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Book of Polly, The

Hepinstall, Kathy

  27 Reviews

The embarrassment that children suffer at the hands of their parents is exemplified by Willow Havens who unexpectedly 'arrives' when her mother Polly is in her late 50s. But it's not all downhill from there; more a case of growing up and growing old together, unconventionally in their conventional Texan town. That is until Polly's health challenges and Willow's fierce determination to uncover the mystery of her mother's early life are set on a collision course.

Narrated by Willow, this is a delightfully entertaining Southern comedy of witty dialogue, quirky characters wrestling with the vagaries of life and testimony to the power of love and family, whatever form it takes.

Pages
322
Year
2017

Reviews

WHAKA 013
15-09-2022
We all enjoyed this amusing but touching story, maybe we all relate to a bit of Polly in ourselves!
PALMN 010
22-04-2022
Some very funny parts to the book.
CROMW 005
02-03-2022
Enjoyed by all.
CHCH 225
15-02-2022
We all thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well-written, and characters are absorbing and colourful!
MTCOOK 001
05-10-2021
Quirky but entertaining.
DUNED 036
17-09-2021
Our group very much enjoyed 'The Book of Polly'. We loved the humour and character descriptions, and the situations the characters found themselves in. Some situations sad but others funny.
TEPIR 001
15-09-2021
Delightful to read. Characters beautifully portrayed.
GORE 005
25-08-2021
Quirky. Easy reading.
ISLA 001
22-07-2021
An interesting read. Characters well drawn. Polly would be a great neighbour. Questions covered a good cross-section of novel.
TEAWA 004
19-07-2021
Easy read. Enjoyed by all.
WAIHEK 001
13-07-2021
An easy and entertaining read, with a lot of dry humour. Seen by some as 'chick lit'! Interesting view of a mother/daughter relationship, given the almost unbelievable age gap.
AUCK 063
31-05-2021
An easy read with quirky characters. Did resonate with those in our group who were only children or 'late additions' of older mothers.
WHITIAN 001
21-04-2021
Every member of our group loved this book. Great characters and very well-written.
GISB 001
08-03-2021
A great book with which to begin the year. Wonderful writing, original and witty.
NELS 076
08-03-2021
A fun, light read. We all loved it.
CHCH 010
20-01-2021
The majority of us enjoyed this book and found the quirky character of Polly especially, leavened the seriousness of the subject matter.
AUCK 210
30-10-2020
Funny, whimsical, a quick easy read. Focus on mother/daughter relationships. Tackles serious subjects with a light touch.
AUCK 342
30-10-2020
A little on the light side. Sweet, but slightly unbelievable at times.
CHCH 240
23-10-2020
What an interesting and strong character Polly was! Most enjoyed this book although some felt her character was orchestrated to fit the story. Clearly her past triggered her personality, and the book touched many emotions.
NGON 001
22-09-2020
The group agreed that this was a good easy read, without much depth to it. One of our members thought it would be more suitable for teenagers. Polly and Summer were both believable characters that were entertaining. At times it read like a fairy tale, but a feel good read all the same.
TIMAR 013
04-09-2020
Gentle, amusing, popular choice.
ALEXA 004
05-08-2020
The group all enjoyed this book.
WELL 086
27-07-2020
We loved the book.
WELL 141
09-07-2020
Funny in parts; simple enjoyment - not a must read.
DOYLE 001
05-06-2020
A few differing opinions as to Willow's upbringing, and Polly's relationship with her older children, but all agreed it was an enjoyable read.
WELL 189
01-05-2020
We found this to be a quirky story, easy to read and funny at times. Her life took quite an unusual journey, and explained the different relationships.
CROMW 009
27-11-2019
We all loved Polly and her blunt and honest way of dealing with the world! A great, and unpredictable story.