Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City

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Overview

Praise for Holly's Inbox

"The next Bridget Jones."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Funny, captivating, and completely addictive."
-Jill Mansell

"Email-tastic!"
-OK! Magazine

Dear Holly, isn't it shocking...?

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Overview

Praise for Holly's Inbox

"The next Bridget Jones."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Funny, captivating, and completely addictive."
-Jill Mansell

"Email-tastic!"
-OK! Magazine

Dear Holly, isn't it shocking...?

Things are finally going Holly Denham's way: she's in love, she's getting the recognition she deserves at work, and her friends and family have graciously opted to avoid disaster for the moment.

Just when Holly is starting to settle into her new life, scandal erupts and Holly finds herself-and her in box-at the center of a gossip whirlwind that threatens everything she's worked so hard for.

Written entirely in emails, this follow-up to the UK smash hit Holly's Inbox will keep you glued to its pages as the scandal running rampant in the city threatens to ruin Holly's hard-earned and long-awaited happiness.

"A very funny read [with] a marvelous twist at the end..."
-Romantic Times

"What a hoot. I started this book on a Sunday morning and by evening I had finished it. I couldn't put it down."
-Cheryl's Book Nook

"A winner from first page to last."
-The Romance Studio

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Editorial Reviews

Wasabi Media Group
"If you ever wanted a peek at someone else's e-mail, then discover the secrets of Holly's Inbox!"
Chicklit Romance Writers
"This book lives up to the buzz created by its predecessor. Not only does it continue the stories begun in the first book, but it expands and adds to them."
'Bout Books
"If you ever wanted a peek at someone else's e-mail, then discover the secrets of Holly's Inbox!"
Palmer's Picks for Reading
"I heartily recommend this book to readers of chick lit." (4.5/5)
Seriously Reviewed
"THIS STORY ROCKED!!!"
Rundpine
"Fun and gossipy and written by a man makes Holly's Inbox: A Scandal In the City all the more intriguing."
The Book Chick
"I find myself fascinated by the fact that a man can write chick lit this well."
Cafe of Dreams
"Like the most sinful of decadent desserts, Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is simply addictive, delectable and savory. One taste and you will be aching for more."
Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
"Holly's Inbox: 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."
Booking Mama
"Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is an ideal summer read."
Thoughts from an Evil Overlord
"If you're looking for a light, funny story in a fresh new format, definitely try Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City by Holly Denham."
Pudgy Penguin Perusals
"An easy read if you're looking for something extremely light and frothy with a comedic feel to it."
Peeking Between the Pages
"If you loved Bridget Jones, you may just find yourself liking Holly Denham more!"
Pop Culture Nerd
"Add Scandal to your inbox."
BookHound
"This is the perfect book for the voyeur in you, and you know everyone wants to read someone else's mail."
Drey's Library
"This is one that'll go down as smoothly as a perfectly-made flan."
Readaholic
"I didn't think this one could possibly be as wonderful as the first one. If you are thinking the same thing, you will be pleasantly surprised by the sequel."
Bookloons
"It's a lighthearted, funny read, with a few surprises along the way."
A Bookworm's World
"An absolute must read for any chick lit fan. Tuck this one in your beach bag for sure!"
This Yuppie Life
"Fall in love with Holly once again."
Charlotte's Web of Books
"A hilarious look at office life in London."
The Book Girl
"Holly's Inbox: Scandal In The City is a fun chick-lit book that readers who like Bridget Jones will love."
Diary of an Eccentric
"If you had Holly as a best friend, life certainly wouldn't be dull!"
Minding Spot
"Simply outrageous and totally divine!"
Metroreader
"Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is the high tea of chick-lit fare: sweet, satisfying, and leaves one craving for seconds!"
In the Hammock
"This is such a fun read, the interesting concept makes it unique. It's definitely women's fiction with a lot of heart."
Bermudaonion's Weblog
"This delightful book is loads of fun! I didn't want to put it down!"
The Book Kitten
"I managed to finish [the book] in two sittings."
A Life Bound by Books
"An entertaining read from the first page to the last."
S. Krishna's Books
"Fun to read."
The Book Tree
"The book is humorous at times and filled with everything from ordinary life to crazy drama."
Cheryl's Book Nook
"Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is a combination of Friends and Sex in the City all rolled up into one!"
Tome Traveller's Weblog
"You'll be completely hooked!"
Books Like Breathing
"If you love Bridget Jones or Jill Mansell you will love this."
Book Bookie
"I love how Holly has her ups and downs and is very relatable!"
Apprentice Writer
"An entertaining, satisfying romp taken straight from headlines and zeitgeist of the new millennium, well worth the time for any fan of chicklit or romantic comedy."
The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic Mom
"Delightfully sinful!"
A Books Blog
"[A] page-turner."
Books and Needlepoint
"This book was as much fun to read as the first one."
Long and Short Reviews
"You will laugh and laugh right alongside Holly and her friends. A definite must-read."
Write Meg
"This series' charm comes through its ability to tap into that voyeuristic side in all of us."
A Moment with Mystee
"Pick up your copy, great for a pick me up when you need to smile."
Chick Loves Lit
"A fun, quirky, light read, Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is great for the beach."
One Literature Nut
"A fun read that breaks out of the norm and helped me escape for an evening!"
The Book Faery Reviews
"Entertaining and time flies VERY quickly with the e-mail format."
Books 4 Moms
"I do recommend this cute and fun book to anyone."
Starting Fresh
"Entertaining British chicklit."
Cindy's Love of Books
"If you are looking for a light, fun and easy/quick read then this is for you."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402241147
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 264,153
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Denham is the pen name for Bill Surie, the owner of a placement service for receptionists and secretaries in London. He started the Holly's Inbox website as a place to serialize his first novel, and it became an overnight sensation. He lives in Maida Vale, England.
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Read an Excerpt

Subject: plan for 2008

From: Holly
To: Holly

Whatever you do, Holly, you must remember:

1) Do not let Mum's career suggestions wind you up (she means well)

2) Do not get insecure/jealous with Toby. Stay fun and breezy at all times

3) Do not end up doing other people's work, just because you can't say no

4) Stay away from work witches, company bullies and people who hang around the reception desk telling you their problems then get your email address and email you their problems, then arrange to meet you for lunch each day to give you more of their problems, even though they never ask you a thing about yours-which happen to be worse, talking of which:

5) Stop keeping the bills in the freezer-they know you are still there, even if they can't see you now, and they are waiting for you...

6) Keep away from your strange upstairs neighbour

7) Oh and stop getting ridiculously drunk with people from work (it isn't pretty) Wish me luck!

Holly Denham, Receptionist, DKHuerst, 50 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London

month 1

week 1

tuesday

Subject: Something seriously wrong at this company

From: Holly
To: Jason

No, it's definitely not right.

Holly Denham, Receptionist, DK Huerst, 50 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London

From: Jason
To: Holly

You're not lost again, are you?

Jason Granger, Reception Manager, LHS Hotels, London, W1V 6TT

From: Holly
To: Jason

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.

From: Jason
To: Holly

Has the office merger finished yet?

From: Holly
To: Jason

No, we've still got more DK staff coming, grrrrr.

From: Jason
To: Holly

Change is good Holly, we accept change. Deep breaths, remember-mice and cheese.

From: Holly
To: Jason

Stop saying mice and cheese, it's not helpful, got to go.

From: Jason
To: Holly

Wait, tell me what's so suspicious???

Subject: Meeting

From: Richard Mosley
To: Holly

Dear Holly

Thank you for attending today's meeting, we will keep you updated with any developments.

Yours sincerely Richard Mosley

Head of Facilities, DK Huerst, 50 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London

Subject: Psssst

From: Holly
To: Jason

They're keeping me updated with any developments.

From: Jason
To: Holly

Who are?

From: Holly
To: Jason

Facilities.

From: Jason
To: Holly

So what's so suspicious?

From: Holly
To: Jason

They are, management, HR, the Head of Facilities, the whole lot.

From: Jason
To: Holly

So it's a conspiracy?

From: Holly
To: Jason

Yes.

From: Jason
To: Holly

Involving everyone in the bank?

From: Holly
To: Jason

Possibly.

Subject: Reception desk allocation for coming month

From: Richard Mosley
To: Holly, Trisha & Claire

The Bank's Front-of-House Services operate best with the team laid out as below.

Holly and Trisha on the main hall ground floor desk, meeting all staff, clients and anyone else 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 area opposite you until Claire is ready to great them upstairs. I don't want Claire's smaller reception area there becoming so full that clients aren't able to sit down. 30th Floor Hospitality Suite: Claire Ground Floor Main Entrance: Trisha & Holly

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.

Subject: That last email

From: Trisha
To: Holly

Wouldn't be in her shoes.

Patricia Gillot, Senior Receptionist, DK Huerst, 50 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf

From: Holly
To: Trisha

Who's that?

From: Trisha
To: Holly

Marie Lopez, sitting down there in the basement all alone, with no sunlight.

From: Holly
To: Trisha

I think she's in the basement at the moment anyway.

From: Trisha
To: Holly

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?

From: Holly
To: Trisha

Who?

From: Trisha
To: Holly

That man in the corner. Keeps looking at you over his paper?

From: Holly
To: Trisha

No idea, I don't like his eyes though.

From: Trisha
To: Holly

Shifty.

From: Holly
To: Trisha

Very shifty, and alarmingly bushy.

From: Trisha
To: Holly

Would you go to bed with a man like that?

From: Holly
To: Trisha

If he shaved them and didn't stare at me like that.

From: Trisha
To: Holly

What about if he stared at you like this...

From: Holly
To: Trisha

HOW DID YOU DO THAT??

From: Trisha
To: Holly

Don't know, look I can make em disappear and all.

From: Holly
To: Trisha

TRISHA that's revolting.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Holly's Hopping

    I loved this book. It was cute, fun and like reading a series of e-mails from the characters and their exchange of banter back and forth. I read it pretty quickly and was done in a matter of days.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Holly Denham's back - just in time for summer!

    We're back in time to find out what's new in Holly Denham's life -- after she and Toby finally came together.

    They're sharing a flat while working at the same bank. Holly's at reception with her old friend Trish. Meanwhile, Toby is doing well as an investment banker. But the long hours and his lack of energy are taking a toll on their love life.

    Holly's as ditzy and lovable as ever. And her friends aren't holding her back.

    As things spiral out of control and it seems like Holly is just one cocktail away from disaster, she takes us on a crazy, fun, and hilarious ride. In the sequel, Holly takes out much of her frustration on drink - which leads to some strange moments and blackouts. But overall, Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is a entertaining British chicklit and a good sequel to last year's Holly's Inbox.

    ISBN-10: 1402241143 - Trade Paperback
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 17, 2010), 544 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    Delightfully sinful!

    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 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 500 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. I want more! 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!

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

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    I love Brit chick lit!

    I adored Holly's Inbox when it was released last year. I was thrilled when the sequel Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City landed in my mailbox!

    Scandal picks right up where the first book left off. Holly is in love with Toby, her childhood sweetheart, she is still working as a receptionist at a London bank, still friends with Jason, Aisha and Trisha. But in Holly's world, things are never quite smooth sailing. Tanya, the catering manager at the bank, has her eye on Toby, Holly and Toby have been two ships passing in the night lately - is something going on? Holly puts her name in for a promotion at work, but will the gossip mill kill her chances?

    Lots of fun chick lit scenarios, romance and laughs abound. But here's the really neat thing - the entire book is written as emails between all the characters! An absolutely addicting format - one that had me turning pages until the entire book was consumed in one sitting. (Somewhat like eating the entire bag of chips...)

    Scandal in the City provides more depth to the character of Holly. I feel like I 'know' her better now. Although the light hearted tone is present throughout, a few more serious issues are tackled. The characters aren't limited to just work. Holly's Grandma provides lots of laughs, and we wonder what is the world is going on with her brother. Jason and Trisha are my favourite supporting characters - friends you'd definitely like to have in your own circle. The office politics emails had me laughing out loud!

    It had been over a year since I read the first book, so it took me about 20 pages to get on top of things again. Scandal could certainly be read as a stand alone book, but I really recommend reading the first book as well - both for background and because it's so darn good!

    I'm really hoping that there is a third book in the works - I'm hooked! Unless I can figure out some way to get on Holly's contact list....

    An absolute must read for any chick lit fan. Tuck this one in your beach bag for sure!

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