Three months after her husband's death, Sally Driver is going through his things when she finds a thick envelope filled with sickly-sweet, purple prose love letters. Sally is indignant. It's not enough that her husband cheated on her, but he had to go and give the woman Sally's Hula girl pocket knife!
Since Paul is--fortunately for him at this point--dead, Sally decides to take a pound of flesh out of his best friend instead, whom she's never been fond of anyway. But Todd feels almost more wounded than Sally does: Paul had a reason not to tell Sally about the affair, but he was Paul's BEST FRIEND. Best friends are supposed to share stuff like that, aren't they?
Independently, both Todd and Sally start their own investigations into the identity of Paul's mistress. Much to their annoyance, however, they're quickly compelled to join forces. As they spend more and more time together, both Todd and Sally begin to realize that their conceptions of one another, and of Paul, were completely skewed. Without Paul around to influence their ideas of each other, Sally and Todd become tentative friends and then fall in love.
Yes, the plot is a little on the weak side. But what makes this book such a terrific read is Arnold's writing, which is light in tone, clever and funny in its presentation of the character's foibles, and filled with the author's life experience. Also, the romance between Todd and Sally, while slow to develop, is completely believable.
Furthermore, I appreciated how the author didn't excuse Paul's behavior toward his wife, which went beyond simply having an affair, as Sally discovers during the course of the book.
This wasn't a sad book at all. It was light, funny, and romantic. Arnold is a great writer and I can't wait to read more of her stuff! I highly recommend LOOKING FOR LAURA.