Sunday, August 22, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Holly's Inbox, Scandal in the City by Holly Denham

Summer is almost over (maybe for some it is already over) but I always think of the end of summer as Labor Day weekend...and we have a couple of weeks to go before then. So, if you need a last summer reading book, or even two, consider Holly's Inbox and its sequel, Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City. Both are very fast, light reads thanks to their inventive email format.

Scandal in the City picks up a few months after the events of the first book. Holly is doing well at work, despite the presence of a co-worker or two out to sabotage any success she might have. She has finally found a great guy in Toby, someone who loves her despite her flaws. And she does have some flaws. On the plus side she is sharp and funny but she tends to drink a bit too much when out with her friends and then does stupid things which she usually can't remember but regrets when she learns about them. A little bit self destructive, but she is incredibly loyal to her friends, a quality that goes a long way to making up for her shortcomings.

Many of you will be surprised to learn that this series is written by a man, Bill Surie, who owns a placement service in London for receptionists and secretaries. He had real life inspiration for this book, which started out as a website. There is a great interview with him, originally published in the New York Post, on the Sourcebooks website, click here to read about how it all started!

I loved both of these books, they are so entertaining and fun! And you could easily read them in a quiet weekend. I do recommend that you read them in order. If you haven't read the first book, head on over to Holly's Inbox and read the first half of the book online. I bet you'll be completely hooked!

Up for grabs is my gently read Advanced Reading Copy of Scandal in the City! If you would like to enter just leave me your email address in the comments. Winner will be picked at random, you must have a US or Canada mailing address (sorry, can't afford to ship internationally). Enter until midnight eastern time on September 5. Good luck everyone and thanks so much for visiting and entering!

Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is published by Sourcebooks, ISBN 978-1-4022-4114-7

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bermudaonion said...

I thought these books were loads of fun too! Thanks for including a link to my review.

Beth F said...

These really do look fun even though I haven't yet read one of the Holly books.

rubynreba said...

I'd love these books - sound like very good fun books to read! Thanks!

Booksnyc said...

I have seen a lot of reviews around for this book but I think this is the first time I have heard that the author is a man!

thanks for hosting the giveaway -

Benita said...

Sounds like fun. Please include me in the giveaway. Many thanks.


Sandy Jay said...

I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

Zibilee said...

I have been hearing such good things about these two books, and it has been a really long time since I have read a book in an epistolary format, so I think I am going to have to give them a try. Thanks for the great review! I will have to let you know what I think of them!

tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, count me in!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a good read!


Luanne said...

Wasn't it a fun one sitting read! Thanks for the link!

PoCoKat said...

Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

holdenj said...

This book does look like a lot of fun and I can't believe they are really written by a man! Very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

mrsshukra said...

Please count me in, anything Holly is fun!


Anna said...

No need to enter me, just glad to see you enjoyed the book as much as I did!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I had forgotten how much I loved Holly's Inbox. I'd love to read the sequel. Please include me in your giveaway:)

Thank you!

Sue said...

Looks fun. Thanks for sharing.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a real fun book, and I would love the chance to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


whoizme8 said...

like to read the book.

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