A Novel

Fiction - Womens
211 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2022
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Author Biography

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an award-winning, best-selling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College. She has published more than forty books; her work has been translated into many languages, and she has received more than forty book honors. She has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hollyland: A Novel is an engaging work in the women’s fiction and romance subgenres. It is best suited to the mature reading audience due to moderate sex references and adult language and was penned by author Patricia Leavy. In this charming and exciting work filled with interpersonal drama and starstruck chaos, we witness the fallout when an ordinary writer falls for a famous actor. Dee Schwartz and Ryder Field are bonded by the shared pain of parental loss, and this brings the unlikely pair together when love suddenly strikes. As their lives both rapidly shift as a result of their pairing, traumas of the past rear their ugly heads and threaten to jeopardize the fragile new happiness that they’ve discovered.

Author Patricia Leavy weaves a lot of excitement, charm, and romance into this concise and highly engrossing novel, one which I’d say is absolutely ideal for a holiday read or a cozy night in getting lost in a great story. The character development is the standout feature of the work, with a lot of care taken in the dialogue, presentation, and close narration of both Dee and Ryder as they take a chance of love and bare their past hurts and their raw souls in the process. Under the Hollywood spotlight, things get intense, and the action really ramps up in the latter section of the book to offer a superb climax filled with suspense. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Hollyland to fans of romance and women’s fiction everywhere; you will not be disappointed.