Thursday, May 2, 2013
REVIEW for Transplanting Holly Oakwood BLOG TOUR STOP
TITLE: Transplanting Holly Oakwood
AUTHOR: Di Jones
GENRE: Chick Lit
Transplanting Holly Oak Wood was an interesting read for me - especially since there were some aspects that I really enjoyed and some that were less thrilling to me.
The think that attracted me to this novel and kept me reading was the main character Holly. Unlike so many chick lit novels out there, the author chose to make her flawed in some ways. This was a highly welcome change to me - imagine that a main character that is just like a normal woman! I loved it.
I also loved the fact that Holly put herself into "different" situations, in an attempt to "change" her life and herself and that in some instances, it worked and in others it didn't. This felt like the author managed to capture real life and transport it into the novel. It made for some good reading.
What I did not like (and the reason for 3 stars instead of 4) is that the author, in my opinion, started out strong - by making her character different and putting her in different situations - but, in the end, bowed to "conformity" - in my opinion. Why do I say this? I am thinking mainly of the "love" angle. I am wondering what it was necessary? Why can't this main character, who is strong and weak, have to "cave" into love. I was hoping to see Holly grow and develop and perhaps, at a later time find love. But now, it kind of sounded a bit "cliche" to me.
The writing style is fun and breezy and the main character was a wonderful addition to the chick lit world. I think this novel would have been stronger without the "love" part unfortunately.