Reviews: The Fruit Bowl

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“Brilliant book!”

I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh and cry multiple times and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story!

 

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Kyla T

“Brilliant book!”

I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh and cry multiple times and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story!

 

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Kyla T

“This book is wonderful!”

Within the first few pages of the book I felt a strong empathy and love for the characters and their well being – a feat that only very good writers can accomplish. The story is a beautiful and touching insight into loss, love, and how incredibly vital human connection is to every person. Dominic Holland did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and making them wonderfully real and charming. The Fruit Bowl is a fantastic book and I highly recommend to others that have an interest in reading it. It is well worth it!

 

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Riley C

“This book is wonderful!”

Within the first few pages of the book I felt a strong empathy and love for the characters and their well being – a feat that only very good writers can accomplish. The story is a beautiful and touching insight into loss, love, and how incredibly vital human connection is to every person. Dominic Holland did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and making them wonderfully real and charming. The Fruit Bowl is a fantastic book and I highly recommend to others that have an interest in reading it. It is well worth it!

 

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Riley C

“Great reading!!! “

I’m a very emotional person but I’m not used to cry by reading a book though. You did manage this, congrats. For your information, the only other novelist to give me real feelings with his books is a certain Stephen King!… One more word : I really appreciated the use of French words, as usual,  and The French Table mention in the name of all your French teasers, no doubt.

 

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Caroline D

“Great reading!!! “

I’m a very emotional person but I’m not used to cry by reading a book though. You did manage this, congrats. For your information, the only other novelist to give me real feelings with his books is a certain Stephen King!… One more word : I really appreciated the use of French words, as usual,  and The French Table mention in the name of all your French teasers, no doubt.

 

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Caroline D

“One of the best I have ever read”

This book is undoubtedly one of the best I have ever read. To put briefly: it has the thrill of something new and comforting familiarity of home.

 

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Jess P

“One of the best I have ever read”

This book is undoubtedly one of the best I have ever read. To put briefly: it has the thrill of something new and comforting familiarity of home.

 

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Jess P

“It made me laugh and cry”

I decided to buy the fruit bowl as my first English book/novel and I can say with certainty that it was amazing and that I don’t regret the choice! It made me laugh and cry and for me it’s very hard to cry over anything! So proud of this book and I can’t wait to read the next!

 

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Ana C

“It made me laugh and cry”

I decided to buy the fruit bowl as my first English book/novel and I can say with certainty that it was amazing and that I don’t regret the choice! It made me laugh and cry and for me it’s very hard to cry over anything! So proud of this book and I can’t wait to read the next!

 

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Ana C

“Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful”

Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful – a real peach of a book (other fruits are available).

 

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Alison S

“Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful”

Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful – a real peach of a book (other fruits are available).

 

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Alison S

“In a word, beautiful”

Never before has an author made me feel what Dominic Holland has made me feel.  This type of fiction is not something I would normally find myself reading, but I am glad I took a chance on it, for it has truly changed my life. Mr. Holland has a gift for making the reader feel just as vulnerable as the characters he describes. I am not one to reread books, but I believe I may be making an exception for this one. A modern masterpiece.

 

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Isabella B

“In a word, beautiful”

Never before has an author made me feel what Dominic Holland has made me feel.  This type of fiction is not something I would normally find myself reading, but I am glad I took a chance on it, for it has truly changed my life. Mr. Holland has a gift for making the reader feel just as vulnerable as the characters he describes. I am not one to reread books, but I believe I may be making an exception for this one. A modern masterpiece.

 

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Isabella B

“Gripping tale”

Despite my workload I made sure to leave every night clear so I can read this book. Its’ gripping tale kept me up way past when I planned to put it down! It’s sad, happy, and everything in between, the ending leaves you satisfied enough as well. I say “enough” because I’m always the person who asks the author for a sequel. Anyways, I’m excited to recommend this to the next person I see!

 

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Rachel L

“Gripping tale”

Despite my workload I made sure to leave every night clear so I can read this book. Its’ gripping tale kept me up way past when I planned to put it down! It’s sad, happy, and everything in between, the ending leaves you satisfied enough as well. I say “enough” because I’m always the person who asks the author for a sequel. Anyways, I’m excited to recommend this to the next person I see!

 

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Rachel L

“This was incredible”

One of the best books I ever read! I can’t remember ever crying or laughing as hard as I did whilst reading the fruit bowl. A story that everyone can relate to on some level, and just the simple reflection on the good in every person. I loved it and I can’t wait for your next book

 

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Yasmin J

“This was incredible”

One of the best books I ever read! I can’t remember ever crying or laughing as hard as I did whilst reading the fruit bowl. A story that everyone can relate to on some level, and just the simple reflection on the good in every person. I loved it and I can’t wait for your next book

 

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Yasmin J

“Money well spent, I loved the book”

Dom, it was a honour reading your book. I purchased this book it was simply because I missed being in the classroom, reading. I didn’t realise I would miss that feeling so much over the lockdown period. So I chose this book because it just so happened that your son, Tom, was promoting it on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go, mainly because he said it would make me both laugh and cry and I needed to feel something other than stress. Money well spent, I loved the book! Beth was a great name choice by the way. I felt all the feels. Over never cried reading a book before (and I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars). It was my first time reading a book of yours and I am glad to say that I would happily read all your books. Thanks for making my summer in lockdown a whole lot better.

 

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Beth D

“Money well spent, I loved the book”

Dom, it was a honour reading your book. I purchased this book it was simply because I missed being in the classroom, reading. I didn’t realise I would miss that feeling so much over the lockdown period. So I chose this book because it just so happened that your son, Tom, was promoting it on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go, mainly because he said it would make me both laugh and cry and I needed to feel something other than stress. Money well spent, I loved the book! Beth was a great name choice by the way. I felt all the feels. Over never cried reading a book before (and I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars). It was my first time reading a book of yours and I am glad to say that I would happily read all your books. Thanks for making my summer in lockdown a whole lot better.

 

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Beth D

“An emotional rollercoaster”

I launched myself into this book knowing how much it meant to Dom. It didn’t disappoint to say the least. It’s written from a man’s viewpoint but is full of emotion and immense courage in the face of such adversity. You root for the main character Tom and become invested in his story and outcome. I loved the references to the actual fruit bowl and the story behind it.  I wanted to get to the closure of the story but really didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed every page of  this book. What can I say but -Congratulations Dom I absolutely loved it!!

 

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Lorraine B

“An emotional rollercoaster”

I launched myself into this book knowing how much it meant to Dom. It didn’t disappoint to say the least. It’s written from a man’s viewpoint but is full of emotion and immense courage in the face of such adversity. You root for the main character Tom and become invested in his story and outcome. I loved the references to the actual fruit bowl and the story behind it.  I wanted to get to the closure of the story but really didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed every page of  this book. What can I say but -Congratulations Dom I absolutely loved it!!

 

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Lorraine B

“Finished it in 2 days”

Bought Eclipsed and Fruit bowl for daughters 16th birthday, so while she read eclipsed I read Fruit Bowl. This is the first book I have physically read for years as I listen to Audible. Wow, so pleased I did, finished it in 2 days as I couldn’t put it down. I sobbed in places! So moving, drawing out my empathy for the lead character, and how I would feel if it happened to me. I need more Dominic Holland books!
On a personal note Sophie was delighted with the books which we gave her early, and ecstatic you had personalised them for her. She is hoping to go to Tring park to study Drama, so eclipsed is perfect for her.

 

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Beverley L

“Finished it in 2 days”

Bought Eclipsed and Fruit bowl for daughters 16th birthday, so while she read eclipsed I read Fruit Bowl. This is the first book I have physically read for years as I listen to Audible. Wow, so pleased I did, finished it in 2 days as I couldn’t put it down. I sobbed in places! So moving, drawing out my empathy for the lead character, and how I would feel if it happened to me. I need more Dominic Holland books!
On a personal note Sophie was delighted with the books which we gave her early, and ecstatic you had personalised them for her. She is hoping to go to Tring park to study Drama, so eclipsed is perfect for her.

 

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Beverley L

“I couldn’t put the book down”

I couldn’t put the book down, it’s beautifully written and let’s you experience the range of emotions the protagonist must face while he recovers from tragedy. It’s tragic but perfect in every way, it had me crying at the start and also the end. It had me laughing in between the grief, the blending of comedy with the tragedy and grief is just astounding. All in all it’s a beautiful, moving and emotional story filled with interesting characters and a grief we’ll all face at some points in our lives, the raw exposure of emotion made me enjoy every minute of reading. Definitely one of the best books I have read in my entire life. A word of advice do not read in public unless your comfortable with people seeing you cry, I learned the hard way.
Can’t wait to read the rest of Dominic Hollands work.

 

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Casey O'D

“I couldn’t put the book down”

I couldn’t put the book down, it’s beautifully written and let’s you experience the range of emotions the protagonist must face while he recovers from tragedy. It’s tragic but perfect in every way, it had me crying at the start and also the end. It had me laughing in between the grief, the blending of comedy with the tragedy and grief is just astounding. All in all it’s a beautiful, moving and emotional story filled with interesting characters and a grief we’ll all face at some points in our lives, the raw exposure of emotion made me enjoy every minute of reading. Definitely one of the best books I have read in my entire life. A word of advice do not read in public unless your comfortable with people seeing you cry, I learned the hard way.
Can’t wait to read the rest of Dominic Hollands work.

 

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Casey O'D

“I wanted to try something new”

Usually I read thrillers and fantasy, because I love the action and suspense and it just captivates me. But I wanted to try something new and so I decided to read the books of Dom. Fruit Bowl is the first book I read by him and I love it. I have to say I had to take a break pretty quickly because I shed so many tears that I couldn’t read any further. I didn’t think that a novel could captivate me like this, because I was sure I would miss the action. But whenever I put the book aside, I couldn’t wait to read on. I love the story as it is written and just the whole book. Definitely recommend!

 

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Desiree K

“I wanted to try something new”

Usually I read thrillers and fantasy, because I love the action and suspense and it just captivates me. But I wanted to try something new and so I decided to read the books of Dom. Fruit Bowl is the first book I read by him and I love it. I have to say I had to take a break pretty quickly because I shed so many tears that I couldn’t read any further. I didn’t think that a novel could captivate me like this, because I was sure I would miss the action. But whenever I put the book aside, I couldn’t wait to read on. I love the story as it is written and just the whole book. Definitely recommend!

 

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Desiree K

“Poignant story”

A brilliant and poignant story of unimaginable loss and perseverance of the human spirit that you will not be able to put down. It pulls on every heart string and will have you crying with Tom and laughing with Paddy. Truly a page-turner and a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.

 

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Krista L

“Poignant story”

A brilliant and poignant story of unimaginable loss and perseverance of the human spirit that you will not be able to put down. It pulls on every heart string and will have you crying with Tom and laughing with Paddy. Truly a page-turner and a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.

 

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Krista L

“Wow!!!”

I couldn’t put the book down. Amazing novel that has a bit of everything. I cried, laughed and was left wanting more. Excellent work!!!

 

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Celia G

“Wow!!!”

I couldn’t put the book down. Amazing novel that has a bit of everything. I cried, laughed and was left wanting more. Excellent work!!!

 

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Celia G

“Wonderful piece of work”

It reminded me that when bad things happen, and you have the courage to get up, and get on with it, the good comes along…that what ever you give from the heart, will return to you in warmth and love!

 

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Gabriela N

“Wonderful piece of work”

It reminded me that when bad things happen, and you have the courage to get up, and get on with it, the good comes along…that what ever you give from the heart, will return to you in warmth and love!

 

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Gabriela N

“Such a wonderful read!”

Early on my imagination took flight and brought with it every emotion on the spectrum from sorrow to joy! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and I was left wishing the lives of the characters would continue on and more chapters would appear as I was finishing the book. I could hardly put it down I was so invested! I had a lovely time reading The Fruit Bowl and think others would enjoy it as well!

 

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Grace H

“Such a wonderful read!”

Early on my imagination took flight and brought with it every emotion on the spectrum from sorrow to joy! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and I was left wishing the lives of the characters would continue on and more chapters would appear as I was finishing the book. I could hardly put it down I was so invested! I had a lovely time reading The Fruit Bowl and think others would enjoy it as well!

 

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Grace H

” This book was an absolute delight”

This book was an absolute delight and Dom just gets better and better. After reading Eclipsed and Open Links, I had high hopes and was not disappointed! Dom has an incredible talent for masterfully blending tragedy and comedy and creating characters you genuinely root for. Another amazing addition to my collection of books by Mr Holland!

 

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Becky M

” This book was an absolute delight”

This book was an absolute delight and Dom just gets better and better. After reading Eclipsed and Open Links, I had high hopes and was not disappointed! Dom has an incredible talent for masterfully blending tragedy and comedy and creating characters you genuinely root for. Another amazing addition to my collection of books by Mr Holland!

 

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Becky M

” Absolutely loved the book”

A wonderful  story of a man going through a tragedy and grief and then finding a purpose to live again. So many interesting characters, so many different emotions, so real and genuine…. and beautifully written. Thanks Mr Holland for writing this beautiful, moving and emotional story. Enjoyed every minute of reading it.

 

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Athena G

” Absolutely loved the book”

A wonderful  story of a man going through a tragedy and grief and then finding a purpose to live again. So many interesting characters, so many different emotions, so real and genuine…. and beautifully written. Thanks Mr Holland for writing this beautiful, moving and emotional story. Enjoyed every minute of reading it.

 

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Athena G

“I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter.”

Loved it! I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter. The story is beautifully written. It has it all: love, heartache, hope, laughter, growth and intrigue. Definitely a page turner and highly recommended!

 

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Laura K

“I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter.”

Loved it! I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter. The story is beautifully written. It has it all: love, heartache, hope, laughter, growth and intrigue. Definitely a page turner and highly recommended!

 

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Laura K

“The writing was beautiful and you, as the reader, feel the emotions of the characters!”

The writing was beautiful and you, as the reader, feel the emotions of the characters! One of the few books to make me cry multiple times! LOVED IT and Dom is definitely one of my favourite writers!

 

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Janey L

“The writing was beautiful and you, as the reader, feel the emotions of the characters!”

The writing was beautiful and you, as the reader, feel the emotions of the characters! One of the few books to make me cry multiple times! LOVED IT and Dom is definitely one of my favourite writers!

 

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Janey L

“The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly”

I really enjoyed reading this book – although the opening few chapters put you through an emotional wringer!  The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly.  You really start to root for the characters and end up wanting to give most of them the longest hug!   My one piece of feedback – and this applies to Open Links too (which I also loved) – is that the ending seems a bit rushed and all tied up very quickly. The beautiful pace disappears in a seeming hurry to get everything wrapped up.   I’d happily read extra chapters that go into a bit more depth and detail of how the story is resolved. I prefer The Fruit Bowl and Open Links to I, Gabriel  – but that is obviously just personal choice. Keep writing Dom – but please slower endings!

 

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Sara G

“The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly”

I really enjoyed reading this book – although the opening few chapters put you through an emotional wringer!  The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly.  You really start to root for the characters and end up wanting to give most of them the longest hug!   My one piece of feedback – and this applies to Open Links too (which I also loved) – is that the ending seems a bit rushed and all tied up very quickly. The beautiful pace disappears in a seeming hurry to get everything wrapped up.   I’d happily read extra chapters that go into a bit more depth and detail of how the story is resolved. I prefer The Fruit Bowl and Open Links to I, Gabriel  – but that is obviously just personal choice. Keep writing Dom – but please slower endings!

 

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Sara G

“This story was beyond moving”

With the craziness of today’s world it is always wonderful to get lost in a good book. Thankfully, “The Fruit Bowl”, was up to the task.

As usual Mr. Holland, your ability to weave so many stories and characters together into a seamless exchange is impressive and a joy to read through. This book was fantastic and something that I think the world really needs right now. So many lives have been drastically changed and torn apart by this pandemic that I think this story will serve as an excellent symbol of hope for many.

This story was beyond moving and I think a very accurate representation of the journey of grief. I believe often that people put too much emphasis on when grief will end and when a person might become “normal” again after dealing with grief. I love that you approached the topic in this book of grief being gut-wrenching and that a person might never become truly “normal” again. It was excellent though that paired alongside this harsh reality of grief, there was the hope throughout the story that things could indeed improve and get better for someone, even if it does not make sense initially. I also appreciated that you really had Tom’s character in charge of his own path to healing and that he really went with his gut to know what was right. I think people that are either currently experiencing extreme grief or have experienced it in the past will receive comfort and hope from this story of recovery and healing. I personally have experienced several losses in my life that were quite traumatic and I know I will return to this book as a form of healing whenever the grief becomes too overwhelming to handle.

So thank you Mr. Holland for writing this beautiful, tragic, emotional, and victorious story. It was truly an honour to read. Also once again with the main character being named Tom and that Paddy Porter had four sons with his youngest being named Paddy, it is wonderful to see you bring your family into your stories and into you art. Thank you again for another wonderful story.

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Audrey L

“This story was beyond moving”

With the craziness of today’s world it is always wonderful to get lost in a good book. Thankfully, “The Fruit Bowl”, was up to the task.

As usual Mr. Holland, your ability to weave so many stories and characters together into a seamless exchange is impressive and a joy to read through. This book was fantastic and something that I think the world really needs right now. So many lives have been drastically changed and torn apart by this pandemic that I think this story will serve as an excellent symbol of hope for many.

This story was beyond moving and I think a very accurate representation of the journey of grief. I believe often that people put too much emphasis on when grief will end and when a person might become “normal” again after dealing with grief. I love that you approached the topic in this book of grief being gut-wrenching and that a person might never become truly “normal” again. It was excellent though that paired alongside this harsh reality of grief, there was the hope throughout the story that things could indeed improve and get better for someone, even if it does not make sense initially. I also appreciated that you really had Tom’s character in charge of his own path to healing and that he really went with his gut to know what was right. I think people that are either currently experiencing extreme grief or have experienced it in the past will receive comfort and hope from this story of recovery and healing. I personally have experienced several losses in my life that were quite traumatic and I know I will return to this book as a form of healing whenever the grief becomes too overwhelming to handle.

So thank you Mr. Holland for writing this beautiful, tragic, emotional, and victorious story. It was truly an honour to read. Also once again with the main character being named Tom and that Paddy Porter had four sons with his youngest being named Paddy, it is wonderful to see you bring your family into your stories and into you art. Thank you again for another wonderful story.

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Audrey L