I received this book for free For A Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman
Published by Booktrope Editions on 23rd July 2014
Genres: Chicklit, Love & Romance, Memoir, Non-fiction
Source: For A Blog Tour
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For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him…..
For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice….
For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy….
She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.
Thank you to Samantha at CLP blog tours for letting me take part in this tour.
This book didn’t exactly go the way I was expecting. From the first few lines of the Blurb I thought this might be an explosive on-off relationship where you weren’t really sure why they were together. Did they even care about each other or were they just together because that’s what was normal for them.
But that’s not what happened here. Hilary and Mark really do care about each other. They have a really great relationship. They aren’t always on and off. They have wonderful romantic nights together for no reason other than, just because.
OK yes he is a commitment-phobe but it was obvious from the beginning that they were meant to be. Now I don’t know if it’s my age or my circumstances but I don’t see why everyone was pressuring him to marry her. They had been together 4 years. I know people that have been together a lot longer than that and they aren’t married. Yes they love each other and they care about each other and one day I’m sure they will get married but for now the time is not right. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 5 years and our friends have started to do the same. Now I’m not saying I don’t want to get married to him, because I do and if he asked me tomorrow I would say yes but we’re happy as we are. When the time is right he will propose.
The characters are easy to relate to and easy to care about. Sometimes I did just want to knock Hilary and Marks heads together and tell them to ignore everyone else and just focus on their relationship. I’m glad she stuck with him and didn’t just abandon a really good relationship over marriage.
I really liked Hilary’s mum. She made me laugh a lot. Especially at the dinner she has with Hilary and Mark near the end of the book.
I have to say that I didn’t realise until near the end that this book was a memoir. It is very well written and must have been difficult for Hilary to actually write. I’m not sure that I could do the same.
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I couldn’t put it down. I raced through and read it rather quickly. I would definitely recommend it to any romance lovers out there.
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