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Holly and Trish work in Reception at a major bank The wildly successful Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham brought the 21st century to the epistolary novel, being written entirely in emails. Holly and Trish work in Reception at a major bank, which I never realized was more than just answering phones and greeting people. They organize refreshments, book meeting rooms, and arrange for the comforts of visiting executives.
Holly's life is going great with a promotion and a new boyfriend, but we all know the power of the internet and when some emails become public a big scandal threatens to bring Holly's world down. When Scandal in the City appeared in my mailbox, I was a little intimidated by it's pages, but soon got over my trepidations as I zipped through the breezy, funny messages flying between Holly and her friends.
The emails are nicely written without a lot of the internet shortcuts used in texting or instant messaging, so people who are not up on that lingo will not have any trouble following the dilemmas of Holly and the gang in the worlds of career, love, and friendship, or sends herself little "reminder" emails. These reminder emails are great because they show Holly's inner thoughts and concerns, not just those she expresses to people in her emails. Fans can keep up with Holly's shenanigans at Holly's Inbox. Aug 16, Carey rated it really liked it.
Summer is almost over maybe for some it is already over but I always think of the end of summer as Labor Day weekend 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 presenc Summer is almost over maybe for some it is already over but I always think of the end of summer as Labor Day weekend 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. 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 www.
I bet you'll be completely hooked! Jul 31, Becky R. In much the same style as Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, Holly is a bit of a character who always seems to be getting herself into some trouble. Her letters to her best friend Jason, felt fun and whimsical, and topped my list for emails I most wanted to read.
Jason was sweet and caring, but a real crack up most of the time, mocking Holly for her insecurities and egging her on to push her relationship with Toby a bit farther. This relationship aside, I couldn't help but wonder if people In much the same style as Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, Holly is a bit of a character who always seems to be getting herself into some trouble. This relationship aside, I couldn't help but wonder if people really do send as many short, even one-liner emails, as these characters do?
I can't imagine spending my day shooting short emails back and forth to people, but maybe that saves their sanity at a desk job?
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The story was funny to read, and although it was predictable with its conflict and resolution, I still found myself eager to see how it came together. As I mentioned in my previous review of Holly's Inbox, there is a risk in sticking strictly to the written communications without any commentary by the author. It was easy to sense where things were going, but the author did still manage to throw in a few surprising twists. I think I enjoyed this second installment a bit more than the first, possibly because the tension in the story came up a little earlier and had me flipping pages for the resolution.
Holly could be a bit of an acquired taste for some readers; she is quirky, anxious, and a bit insecure, which strangely annoyed me and made her more likable.
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Although not perfect, it is a fun read that breaks out of the norm and helped me escape for an evening! Scandal in the City is unlike anything I have ever read before, it is made up of emails to and from Holly. Scandal in the City takes a little getting used to since it jumps around a little from email to email, but over all I found it to be a very interesting novel.
Scandal in the City consist of personal emails and work emails. Holly works as a receptionist in an investment bank, and is in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart Toby. Holly doesn't see much of of Toby because of his job, but there are a number of emails throughout Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City between them. There are also a number of emails from her friends, Jason, Aisha, Trisha, Tanya, her upstairs neighbor Frank, and her family.
I loved the mixture of all the emails, and how we got to know the other characters through the emails. I found the correspondence in Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City to be very interesting. It is amazing how much people are willing to say in emails. There is a lot of things people are willing to say in emails that they wouldn't say in person. Scandal in the City makes you feel naughty for spying on someone else's emails and life, but at the same time it's what draws you into it.
I found Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City to be a fast read. May 15, Redfox5 rated it it was amazing Shelves: Firstly I want to say that after reading 'Holly's Inbox' I actually belived that it was real. When I read things or if I'm told them, I tend to belive them. Not becuase as some people seem to belive, that I'm gullible but becuase I trust people to tell me the truth.
However I may stop this becuase it seems as if the world is full of big liers and after reading a couple of reviews on goodreads, it seems that Holly is in fact a MAN! And she's not a boring receptionist, she has a penis. I felt like abit of a knob after reading that, as I have shelved the book in non-fiction. Something I had to go back and change very quickly before any one on goodreads started laughing at me. And I should have known! People are never that funny all the time! Right, now to talk about the second book 'Scandal In the City' which is actually just chick-lit.
I loved it, even tho I was lied to by man Holly and made to look a fool on goodreads. It's just such a page turner. Becuase you don't alway know the full picture, you keep turning the page to get more insights on the gossip. I love Holly fictional, not fake man one. She just makes so many funny mistakes, reminds me of me really. Loved that there was a new bitch to hate in the form of Tanya.
And although I felt this one had a more slightly unrealistic story to it, I actually liked it more. I hope there is a third one. Aug 17, Staci rated it really liked it Recommended to Staci by: Words to describe the book: Location or characters you met: What is not to like about Holly?
She's got it together, well mostly, except for the bad habit of putting her bills in the freezer and pretending they don't exist. But look past that to her big heart and how loyal she is to her friends. I love this character. She's someone I could easily call a friend. He's the best best-friend a girl could ask for. I like his personality 1. I like his personality and how he always wants to take care of Holly. This is a city that I must visit before I die! I love the descriptions in the book and the way English people talk. The slang is pure enjoyment for me!!
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I really got into the whole communications scenario between the various characters. Jul 19, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham just a short time ago and I really loved it so it was no surprise that I felt the same about this installment of Holly's life. The book is again told through email format which I find delightfully sinful!
Holly's life is both fun and complicated. She seems to have it all together in the beginning of the book with a new job promotion and a great boyfriend, but as Holly's life goes we know it won't be that way for long. Chaos soon rears it's ugly head and life I read Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham just a short time ago and I really loved it so it was no surprise that I felt the same about this installment of Holly's life.
Chaos soon rears it's ugly head and life for Holly takes an ugly turn. All of Holly's old friends are back and a few new ones emerge too. This book was one I couldn't put down. I found myself reading at the stove cooking dinner. The book looks like a chunkster with over pages but the emails read fast and one could easily polish this book off in a day. Once you get wrapped up in Holly's hilarious antics you won't want to put it down. As with the other book, I found myself laughing out loud.
I only hope we will be blessed with more installments Of Holly's crazy life. As the book ended I could only imagine where Holly's life will go next. This book could stand alone but I highly recommend reading both books. You don't want to miss a moment of Holly's crazy life! Oct 15, Graceann rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Despite a bit of a slow start, it really picked up and became a cracking read.
All the best characters you remember from the first book are still there: Jason, Aisha, Trisha, etc. In this volume, we have new additions to the receptionist staff and a truly contemptible enemy for Holly to contend with. All of this is written in the form of emails between Holly and her co-workers, and in some cases from her co-workers to each other.
You would think this concept would become boring, but it actually makes the pages, and the story, fly. Anyone who has worked in an office will recognize the back-biting and politics immediately. Hopefully, they'll also recognize the warm friendships that you just don't find in other places.
I love Holly, because she's a real, imperfect, interesting person. She doesn't live a glam, impossible life that nobody in the real world would ever hope to achieve. She struggles with boyfriends, bills and bosses, just like most of the rest of us. The difference is that Holly Denham, the author, puts creates a character for these stories and gives us a story that keeps us turning pages well into the night. Aug 02, Victoria Burke rated it really liked it. It took me just a little while to get use to the email format. I kept reading the names and everything, then I just skipped most of the names after I seen who the conversation was between, instead of every email.
My two favorite soaps, they are very addicting and hard to get away from. So now I crave drama like crazy, I will watch the Kardashians to get some It took me just a little while to get use to the email format. So now I crave drama like crazy, I will watch the Kardashians to get some drama I crave. So this was very helpful in making me get my does of drama, so I won't turn into CBS for the soaps. I love how Holly has her ups and downs and is very relateable! Her relationship with her longtime boyfriend is on the rocks and she has twist and turns she has to deal with concerning that.
Work is going great till some more twist and turns take place.
It seems like whenever she gets ahead, she takes couple steps back but proves herself at the end! My favorite character had to be Granny! I loved when Holly would get an email from her, they were cute and funny. I also loved when she got an email from her brother Charlie they were just as funny.
Oct 24, Shonda rated it liked it Shelves: Life seems to be pretty good for Holly at the start of the book. Work is work… the usual responsibilities of scheduling rooms, showing clients where to go and providing excellent customer service. Her love life is at a high too. Work becomes a bit more challenging when Holly has a slight falling out with a co-worker. Aug 21, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Holly Denham has finally gotten the hang of things as a receptionist at DKHuerst.
In addition, Holly has a good looking boyfriend, Toby. Holly is applying for the Front of House Manager position. What with overbooking of meeting rooms, not ordering enough food, and the higher management wanting to make trouble for Holly. Also, what is up with Toby? Lately, he has been acting distant towards Holly.
Luckily for Holly, she has her friends to distract her. I absolutely love these books. If you thought things would be different from the first book then you would be wrong. I think things got a whole lot crazier from last time. Scandal in the City is a combination of Friends and Sex in the City all rolled up into one! Pick up a copy of this book and start laughing tears of joy. Aug 18, Mary BookHounds rated it really liked it Shelves: I started out with Holly by getting the daily emails from the web site which was soon followed by the actual book, Holly's Inbox and now the latest installment Scandal in the City.
You will really feel like you stumbled upon someone laptop and you immediately start scrolling through their inbox. And you can't help yourself. The story unfolds through these emails and detail Holly's group of friends, including Jason, Trisha, Aisha, Marie, and Claire, her questionable boyfriend, Toby and her bosses I started out with Holly by getting the daily emails from the web site which was soon followed by the actual book, Holly's Inbox and now the latest installment Scandal in the City. The story unfolds through these emails and detail Holly's group of friends, including Jason, Trisha, Aisha, Marie, and Claire, her questionable boyfriend, Toby and her bosses.
Like a series of "found" emails you may lose bits and pieces of the story since there is little emotional inflections that come across in emails and not even a few emoticons to help sort through the conversations. Also, instead of the characters actually having conversations, you get to peek into their inboxes as well.
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This is the perfect book for the voyeur in you, and you know everyone wants to read someone else's mail. You will adore this if you like Bridget Jones' Diary. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Holly Denham is a fictional author created by Bill Hutton-Surie. How did the idea for Holly come about? The character Holly isn't based on anyone in particular, however I think a lot of her quirkiness has come from my wife - she's very quirky. The idea for the site came one day when we had to trawl through an ex-employee's work email account.
The woman in question was single, extremely flirtatious and had always loved us to bits. We discovered she was married with four children, and couldn't stand the sight of us. The life she was leading was so full of mystery, intrigue, romance and many many lies that it made me wonder what it would be like to read a story told in this way. What has been the response to people finding out that Holly's creator is actually a man? Nothing yet, it's a fairly new revelation - the book is about to be launched on June 1 in the USA - and at the last minute they decided they didn't mind everyone knowing I'd written it.
So if any of your readers have read it and now want to comment - they'll be the first to let me know What would you say to people who claim that men can't write chick lit? Maybe they can't, or maybe Marian Keyes is a balding rugby player from Bath. I hope they can't - it makes me happier that I've achieved something then - I loved writing it - I think my sense of humour is much more in line with women's and I totally stink at writing like a man I've been trying to get something published my whole life as a man and failed miserably. Other books in the series.
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All she has to do is stay out of trouble But things are about to go disastrously wrong. Can she save her job and her relationship? For Holly, time is running out…. No, although I'm not saying it won't happen again. I can't get used to this building - it's huge and 40 floors exactly the same is just silly. Holly and Trisha on the main hall ground floor desk, meeting all staff, clients and anyone entering the building, with the security staff obviously by the main door. Once you've checked any clients arriving at DK Huerst for meetings, keep them sitting in the waiting room area opposite you until Claire is ready to greet them upstairs.
I don't want Claire's smaller reception area there becoming so full that clients aren't able to sit down. We will be employing another receptionist shortly to sit with Claire on the hospitality floor, and of course Marie Lopez will be coming over from the old DK building to merge with us in the coming weeks. She will operate as a lone switchboard operator in the basement. She won't complain then. They should go in, smack her over the head, drag her out and wake her up downstairs pretending nothing's happened.
Hey, why is that man staring at you? I've just heard they've brought the CEO into it all now. Should be meeting him this week so I think this is just the calm before the storm, could be about to be sacked. Hope I didn't embarrass myself too much - I remember cornering you for quite some time and declaring my undying love for your apple strudels. I've been going back through your old school books and remembered how good you always were at Art. They're running all kinds of exciting evening courses these days, some very near you in Maida Vale, what do you think? Your father is making some extra cash out here selling paintings to the locals.
What about if you become pregnant? What with your chap not doing so well these days with his credit house thing, you need to start saving. I know he is and we're told these bankers are so smart but they gave mortgages to people in caravans and these people had no jobs, no careers or any kind of way of paying the money back, then everyone's so surprised when it went wrong. I could have told them. OK, well there's no pressure.
You take your time, darling, I'll send Dad your love. And have a think about another career path. You can't be a receptionist all your life, can you? We have discovered some discrepancies with the scheduler. Items like champagne and wine which were booked in by one of the reception team onto the system, weren't actually ordered by anyone. When you have a moment will you give me a call and let me know how you think this could have happened? I need the boardroom. I emailed through to the Bookings email, but they said no. Can you sort this for me please? I'm meeting the Dutch Prime Minister this afternoon.
Sorry, Will, but that room is already taken for that slot. Would you like us to find you a similar-sized room? I will if you give me more information, I'm trying to read between the lines, but there aren't enough of them. He said if I had any respect for the dead at all to leave them in peace.
I didn't even know he'd died. No you didn't at all, you were very complimentary on my cooking, although I did try and point out that I was the Catering Manager and not a Chef, but you weren't having it. We should just make a drunken assault on the West End next time - let me know when you're free and I'll be there. I want the correct room next time. I'm sure it's not difficult to follow simple instructions or have I missed something here?? I'm really sorry to have to put you in this situation, Natasha. I will ensure you never go through this again.
You got me in trouble just now by using the wrong room when I told you it was booked.
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Please try and make our lives easier on reception by sticking to the rules. Neither statements are true. I am single, totally honest and completely in love with you, and you have a boyfriend, who's never around, always in France and one day will probably stay there. Aisha was a good girl, she cares about her job at HLS. She went home before either of you and got here early this morning. Tell her, Jason, how early I was for work today.