The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall: 4 amused stars!

the book of polly by kathy hepinstall

Hola! I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since my last post. That doesn’t mean that I have not read in a year though. I read a grand total of maybe 3-4 books since the last review. But like I said, when that happens, it’s usually for good reason. Travel is back and on top of travel writing, I have also embarked on a new career journey: aviation journalism. Yes, I’m busier and after travelling overseas for the first time since the pandemic, I needed some down time and documenting (or reviewing) books I read gives me a familiar feeling of being grounded.

So anyhoo. This is the latest book I’ve read. I was looking for books with strong, sassy female characters (preferably southern). I consulted goodreads and here you go.

The Book of Polly was the perfect dose of what I wanted.

Ten-year old Willow Havens is obsessed with the fear that her mother, Polly, will die. Polly–a take-no-prisoners Southerner who lives to drink margaritas and antagonize the neighbors in their small Texas town–was in her late fifties when Willow was born. Willow knows she’s here by accident , and she is desperate for clues about all that preceded her, especially Polly’s secret past.

That synopsis was all I needed to get a copy of this book.

Admittedly, I didn’t care so much about the plot. The plot turns ridiculous towards the end (and it just dragged) but Polly’s quips, lines, and sass were enough to entertain me.

When I reached 3/4ths of the book, I gave up on the story but kept coming back for Polly-isms.

So overall 4 stars for the amusement.

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