Book review of “Transplanting Holly Oakwood”
“Transplanting Holly Oakwood” by Di Jones
Finding her lover in bed with her best friend was the worst thing ever, but leaving London for Los Angeles pushed trouble to a whole new level.
Holly Oakwood’s cosy life is shattered when her boyfriend has an affair with her best friend. Determined to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her career, but unable to hide her contempt for her new boss, she loses her job as well.
She lands a dream job in a Consulate in LA, but that’s when her troubles really begin. She struggles to settle, loneliness begins to bite, and everyone around her is thin and shallow. She loses her confidence, makes a fool of herself once too often, and her new boss hates her. Can she salvage anything from the train wreck of her new life, or should she return to England?
What ensues is a comically entertaining series of events that catapult Holly into new friendships, the promise of romance and the realization that home is where the heart is.
Right from the start “Transplanting Holly Oakwood” reminded me a lot of Bridget Jones by the clumsiness of the main character Holly. While I felt sorry for her, I often found myself laughing and cringing at the same time, but loved that she didn’t try to be anyone else other than herself. Holly’s character was likable, unlike her boss, Brittany, who was a real witch. I often wondered why Holly didn’t turn around and go back home (but not to her cheating boyfriend), but when the truth comes out, I respected Holly for staying in LA and not allowing anyone to push her down.
Holly had a few suitors, all that I could see her with, but ended up with the right one. My only issue with this book was that I wished we saw Holly and the man she ends up with together more.
Di Jones has written a wonderful book, and I look forward to reading more by this author who reminds me of Helen Fielding!
I give “Transplanting Holly Oakwood” 4.5 stars!
**About Di Jones: I was born in Liverpool, England to parents who had a strong sense of adventure and moved many times. I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand. I’ve worked in a variety of jobs ranging from envelope stuffer to bakery assistant, librarian to trade development executive, but none of my jobs were as much fun as the one that allowed me to write and get paid for it. That was a few years ago, and each year it’s become more and more apparent what I want to do is write full time, a dream that first occurred to me at seventeen.
I write chick lit – light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, their friendships, their careers, their independence, who have a sense of adventure, and who live and love with passion.
Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh. I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and the sort of tv programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.
I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted friends Bronson Boxer and Dolce Dane. They keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud. They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs!
I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friend.
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