Book Review: Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham

hollysinboxTitle: Holly’s Inbox
Author: Holly Denham
Genre: Women’s fiction
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham is a modern take on the epistolary novel. Instead of being told with letters, the novel consists entirely of emails, e-mails coming to and sent from Holly Denham’s inbox. (No, Holly Denham is not a real person, but a pen name.)

Holly is starting a new job as a receptionist (or “on reception” as they would say in England) for a banking institution. Her e-mails tell the story of her adjusting to the job, making friends – and enemies – within the workplace, counseling – and getting counseled by – her friends Aisha and Jason, struggling with her mother’s meddling, and falling in love.

I knew I wanted to read this book after reading so many positive reviews – Julie’s, Kathy’s, Belle’s, and Sheri’s – and was so pleased when I received a review copy. This book is huge – 665 pages – but it reads quickly. The e-mail format made it the perfect read for our first couple of weeks back to homeschooling; I could pick it up and read several pages of e-mails and then put it down when I needed to do something else.

When I reached the two-thirds mark, though, it became very hard to put it down, as I wanted to know what was going to happen to Holly and her friends. This is a perfect read for anyone who likes women’s fiction with a quick wit. This book is full of wit and wry humor; you can see samples here and here. And for all of you fans of Stephanie Plum’s Grandma Mazur, Holly has an equally mad and delightful Granny whose e-mails continually had me in stitches.

While Holly’s story came to a satisfying end, there are a few loose ends in other characters’ lives that have me hoping that a sequel is in the works.

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20 Responses to Book Review: Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. I just thought it was a lot of fun!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Wondrous Words Wednesday =-.

  2. Melody says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! Of course I’ve to add it to my wishlist. 😉
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Ash by Malinda Lo =-.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’ve seen all the reviews too, as well an interview with the author. One of my favorite fictional characters is Grandma Mazur…I have consistent, frequent belly-laughs any time she jumps into the action! The length of the book is just a little bit daunting, but I trust you and everyone else who said it goes really fast!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Marlbork #3 =-.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    P.S. Just finished The Fiery Cross. Don’t you just love my updates? Haha.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Marlbork #3 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – this will go really fast, I promise. And I just finished disc 17 – only 30 to go. Ack!

  5. Staci says:

    I can’t to read this one myself. It’s on my shelf just waiting for its turn!! Good review!!
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..Library Loot-September 9 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Staci – Glad you already have it – it’s a great read when you want something funny and light.

  6. What impresses me most are all the reviews that have been saying: it doesn’t take as long as a real book that is that many pages! It sounds very cute!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Guest Post by Author Linda Gillard: The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rhapsody – it really doesn’t take as long – there is a lot of white space on the pages due to the e-mail format. Wish I had had the idea!

  7. I’m really looking forward to diving into this one. It’s not quite my usual type of read, but I can’t resist after hearing such good things about it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Carrie!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..In Defense of Leisurely Lit: A guest blog by Clea Simon =-.

  8. Ladybug says:

    Grandma Mazur is just awesome. Her character always makes me laugh, she’s a kickass grandmother LOL. Great review, CarrieK!
    .-= Ladybug´s last blog ..I’m joining in on some new challenges =-.

  9. I have been hearing many wonderful things about this book. I will admit, I had it in my hands several weeks back but then put it back onto the shelf. Why? The length! Pretty silly reason coming from someone who has whipped through the Outlander series (6books) in a matter of a few months.
    Your review reminds me that the amount of pages should not distract me and should focus on what I hear over and over…it reads quickly.
    .-= Deanna/ibeeeg´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday: Informative =-.

  10. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna
    says:

    I’m in the middle of this one now and loving it. I was a little daunted at the size but am shocked at how quickly it’s going!
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..BBAW: My Posts =-.

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