Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh

December 16th, 2014 Kimberly Review 62 Comments

16th Dec
Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh
Holding Holly
by Julie Brannagh
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

About Julie Brannagh

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab. When she’s not writing, she’s reading–or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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62 Responses to “Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was sweet Jenny:) I have been watching all the new movies for Hallmark christmas 🙂

  1. Rita

    Cute cover and blurb. Sounds rather sweet and light, and short, so sounds like something I would enjoy, but I don’t think I will get to it this month, honestly. Thanks for constantly stretching in all directions in your reading and reviewing, and not just sticking to one genre 🙂

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  2. Lily

    More holiday reads! Kim I love when you review them because they get me excited for them and excited for the holidays!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah…I do some eye-rolling and giggle when watching them..lol

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Like I said Hallmark read all the way..filled with gooey goodness..LOL