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The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks

(Village of Primm #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  141 reviews
A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel.

Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the wome
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Published November 24th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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You know what I love? books that make you laugh and don't take themselves too seriously, and that is exactly what I get with this series. The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks by Julie Valerie is the second book in the Village of Primm series and I think I liked it even more than the first book (Holly Banks Full of Angst). It was so much fun, and I love Valerie's personable writing style. There is just something about the way she writes these books that I just love, and it makes them that much better ...more
Randi (randi_reads)
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

One month into living in their new home and town and Holly is still trying to keep up with her neighbors/fellow moms while wanting to start a film company. She's basically a hot mess with an unruly dog (appropriately named Struggle) and she desperately needs to get her home and her life organized.

Initially, I had a hard time getting into this book. I was just not feeling it and I felt the chapters were just way too long. (I needed a break and I hate stopping mid chapter!) The story and
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 in the Village of Primm series & takes place shortly after the 1st book, 'Holly Banks Full of Angst', which came out in 2019. You can read 'Peculiar Fate...' as a stand-alone, but I highly suggest reading the 1st book, too! You will surely love Holly & the Primm folk's as much as I did! Reading this current installment felt like meeting up w/ an old friend to talk about friendship, community, & motherhood.

'The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks' is light-hearted, heart-warming, heartfe
Maggie (Magsisreadingagain)
Book 2 in the Holly Banks series takes us back to the Village of Primm. Holly is starting to hit her stride, or at least she’s managing to get her daughter on the bus in the morning. Holly has high hopes for her life in Primm, including the picture-perfect home, the ideal family, and the dream job. But as the family dog digs up artifacts that threaten the very existence of the village, Holly faces a plethora of disasters that threaten her very sanity. Will she manage to overcome the obstacles, a ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since I enjoyed Holly Banks Full of Angst, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next in the Village of Primm. The story picks up where it left off, so that is definitely helpful in terms of continuity.

Overall, this was a good follow-up to the previous novel. I enjoyed getting to know Holly better. I could definitely relate to some of her current angst and the parts where she and Jack were discussing her plight were the most interesting to me. I can relate as a working mom in regard
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Our favorite friend, Holly Banks is back! In The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, she’s still living in the idyllic Village of Primm - in fact this one picks up just weeks later after we first met her!⁣

The shenanigans are aplenty as Holly gets into all sorts of crazy situations - as Holly often does. But this time, there’s a lot more heart, and even some scary situations… with a side of curious mystery and the importance of family taking center stage.⁣ I did find I missed a lot of the quirky fun h
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first yet but it seems like you don't need to read it first to understand the relationships. There is enough backstory and setup to introduce you to the Town of Primm and Holly's life there. Though there seems like way more misadventures and peculiar happenings were going on in that book that you might want to check it out to find out the origin. There was so much happening in this book and seriously I can relate. The juggle is real!! I ...more
Jamele (BookswithJams)
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner, arcs, audiobooks
In The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks we pick up where book one left off. Struggle had a larger role in this one, which I loved. Holly is a little more settled and is wanting to get back into her love of film making, but she is still trying to do it all and then some, which backfires as we well know. I was so attached to each of these characters, and while I missed the snarky banter b/w she and the Queen Bee, there was plenty of drama and shenanigans in this one and I was yet again thoroughly ente ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Glowing review to come!!
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
I absolutely loved Holly Banks is Full of Angst. It had me laughing out loud, and was just such a great story. While I liked this sequel, I have to say I was a little bit disappointed. I didn't feel this one had the same humor as the first and thats why I had loved the original so much! I did enjoy catching up with all our favorite characters, but I just wish we had the same humor as the first book. ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS by Julie Valerie to read and review. Thank you to Julie Valerie, Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for the advanced electronic copy and finished copy!

THE PECULIAR FATE HOLLY BANKS is the second book in Julie Valerie’s Village of Primm series. I really enjoyed meeting Holly in book one, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST and was happy to get a chance to make a return to the Village of Primm. This book picks up not long after the first b
Nicole Bibliolau19
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.”
― Charles Swindoll

I've always been one who struggles with change. I like routine, structure, predictability, control, but unfortunately, none of these things applies to a global pandemic. Since March, we have all had to roll with the punches.
On_a_sandbar (Carol)
I enjoyed this book so much! Even more than the first one, Holly Banks Full of Angst and I’ll be ready to read the continuing adventures of Holly and the Village of Primm.

I adored this book. Adored it! This is the second book in the Village of Primm series, (you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy this one - but I recommend both!!) Holly and her family are adjusting to their lives in Primm, where they moved a month ago for her husband Jack’s job transfer. The characters are so relatable,
Jill (chill_jilland_read)
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holly Banks is back!

This series is for fans of I Love Lucy meets Desperate Housewives. Holly Banks is a mom who is just trying to remember to water the plants and keep the dog fed, but living in the uppity Primm Village adds so much more to her overflowing plate. In the second book of the series, Holly finds herself in the spotlight when she uncovers an old artifact in the town which brings her in the middle of two rival towns while trying to keep her house clean for the parade of homes.

Holly Ba
A cute follow-up to 2019’s Holly Banks Full of Angst, The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks follows the same formula as the first.

Holly, newly moved to the Village of Primm, has lofty goals to have and do it all in what is supposed to be suburban utopia. In her efforts to be the best wife, the best mother, and the best neighbor, crazy hijinks of course ensue. And through it all, Holly fails miserably, and once again learns that having and doing it all isn’t as important as family and friends.

The per
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-tour, arc, 2020
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks is the second in Julie Valerie's Village of Primm series (the first, Holly Banks Full of Angst, is free on Kindle Unlimited and the ebook is on sale for $1.99!) but it totally works as a stand alone story too.

The Village of Primm is filled with quirky characters and reminds me a bit of Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. At the heart of the book is Holly Banks, a former film producer who's been staying home to raise her daughter but now questions what's next
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Julie Valerie and Lake Union Publishing for my gifted copy of The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks! Fans of Valerie’s first book will be delighted with Holly’s return and her escapades trying to keep up with everyone in the Village of Primm.

Holly Banks is a character that you can tell Valerie has had fun with. In The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, I saw Holly display some great growth and really realize what was important in life, as various events in her life unfolded (trying no
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
*review copy from NetGalley

I did not know this was book two in a series, I requested the title because the cover and description seemed fun. Though, I admit I could've gone back and read book #1, I do think I was able to quickly find my way with this quirky little novel.

Holly Banks's life is peculiar indeed, from the move to the village of Primm, home to the prestigious academy where she wants her daughter to go to school, to obsessions with modern hobbies such as bullet journaling (which I da
Linda McCutcheon
"Look out your window from time to time. Step outside and look up. Miraculous things surround you." - Psychic Betty

Happy Publication Day to one of my most anticipated books of the year. The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks (Village of Primm 2) is everything I wanted to the follow up of the magnificent Holly Banks Full of Angst to be and so much more than I thought possible.

Starting a week after the previous book ended it is like we never left Holly's crazy world. She is still trying to keep up with
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Peculiar Fate Of Holly Banks by Julie Valerie is a Contemporary Fiction novel which focuses on the life of the main protagonist, Holly Banks.She's a wife, mother and an aspiring film maker who is recently shifted to a new neighborhood, Primm village. The people and women of this area are hard to keep up with. the place is pricey and hyped.

Holly is striving for a perfect life but as we all know nothing in life goes as planned. At one side there is shifting and unpacked boxes left at home, and
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We follow Holly and her family, in simply what is her life. A fun, hilarious, yet relatable story of a modern-day family in their new neighbourhood where community and pretenses are everything. Now imagine a stay-at-home mom, yearning to go back to work, that wants to fit in, have it all, but barely struggles to keep up. Oh, and secretly eats Nutella from a jar when she's stressed out.

I could totally picture Reese Whitherspoon in a motion picture of this novel. Drop Reese into the Desperate Hous
Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
Honestly I had a hard time getting into this book. For me the pace was so slow in the beginning and it was hard to understand or grasp the story. The writing is really well done and the flow makes it easy to read but the content wasn’t enough to grasp my interest. The chapters for me were way too long and I would find myself needing to take breaks from this book.

There was a likeable humor to Holly with her funny quirks, but in general I couldn’t connect with Holly and her obsessive need to fit i
This book is a domestic satire about a lady called Holly Banks, who has just shifted to the much hyped and prized "Primm" village! How she copes with the ever energetic PTA head Margaret left us in splits in the 1st part.
The 2nd part shows her settled a month down in the village. Her relationship with her mother Greta and the way it evolvess towards the end is on a verge in this part.At the end there is no thing as a perfect mom, we all struggle in our own ways and at the end 'let it go' mantra
Carolina | Looking For Carol
This is the sequel to Holly Banks Full of Angst, but can definitely be read as a standalone – which is what I did. At the beginning I was really intrigued about where the story was taking me. We were following a family in a new town, trying to deal with everything that comes with it, and Holly who is trying to get back to film making.

Unfortunately, I had a bit of a hard time finishing this one. Some parts were quite interesting and I didn’t want to stop reading, and then other ones felt really r
Thi (bookedfortheweekend_)
This is the second installment in the Village of Primm series and my trip back to the Village of Primm did not disappoint.

In spite of all the mishaps and mayhems that seem to find and follow Holly, it was good to see Holly find her purpose and saw her dreams as well as improve her relationship with her mother. I liked that some of the struggles Holly and her family went through were quite realistic. If you are looking for a fun, light, laugh out loud read, look no further!

Full review to come
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks is a quirky, fun and quick read. Even though I hadn't read the first book of the series, I had no difficulty following the plot line. I would have liked a little bit more depth to the characters, as everything seemed to be on the surface. Overall, the book was fine but I wanted more. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Holly Banks Full of Angst, and was looking forward to this book. It didn't disappoint and I enjoyed returning to the Village of Primm. This book is light hearted and funny while also getting into some more serious topics. Holly is always getting herself into funny situations but she finds solutions to get herself out of them. The family dynamic in this book is sweet and Holly is just trying to be a good mom in the Village of Primm. I'd recommend the Holly ...more
Darla Rennegarbe
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Julie Valerie's follow up to Holly Banks Full of Angst (still the best damn title ever) is The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks.

My return visit to the Village of Primm (VOP for those in the know) did not disappoint. All the madcap mayhem is here: A kindergarten wedding between Q&U; the Banks dog, Struggle, reveals hidden talents, starting a village wide treasure hunt; a hyper competitive VOP house tour to raise funds to repair Plume and the Topiary Park; and Holly launches Holly Banks Produc
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Holly Banks lives in the Village of Primm with her husband, Jack, daughter, Ella, and her mother, Greta. They have a dog, Struggles that is always running away and getting into trouble. This was the first I read in the series so some things I didn't understand that must have been addressed in the first book such as Holly's involvement in the chilli thrips invasion.

I felt the book was a bit long. I didn't really see the point of her correspondence on line with Psychic Betty and I hated the cutes
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Standalones in a connected series, Holly Banks Full of Angst, Book One in the Village of Primm series, released December 1, 2019, with Lake Union. The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, Book Two in the series, releases November 24, 2020, also with Lake Union.

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 i

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Village of Primm (2 books)
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