Thursday, 8 October 2020

For Holly by Tanya Byrne

Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It's a cliché but it's true.
Lola Durand can't get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother's death together.
If he won't listen, she'll show him. She'll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it.
Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She's going to share it.

For Holly wasn't the top of my list to pick up because I don't really find the cover very appealing but this is one of those don't judge a book by its cover moments. 
Lola is a really interesting young lady, she has recently lost her mother in a terrible accident and her whole world was turned upside down. Lolas dad married Agatha who lives in Paris and that is where Lola finds herself living. Lola hates everything about living in Paris or at least she things that she does. 
This story follows Lola in a complicated journey of revenge and growth. 

The characters in this story are so diverse, I really enjoyed meeting all of them well except for Agatha. 

I am not normally interested in mystery books but this one was fast paced and kept me really interested. The book is written in the style of a diary which definitely helped with the pacing. The book covers Lolas grief and a couple of tragedies. 

Growing up my family used to take many trips to France so the snippets of french conversation was a welcome treat and for the bits that I was unable to understand Lola cleared up in English for us.    

I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it for an interesting quick read. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

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