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Transplanting Holly Oakwood by [Jones, Di]
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  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Write from the Heart Publications (June 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AFPGII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This book jumps around more than the energizer bunny on coffee made with redbull instead of water. The characters are likeable, however, the author does not show any of the main points where her characters fall in love or become friends.....one minute we see a barely done haircut and then the next time we see the hairdresser Charlie. He is professing love. Then there is apparently a party with a kiss and a sweet love interest with the bosses boss and we only find out about it later like an afterthought. ... hello this is a big deal that impacts the outcome of the whole story. I suggest new beta readers who will be honest about the hard stuff.
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While I enjoyed the overall book there was a lack of structure that drove me mad. Every chapter was about a different character that after about ten chapters tied into one another. It was also super jumpy, never seeming to finish a thought. But the most irritating part was the book never went anywhere.
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Ok, I will feel bad if the author reads this, but I have to say, this book is just awful. My first issue is that the characters who were supposed to be Americans did not talk at all like Americans. And no one spoke in complete sentences. I know not everyone speaks correctly so I expect to see some dialogue that is colloquial, but everyone I know uses complete sentences...such as "I went to the store"...not "Went to store". That really dove me crazy. The other major problem I had is that I hated the heroine "Holly". It is just hard to enjoy a book where the main character is as dumb as a box of rocks. She is overweight, but instead of trying to improve her health, she makes fun of others who are overweight and eating donuts, then turns around and stuffs her face with chocolates like a three year old would. By her own admission, she is pale and flabby, but for some strange reason, two intelligent, attractive and wealthy men fall in love with her after knowing her for all of 5 minutes. Yeah right. This book is also full of little "cliffhangers" that I'm sure are meant to keep you reading. However, you never find out what happens... the book just moves on to something else and never comes back. **Spoiler** The only reason I even finished this book was to see who Holly ends up with...but you never find out...the book ends with another cliffhanger; she ends up with someone, but it is up to you to guess who it is. Even if there was a sequel, I would not waste my time reading it. There are so many other problems with the book including shallow characters, poor plot development and some icky sex scenes that seemed out of place. I dont have enough time to write all the things I disliked about this book. I'm sorry if I have hurt feelings.
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This isn't my usual genre but I found 'Transplanting Holly Oakwood' strangely captivating. At the start, I wasn't even sure that I liked Holly but as the story progressed I began to love her ability to overcome and I grew to like her and care about what happened to her.
Di Jones has a gift for using words and images that create a richness in an exceptional, descriptive style. She also tells a good story and has a knack for giving the readers just the right details to help us picture the scene. The story flows beautifully with a light touch that makes it easy to read. Once I'd started it, I couldn't put it down.
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Sometimes you need to get away from reality for a little while; to immerse yourself in someone else's world and to live a life you'd otherwise never get to live. I found this particular magic whilst reading Transplanting Holly Oakwood. The characters were believable and the plot funny yet poignant with twisty turns that kept you guessing to the very end. Will Holly be able to sort out her life and get the man of her dreams? You're just going to have to read it to find out.
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Spoiler alert

Holly Oakwood runs from England to Los Angeles, California when she finds her boyfriend is two timing her with her best friend. In her new job, her boss the Trade Commissioner, Brittany Brooke doesn't like her, and to make her look bad in the eyes of their boss, Guy Cutler, she gives her product lines that are impossible to place in the USA market or with insufficient time to complete it.

Adapting to her new life away from family friends and anything she knows, Holly makes friends with Charlie, a great hair stylist, but not so good in the relationship area. At a fundraiser she makes a spectacle of herself and the next day finds out that it is her new department head boss, returned from one of his many international flights. She believes his interest is pity. Compared to the beautiful but money and status grubbing Brittany what else is she supposed to think?

My own peeves nearly stopped me from reading past the first few pages. My suggestion? Keep reading. The novel quickly changes direction and I had a fun time reading it. Ms. Jones uses multiple point of view characters. It is easy to keep up with what is happening in the novel and what motivates each character. I liked the way she showed the USA compared to England without feeling "too" offended by some of the judgments. LOL.
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This is a very light romantic comedy very much reminiscent of Bridget Jones. In fact, many a time, I saw Bridget Jones in the character of Holly Oakwood. She's a little bit overweight, she drinks, she's a klutz, and she has a great talent for getting herself into trouble. The only danger I saw in making Holly so much like Bridget Jones is that almost copying the characteristics of a character, which was part of such a popular book and movie, spoils the originality of this story. As for The Devil Wears Prada, well, just think, dropping Bridget Jones in the sophisticated and superficial side of la-la land! And this is what happens to Holly.

I enjoyed reading this book despite the similarities to Bridget (you can tell I'm a Bridget fan, right?). However, I had to agree with one or two of the reviews here in that the American characters in the novel didn't come across as being believable because the "American" lingo was missing. Certain words and phrases the characters used were not at all American, but more British/NZ or Aussie. I read the author lived in the US for a while, but she didn't quite pull off the colloquialism. This is why it's best to stick to one's own country unless one is very familiar with the local slang and culture. I thought the author captured the environment of LA quite well though. Having been there myself for a while, I have to agree this is how I perceived it too, but then, I'm not American.

One last thing--the play for Holly between the two male protagonists Charlie and Guy was too closely reminiscent of the interchange between Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones, and this is yet another reference about being careful not to take too much from another author's novel. The other thing that threw me was Charlie's manner.
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