Have you ever connected with a character so much, you thought this book had to be written around me? That’s what happened while reading debut author, Julie Valerie’s novel, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST (LakeUnion). I thought I was one of the only women who can’t catch a break? I mean really, making a good first impression is no longer possible for me. I either act weird, nervous, some might say haughty, please! Holly Banks makes me realize there’s lots of us gals just trying to be perfect, when perfection doesn’t exist and good first impressions are hit or miss.
Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look.
Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…
To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood mystery—right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as—and even wackier than—she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?
“If I learned anything this week, it’s this: nothing’s permanent; everything changes. And there’s more than one word for happy.” Holly Banks – after surviving her first week in Primm
Julie Valerie is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge and serves on the board of directors of James River Writers. Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and has a master’s degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. She enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Julie married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English labradors. Holly Banks Full of Angst is her debut novel. Follow Julie Valerie’s Amazon author page, and be the first to learn of new releases and author updates. Learn more about Julie and subscribe to her newsletter at julievalerie.com. Connect with Julie on Twitter and Pinterest at Julie_Valerie, on Facebook and Instagram at JulieValerieAuthor, and on Goodreads at JulieValerie.
HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST will be published December 1st. Make sure to pre-order your copy. Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the best part of parenting … a little one in kindergarten? We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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