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Holly by Jude Deveraux
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Aug 21, 08

bookshelves: fiction, love-stories
Read in August, 2008

This is a wonderful love story with all the elements of old money and true Southern living. Holly Latham is an heiress to the Hollander Tool fortune. For all her money, she is a down to earth gal who cares deeply for others, especially her family.

One glorious teenage summer decided her future, a love of old plantations and their "care and feeding". To that end, she has almost reached her PhD but for her thesis. She decides to combine many loves and needs into one goal. She will write her thesis on Belle Chere whose owner just happens to be the reason for her career. That teenage summer was spent with Lorrie Beaumont working on his Revolutionary-period estate and falling in love. She goes after Lorrie to get him to marry her while she writes her thesis.

Holly's love of old houses gets her into trouble before she can begin her plan. She falls into a pit while prowling the grounds of such a house. No one knows where she is and the walls of the pit are concrete. What is a girl to do? Into her life walks Nick Taggert, a wealthy doctor who has come to the area to recover from a broken engagement. He is looking for someone to love him for him, not his money. Nick discovers Holly in the pit, helps her get out and from there sparks fly but not those of fury.

Nick doesn't tell Holly he's anything but the redneck she believes and Holly doesn't tell him that she is as wealthy as he and lets him believe she is a snob. They spend one spark filled weekend together and Holly vows never to see Nick again. But Nick has fallen in love and wants to find out if Holly feels the same. He hires on as Holly's family gardener to be near her.

Holly needs to make the decision of following her head or her heart as she tries to decide which of the two men she thinks she can be happier with.

There are a few plot twists as this story moves on and in the end turns out to be an enjoyable story.
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