by Julie Brannagh
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Holly Reynolds has a secret. Make that two. The first involves upholding her grandmother’s hobby of answering Dear Santa letters from dozens of local schoolchildren. The second ... well, he just came strolling in the door. For the last two years, Holly has not been able to stop thinking about gorgeous Seattle Shark Derrick Collins. His on-field exploits induce nightmares in quarterbacks across the NFL, but she knows he has a heart of gold. Derrick has never known a woman he wanted to bring home to meet his family, mostly because he keeps picking the wrong ones—until he runs into sweet, shy Holly Reynolds. Different from anyone he’s ever known, Derrick realizes she might just be everything he needs. When he discovers her holiday letter writing, he is determined to play Santa too. And as the pair team up to bring joy to one little boy very much in need, they discover the most precious Christmas gift of all: love.
Holding Holly is a holiday romance novella, in the Love and Football series by Julie Brannagh and takes place in the town of Noel at the peak of the holiday season. Cute, clean and filled with good will towards men, this is a delightful way to spend an evening.
Espresso review of Holding Holly
Holly is home in Noel to help her grandmother while school is out for the holiday. Between working at the local coffee shop and helping to answers letters to Santa, she is quite busy. Brannagh introduces the friends to lover’s troupe when Seattle Shark Derrick Collins brings his favorite ladies shopping in Noel. His favorite ladies happen to be his Mom and grandmother. While they are buying out the fabric store, he steps in for coffee and recognizes the shy girl behind the counter. Holly works the coffee shop at the stadium while in school. Both are shy and drawn to other. It was sweet, and we learn they both have been curious about the other. The tale that unfolds has sweet dates, good will towards men, and all the gooeyness of a Hallmark Channel movie.
Holding Holly was a nice introduction to the author and series for me, and we meet some of the other characters in the series but this held its own as a sweet quick holiday read.
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