Monday, 17 March 2014
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant
There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.
The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble.
Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …'
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn tells the story of 35 year old Bonnie, who secretly shares the same crush as her 15 year old daughter Paige. But for Bonnie, Holden Finn is an escape, a chance to forget that Paige's dad has left them, that minimum wage barely pay the bills and that she can't open her heart to love again.
But could all that be about to change, when Paige wins a competition to meet the man they both lust after.....
Tilly Tennant whisks you away to a world of pure escapism, a world that starts out about a crush but evolves into so much more.
As the book takes on other dimensions, you are found pulled into a story that deals with a mother/daughter bond, the breakdown of a family and the heartache of wanting to love again.
It's a story that will absorb you and it doesn't matter what age you are, you will find someone to relate to.
Paige is a teenager, struggling with the normal teenage angst, but underneath she's hurting, dealing with a real problem, how do you cope when your dads walks out and you can't understand why.
What I loved about Paige is, behind every negative comment, you could understand that it came from her love for her mum and nan, I think the idea of their dynamics changing, scared her.
Which brings me to Bonnie, struggling, striving for happiness, not for her but for her daughter, I think anyone can understand this, the need for those they love to be happy.
Bonnie is a truly wonderful character, there is no side to her!
Then there's Jeanie, Bonnie's young at heart mum, the ageing groupie who has passed on her selfless trait to her daughter.
In short these three women, make this story the brilliant book that it is.
And then to top off the brilliance, throw in a hot heartthrob with stalker issues, a delivery guy with a great personality, looks and sense of humour and a best friend like no other and you have a book that will leave you hopelessly devoted to turning the page!
A big thank you to Tilly for sending me a copy to review.