog Am I?' quiz') are funny and maybe a prophecy!!