Author: Eliza Gordon
Series: Hollie Porter #2
Published by: West 26th Street Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together,
often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart
Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She’s rebounded nicely from her run-in with Chloe the Cougar in the wilds of British Columbia, and this new life alongside concierge-in-shining-armor Ryan Fielding? Way more fun. After relocating to Ryan’s posh resort at Revelation Cove, Hollie embarks on an all-new adventure as the Cove’s wildlife experience educator, teaching guests and their kids about otters and orca and cougars, oh my.
When darling Ryan gets down on one NHL-damaged knee and pops the question of a lifetime, Hollie realizes this is where the real adventure begins. It’s all cake tasting, flower choosing, and dress fittings until a long-lost family member shows up at the Cove and threatens to hijack her shiny new life, forcing Hollie to redefine what family means to her. What is she willing to sacrifice to have one of her very own?
As Ryan’s words echo in her head—“Our raft, our rules”—Hollie has to face facts: a raft isn’t always tied together with blood and genetics. Sometimes it’s secured by love and loyalty… and occasional help from the clever creatures that call Revelation Cove home.
Hollie Porter Builds a Raft is so stinkin’ cute! Must Love Otters was one of my top reads of 2013, so I’m ashamed that it took me this long to read the sequel. It was so good, and I’m not surprised that it’s all kinds of adorable and full of laughs! It’s exactly what I needed, and now I feel like doodling hearts everywhere. 😀
It’s been a year since the events of the last book and life is great for Hollie. She’s in love, living in a beautiful place, and gets to work in nature with wildlife. Certainly a long way from when we first met her. But at a time she should be her happiest, it seems everything starts to stack against her.
I love Hollie so much! She’s such a wonderfully genuine protagonist that made me smile throughout the book with her humor and quirkiness. Her relationship with Ryan is everything! He’s seriously an amazing guy. He’s so supportive and always rolls with her antics, which often makes it even more entertaining.
It made me so dang happy to see how solid their relationship is no matter what’s thrown at them. And oh boy, is there ever plenty of chaos and misadventures! There definitely isn’t a shortage of humor, but there are some truly touching moments too.
The whole cast of characters are a delight, even when they drive poor Hollie up the wall. I love the connection she has with her dad, it’s so heartwarming that I just want to give him a big hug. And I’m not even a hugger.
This really is an all-around wonderful book that left me in a good mood. It ended on a very satisfying note, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get more of Hollie Porter soon.
The first book is only $0.99! Read it!