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.