Hollie Porter Builds a Raftby Eliza Gordon
raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together,
often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart
Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She/b>/b>/b>/b>/b>/b>/b>
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HOLLIE PORTER BUILDS A RAFT
raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together,
often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart
Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She’s rebounded nicely from her run-in with Chloe the Cougar in the wilds of British Columbia, and this new life alongside concierge-in-shining-armor Ryan Fielding? Way more fun. After relocating to Ryan’s posh resort at Revelation Cove, Hollie embarks on an all-new adventure as the Cove’s wildlife experience educator, teaching guests and their kids about otters and orca and cougars, oh my!
When darling Ryan gets down on one NHL-damaged knee and pops the question of a lifetime, Hollie realizes this is where the real adventure begins. It’s all cake tasting, flower choosing, and dress fittings until a long-lost family member shows up at the Cove and threatens to hijack her shiny new life, forcing Hollie to redefine what family means to her. What is she willing to sacrifice to have one of her very own?
As Ryan’s words echo in her head—“Our raft, our rules”—Hollie has to face facts: a raft isn’t always tied together with blood and genetics. Sometimes it’s secured by love and loyalty… and occasional help from the clever creatures that call Revelation Cove home.
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Funny!!! Hollie is just a loveable mess. She gets herself in one crazy situation after another. And I enjoyed Ryan & Hollie- their relationship is so sweet & I love how Ryam just rolls with the crazy. This was the second book involving Hollie but can be read as a stand alone. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read Must Love Otters, and immediately bought this book. I immediately read this book, and am now craving the as yet unwritten book 3! Hollie Porter Builds a Raft had all the warmth, humor, and heat of Must Love Otters, but with some added maturity. It was a sheer delight. I want to go to Revelation Cove and meet all these wonderful characters. I want to know what is next for Hollie and Ryan. Read this book! It will leave you with a smile on your face. And, ELiza Gordon, GET WRITING!
First, I want to state that Must Love Otters was one of my favorite reads of 2014 (Maybe even my favorite.) It, along with Eliza Gordon's second novel Neurotica, prompted my love for romantic-comedies. Hollie Porter Builds a Raft is the sequel to Must Love Otters. It takes place a year after Ryan and Hollie's beginning romance, traumatic hiatus, and subsequent HEA (or so we think.) In this novel, we will see the engagement and wedding planning for Ryan and Hollie. Of course, we can't have an Eliza Gordon and Hollie Porter book without chaos, humor, slap-stick, and sweet love. I loved this sequel. It was the perfect beginning of Holly and Ryan's HEA. There were a couple of mildly dramatic moments which weren't (thankfully) frustratingly drawn out. Sometimes I just want a story without the crazy angst that feeds it throughout. The few "what the heck" moments were resolved quickly and Ryan and Holly handled them with the maturity (and humor) of adults. Another big plus. I do recommend that Must Love Otters be read first. The author gives good mention of their history together from MLO, but I believe the story is much more meaningful having read Ryan and Hollie's previous book. Knowing the characters going into Hollie Porter Builds a Raft, I felt connected on an emotional level. The love between Ryan and Hollie was palpable while their humorous banter was comfortable and expected. My only issue with this book is that it ended and I don't get to keep following their love story. :( I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Awesome read. Highly recommend.
Hollie Porter Builds a Raft by Eliza Gordon Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, entertainment Well, I hadn’t read book one, though I read the sample and loved it and its a bargain price I just hadn’t the time to fit another book in....but I’m on holiday in a couple of weeks ( Centerparcs with the grandkids again!) so need some easy to read, fun, non-review reads and this is definitely going to be one of them. I need books I can put down when they announce its time to go to do x,y,z and that I can read while watching them do whatever – I don’t need a book that’s going to be so complex I get confused when I have to put it aside in a hurry, and then when I pick it up I’m lost....this kind of read will be perfect. So - “raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together, often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart” Something I didn’t know but which sound beautiful, and is so appropriate to this read. It’s a romance, but so much more than just a love story. Its one where you’ll laugh with Hollie, cry a bit for her too, and where real life happens. I feel for her, the disasters she encounters in her everyday life just trying to help mirror the kind of things that happen to me. Some people are born to wake up immaculate and drift through life serenely, others of us wake up looking like we’ve been dragged backwards through a hedge and life seems to continue in that vein. I loved the people we met here – even Lucy Collins – they all added to the overall feeling of a story about real people. The goat: Dad kept goats and I think of them as Spawn of the Devil. His were like Mangala, ate everything, lived to escape and run rampage, destroying everything in the way, and one of them hated females. Yes, Sapphire loved men, hated ladies, and when mum or I approached it was head down, hackles up along her back – just like an aggressive dog – and beware if we got within butting range. She meant business and we had plenty of bruises to prove it. She destroyed a few clothes too so Mangala’s antics were very believable. Lucy, one moment I hated her and the next she'd do or say something that made me feel so sad for her. Miss Betty, a mum everyone should have, and Hollie's wondeful dad Nurse Bob. Then there’s Ryan and God, that man is just so perfect. He knows Hollie so well, adores her, and it seems he’d move heaven and earth to keep her happy. Having had an ex who was fame and money hungry rather then wanting him for himself he values the way Hollie feels and its just so beautiful to see the way he takes her disasters in his stride. Its more than just a romance, that shines through wonderfully, but its a journey with so many people and there's so much going on, so much to laugh at. Hollie and the know it all little girl ( and parents ), we’ve all met that sort of person, and the two boys allowed to wee in the woods... Well, what else was she to do? Take them back with peed trousers?( I cannot say pants – here in UK they are what are worn under trousers and skirts etc. they are not outer garments! and as for panties....awful, twee word and nope, they don’t exist in my world!) So read this book, love it , laugh with the characters and get moved to tears at times through the real emotion it contains, and when you reach the end its with a feeling of satisfaction, that despite Life, Goats and Lucy Collins, Hollie and Ryan pulled through and made their raft. ** smile** Stars: Five, its a fabulous read and one I’ll definite
I loved the first story and was really looking foward to the sequel. Although the second book did not disappoint with the storyline it often read like it was written by a 16 year old. It did not feel like it was written by the same author. There was way too much internal monolouge. But what really was making me cringe were the run on sentences and the overuse of sentences beginning with..."And then...". I gave this book 3.5 stars because it was a really good story and I love Hollie and Ryan. I just think that authors today are fogetting that editing is an important part of the writting process. A good editor, in this case, would have introduced transition words and made the writing stronger at the end. Overall, I would recommnd this book. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one.
Favorite Quotes: “Her eyes were hopeful, despite the smear of black and blue cosmetics that make her look like she’s been assaulted by Crayolas on a bender.” “The harnessed power of this man’s smile could bring an end to our reliance on fossil fuels.” “But… what if I don’t want to reproduce at all? Why is that everyone expects that as soon as you get married, you’ll start squeezing out mutant life forms?” “I sneak into the lingerie section to find a little something for Ryan for the wedding night. No saggy, faded Hanes for Her with tired elastic under my dress. I’m a swanky bride, baby, all satin and lace for my undercarriage.” My Review: I adore Eliza Gordon, her books are just a delight to read and massively entertaining. I want to follow her around and sit at her feet while listening to her warble hilarious and pithy comments all day. I am sure she is constantly bubbling over with naughty fun. I do believe I am decidedly envious of those friends and family members who get to sit with her at the “big kid table” during holiday meals. In reading her latest missive, I frequently smirked, chortled, and occasionally cackled. I was enchanted with Hollie Porter Builds a Raft, which is the sequel to her first, and one of my all-time favorite books, Must Love Otters. When reading series with a time lapse between books, I often struggle to remember the nuisances of the story as well as who the characters are, given my diminishing mental capacity, poor memory and massive reading list… but that did not prove to be a problem with this story, as Ms. Gordon’s quirky and amusing characters remained fresh in my mind, as if I had stored them in Tupperware and successfully burped their containers as directed. The writing was crisp, smart, and endlessly witty. I specifically enjoyed the amusing and clever banter between Hollie and Ryan, who are perfectly suited to humorous verbal sparring. The story-line provides one hilarious, mortifying, and least expected adventure after another for the newly engaged couple. While Hollie is more than a bit of a Calamity Jane, once her long absent mother (Lucy) shows up out of the blue waving Hollie’s picture in the newspaper, we soon learn that Lucy bring a whole new level of disaster. Having grown up feeling as if she missed out by not having a mother around, Hollie soon learns that she appears to have been far better off not knowing her crass, loud, bling-loving, uncouth, fire-prone, hirsute, sticky-fingered, banshee shrieking, poker-playing, and somewhat obscene and felonious nuisance of a mother. I was fearful that between Hollie’s accident prone tendencies and her troublesome mother’s shenanigans, my beloved BBF and the world’s most perfect man, also known as Concierge Ryan, would throw up his hands in surrender. I do just love that man! Thankfully he doesn’t, but Hollie almost does. I adored everything about this book, the colorful descriptions, the sparkling humor, the demon goat, the creative manner in which the chapters are titled, the cast of unique and interesting characters, and of course the otters. I was sad to conclude the book and am currently contemplating my plan of attack to campaign Ms. Gordon into continue their story with a series of adventures, as I don’t believe I could ever get enough of this charming pair.