MYS Reading List: Hollywood Holidays
A moment of realization forces people to take a hard uncomfortable look at their lives. This moment can come at anytime. When it strikes, you have to decide what you will do with the cold truth. Harper decided she could not continue feeling alone with Grant, her husband of twelve years, in the same room. However, Grant never thought Harper would leave him or was unhappy in their marriage. Determined to get as far away as possible from her husband, Harper goes from Tennessee to California. Though Hollywood Holidays starts of sad and cold, it is full of humor, fashion, and love.
First off, some of these characters are outlandish. For example, Reggie is a homosexual man who is almost short enough to be a legal midget. He is an extraordinary planner by day and love guru by night. He is a great guy, but it’s hard not to think of him as an elf. Then there is Jake Benton. Unless you lucked out on your first love. We’ve all had a Jake. The smooth talking self-serving opportunist that we keep around for some unknown reason (infatuation). His actions will have you yelling at your tablet, as well as, comparing him to last or current jerks in your life. At least there is a healthy amount of retail therapy.
Fashion and fitness are two major things D.D. Scott focuses on. Harper is a label girl. Don’t let those designer labels fool you. There is more to her then meets the eye. Also, fashion is a broad term and goes outside of clothing. Interior decorating (especially for holidays) is another slice of fashion. It sets the mood and sends a message to all that are willing to listen. I’d love to see Grant’s Estate. Scott’s attention to detail makes me wish I could see Harper’s Tiffany engagement ring and wedding band. Grant spared no expense. Also, Harper spends a healthy amount of time hitting the pavement. In truth, I’m jealous of her scenic route. Don’t get me wrong, I love running in my area, but running on the east coast during the late fall months must feel like spring or summer in California. Plus, I don’t get to go to a beach and watch the sunset.
In order to love someone, you have to love and prioritize number 1. That is you. Harper finds herself in difficult relationships, because she lost her self being the woman she thought Grant wanted. Plus, she is on an emotional rollercoaster with a man with deviant intentions. Self love is crucial for all relationships. If you don’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else. In a nutshell, Hollywood Holidays shows that self growth and empowerment can come at any age. It was a light read for me. There are some PG-13 to R moments. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Christmas is around the corner. It’s a perfect time to add Hollywood Holidays to your winter reading list.