Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review& Giveaway: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620154641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620154649

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.... meet Hilary.... 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. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home.

Meet the Author:  Hilary Grossman
Hi! I am Hilary!
I dated a guy so commitment-phobic that I was able to write a book about our relationship! I am also the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and live on Long Island.
here are some random facts about me....
* I am a klutz... I walk into walls and fall off my shoes (flats too - not only the skyscraper heels)
* I have an unhealthy addiction to denim... Oh, and add shoes to my addiction list while you are at it please...
* I am the worst singer imaginable. When I was a waitress, I would get tipped extra not to sing happy birthday!
* I am a righty, but I can also write with my left hand. When I was little, I also taught myself how to write with my foot.
* I used to be a very shy and quiet girl....But, wow, did that ever change
* I love to laugh, and find humor in the every day
* My life long dream was to write a book. Now my dream is         a reality. I hope you like it!                                  XOXO,   Hilary

My Review:   I am one of the very very fortunate few people who met my soul mate at 20 and was married young enjoying our lives happily ever after.  That clarification being said I can still completely relate with many portions of this book.  Insecurities NEVER go away...they just adapt and while this doesn't mean you don't love or trust someone it really means you simply need reassurances sometimes.  I have my perfect match who knows my cycles of madness and is able to tame the wildness in me if my mind begins to wander just like the characters in Dangled Carat.  I found this book to be written extremely well and detailed above my normal reading materials.  I only got lost one time when switching between the current and a "flashback" memory but was able to reread the last paragraph and figure it out with ease.  I began this book 11 hours ago and while constantly interrupted was still able to finish it tonight.  I was enthralled and wanted to know if their relationship would make it with all the meddling friends and family.  I was also able to relate to the situation of the character Marc and see a perspective I hadn't before.  My husband has a friend EXACTLY like this and it was years before we met his girlfriend who is now luckily his wife.  At times we still continue to struggle to understand his reluctance to talk about anything in depth, but I am understanding through this book it isn't likely done to keep us at a distance, but is something he is just habit after so many years and they are hard to break.  

To be honest, I received this book for review and simply by the cover and overview wasn't overly excited to begin.  However, after reading it I am thankful I did.  Dangled Carat was a great read and kept me interested from start to finish.  Without a doubt I would read this book again.  

I give it a 5 out of 5 as it was such a vivid world and I felt a part of it.  well done!

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Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post. 


Unknown said...

Great review!

Hilary said...

thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I am glad you enjoyed!