Review of ‘The Holdout’

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Robin Bricker has a mission. She wanted to win a million bucks on the reality TV show, ‘Holdout.’ Then, she fell for Grant, another contestant, who was merely using her to position himself to win. Humiliated, and facing family issues, Robin returns home to Iowa to await the final reunion episode of ‘Holdout.’ Then, she’s called to jury duty, where she learns the importance of being willing to stand alone when necessary, but more importantly, she learns to trust again.

Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp is a fascinating novella. The dialogue is sparkling, the descriptions are just detailed enough to put you in the picture without boring you, and the characters seem like people you know—some of whom you really don’t like too much. Osterkamp writes with an authoritative hand, packing a lifetime worth of interest in a few words.

Absolutely brilliant. Five stars.

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