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Review: Holly’s Inbox

August 2, 2009

Holly's Inbox

Holly Denham has just gotten a job as a receptionist at a financial institution in London.  At first, she struggles with the job and her relationship with Trish,  her co-worker.  She catches on quickly, though and she and Trish become allies.  Holly gets involved with James, a co-worker, and is devastated when the relationship sours.  Jennie, his new love, is also a co-worker, and she never misses an opportunity to let Holly know that she’s the one with James now.  When Holly’s first love, Toby comes to work at the same institution, Holly is appalled and does all she can to avoid him.  Holly’s family is always trying to get her involved in something crazy – bringing dead rats to Spain or applying for a nightclub license.

Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham is just what it sounds like – a modern day epistolary novel.  Instead of being written as letters, though, this one is written in the form of emails.    This book is great fun and easy to follow since there aren’t that many characters.  Holly communicates with a handful of her current co-workers, two old friends and her wacky family.  I took Holly’s Inbox to the beach with me and thoroughly enjoyed it – it was fun and quirky and easy to follow.  I was surprised at how well the author was able to develop Holly and some of the other characters simply through emails.  I found Holly to be a delight and I could really relate to some of her feelings.   Don’t let the size of this book – over 650 pages – scare you away.  It’s a fast read because of the email format.  This book is a must read for anyone who loves chick lit.

Review copy provided by the author.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2009 7:10 am

    Great review. It was just a fun book. I’m looking forward to the next book!

  2. August 2, 2009 7:11 am

    This sounds like a light and fun book! I love the idea of an epistolary novel but in an email format. Very modern indeed! 🙂

  3. August 2, 2009 7:12 am

    What a unique concept – developing characters and telling the story via emails. I’ll have to read the book just to see how it’s done. Thanks for the good review.

  4. August 2, 2009 7:23 am

    This looks like fun! I’ve read a few epistolary novels before and I usually enjoy them. I don’t think I’ve ever read one that used emails instead of letters. It does sound like a good beach read.

  5. August 2, 2009 7:31 am

    What amazes me is this chicklit book was actually written by a man! I was amazed to read an interview with him.

  6. August 2, 2009 7:34 am

    This one does sound like fun. I’m not a huge chick-lit fan, but I may pick this up if we make it to Maine this fall.

  7. August 2, 2009 8:10 am

    Sounds fun – I througly enjoyed “e” by Matt Beaumont, also an epistolary told through e-mails by a bunch of people working at the same office in London 😉

  8. August 2, 2009 9:14 am

    I always like reading books authored by one sex to see how much they “get” the one they are writing about! And via emails: sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  9. August 2, 2009 9:20 am

    I’m so all about this! When I saw it in the store I really wanted to get it. But you know how many books i have so I’m trying to hold off just for a little while!

  10. August 2, 2009 9:22 am

    I’ve read a couple of children’s books that are told this way; looks like a fun concept for adults, too, for a change of pace.

  11. August 2, 2009 9:48 am

    I picked this up last night and couldn’t help myself and read a few pages. The few pages turned into a bit more than a few and made myself put it down. I really need to finish another book before I continue. Ahhhh! 🙂

  12. August 2, 2009 11:02 am

    I have this one on my shelf to read and can’t wait to get to it! Great review!

  13. August 2, 2009 11:10 am

    What a neat concept for a book! Sounds like a lot of fun to read!

  14. stacybuckeye permalink
    August 2, 2009 11:27 am

    650 pages of emails?! It might give me nightmares, since I can’t ever keep up with mine!

  15. August 2, 2009 11:51 am

    I’m glad you liked it Kathy. It’s a perfect beach read since you don’t have to concentrate much to read it. I loved it and can’t wait for the next one.

  16. August 2, 2009 12:30 pm

    Sounds like a nice, light getaway read!

  17. August 2, 2009 12:49 pm

    Nice review, glad you enjoyed it, too! I’m looking forward to the next book!

  18. August 2, 2009 1:10 pm

    I just got this one in the mail and am looking forward to reading it. For such a big book, it looks like it will read fast.

  19. August 2, 2009 1:29 pm

    I’m so glad that you liked this one because I just picked it up from my library on Friday!! 🙂

  20. August 2, 2009 2:40 pm

    I knew you’d love this one!!

  21. August 2, 2009 2:51 pm

    Kathy! You gave away a big thing with your summary! I’m about 250 pages in and she’s still with James.

  22. August 2, 2009 3:30 pm

    It surprised me how fast I got through the huge book and I loved the email format.

  23. August 2, 2009 3:55 pm

    Glad you liked it! I just knew that it would be a good beach read for you! I really liked it.

  24. August 2, 2009 5:07 pm

    I borrowed this one from anna and hope to start reading this one soon.

  25. August 2, 2009 5:59 pm

    Sounds like fun, I could use a little light-hearted reading right now.

  26. August 2, 2009 8:08 pm

    Glad to see another positive review on this one!

  27. August 3, 2009 12:10 am

    I really want to read this one – great review!

  28. August 3, 2009 9:10 am

    I like the sound of this! I’ve been trying to expand my chick lit horizons, so I’ll have to give it a shot.

  29. August 3, 2009 12:06 pm

    650 pages?? I am scared!

  30. August 3, 2009 9:07 pm

    I was hoping you’d enjoy this one! Glad to see you did. It’s definitely a good beach read.

  31. August 3, 2009 9:51 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it! It was such a fun read, and went by so quickly.

  32. August 3, 2009 11:57 pm

    Ohhh – I am SO jealous!! I’ve heard such great things about this book. 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful read – I’m glad you liked it.

    ~ Wendi

  33. August 4, 2009 4:48 pm

    I’ve been absolutely dedicated to the website for a few months now, and I’m definitely going to get the book soon! I just get so much pleasure out of reading the emails online as they’re posted, I hate to deprive myself of that right now 🙂 haha

  34. August 5, 2009 8:16 am

    I am a big fan of epistolary novels so I am glad to hear that you liked it. I was wondering if it was geared more towards the 20 something women and was glad to hear that you liked it as we are closer in age! I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist!

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