I have a massive soft spot for old movies. I’m talking black and white old. It all started when I was about 7 years old and my aunt introduced me to an old Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film called Holiday Inn. The premise of the film was that an inn in Connecticut only opens on holidays! (Thinking back on this, maybe it’s Holiday Inn that started me on my love of Connecticut?!) Anyway – I LOVED this movie. I still watch int every holiday season. After reading Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match by Marilyn Brant and seriously enjoying it, I started looking into other Brant novels. I came across Holiday Man which sounded a lot like a modern-day Holiday Inn! I tweeted with Marilyn back and forth and found out that yes, it was loosely based on the film! I knew then and there I had my next Marilyn Brant read.
Shannon Quinn is your quintessential small town girl. She is personable, cheerful, and an all around good person. She is the sole proprietor of Holiday Quinn, a resort getaway that is only opened during holiday weekends. Located in scenic Door County, Wisconsin, Shannon’s establishment is running along smoothly until a businessman from Milwaukee, Bram Hartwick, enters the picture. Not only does Bram totally throw Shannon off-balance, but both he and Shannon prove to be quite a pair as the heat is turned up on their relationship. Will Shannon be able to keep her mind off of Bram in order to run her business? Will Bram succeed in catching this woman whom he has found so intoxicating?
This book was so much fun to read! I’ve actually come to expect this from Brant’s novels. The characters are delightfully normal, the writing is humorous, and the romance is sexy! Bram and Shannon are equally intriguing characters. I loved how normal they were! How many times do we as individuals make assumptions about something or someone only to have our assumptions be wrong. That’s what Bran and Shannon’s relationship was like. The two had all these misconceptions about each other that unfortunately led to misunderstanding after misunderstanding. Eventually they figured out that communication was necessary if they ever stood a chance at being together. I was thrilled that Brant gave them a realistic problem with a realistic solution.
It gets boring sometimes reading books that dwell on complete fantasy. Sure, everyone needs a bit of the fantastical sometimes, but a healthy dose of realism does the mind good too. Everyone wants to believe in true love and Brant’s books allow just that. The ability to dream that there is that perfect person for all of us out there. And if she chooses to write that story as an ode to Holiday Inn? Well, that’s a-ok in my book.
4 out of 5 Stars
Holiday Man by Marilyn Brant
Twelfth Night Books (2012)
eBook: 741 pages