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Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City Paperback – 26 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755343751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755343751
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Office gossip just got hotter...

About the Author

Holly Denham is the pseudonym of someone who is intimately acquainted with the world of receptionists. Based in an office in the heart of London, they know all the secrets no city girl wants their boss to find out.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2008
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Holly works as a receptionist in an investment bank, and has a 'now you see him now you don't' relationship with childhood sweetheart Toby. Then there are her friends Jason and Aisha, not to speak of Trisha who she works with and Tanya who rapidly becomes an enemy and her eccentric family not to mention upstairs neighbour Frank. Holly gets an offer of promotion but can she combine management with friendship? And precisely what is Tanya up to behind the scenes?
Other people's correspondence always makes compulsive reading if you're at all interested in people. Whilst the contents of the e-mails are frequently trivial the idea that you're spying on someone else's life draws you in and before you know where you are you're on page 100 and you're hooked! I loved it and it's a quick read - don't be put off by the number of pages as e-mail takes up more space than ordinary print.
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The second "Hollys Inbox" book, just as wonderful, fabulous, exciting, sensitive, hilarious and endearing as the first.

Following Holly's next step was exciting, she feels like one of my closest friends, and that's the beauty of "HIB" once you start, you're hooked.

I arrived at work this morning to find my copy had been delivered, having already read the first 3 1/2 months online, i couldn't wait to find out what happened.

And i wasn't let down. I got home from work at 6.15pm, between then and 8.20pm, i'd got changed, had dinner and finished the book! Whew!

Roll on "Holly Inbox 3"...we're all waiting with anticipation!
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loved HOLLY'S INBOX, so I couldn't wait for this sequel, HOLLY'S INBOX: SCANDAL IN THE CITY. 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.
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In this second book about the trials and tribulations of Holly Denham, we get more of the same under the principle 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Once again Holly suffers through misunderstandings, bitchy colleagues and a vivid social life.

I enjoyed it as much as the first book, but felt it was even more contrived than the first. It suffered from Bridget Jones 2 syndrome: what do you do when your heroine achieves her happy ever after at the end of the first book? Here the author decides (as they do in the second Bridget Jones book/film) to artificially create tension by breaking up the two main characters.

The peripheral characters and their snappy exchanges with Holly are as fun as ever although I did miss Aisha's mad antics from the first book.

I tired a little of the predictable nature of the plot in the end - even the 'surprise bombshell' wasn't exactly shocking, given the amount of foreshadowing the author provided.

As with the first novel it's no more than light entertainment but diverting enough for an afternoon's reading.
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What can I say? I read this book in a matter of hours, I was hooked, to the point where I could not put it down it was getting that good. I have been waiting for the 2nd book for months a preordered it when the first preorder date was available, and it was totally worth the wait for it. I praise the writer for this book, she has got great talent, I truly believe that she should seek a film production team to take these books on for films, they are amazing, and I would definately go see the films! I recommend anyone to go grab these books, they are so good! One thing i must say tho..... whens hollys inbox 3 coming out!!! im waiting in anticipation!!
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Equally addictive as the first one. It might even be better! It's not as long and has a good storyline that holds your attention, whereas the first story has a long chunk in the middle where not a lot happens.

The more I think about it the more these two books remind me of Bridget Jones' Diary. Holly/Bridget, Toby/Mark Darcy, James/Daniel, close-knit friends (one always gay), a baddie Tanya/Rebecca and a crazy mum. Still all good though!
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I have now read it twice & must say it has been one of my favorite books this year. You'll experience every emotion reading it from sadness to despair to joy at various times but overall it is a brilliant read and a must have book for the summer.
I can't wait for the 3rd book and would definitely recommend signing up to the website page as I loved following the start ont here even if I was shy about posting.
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