Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman
Released: July 23, 2014 (second edition)
Genre: Romantic memoir
Reviewed by Sarah
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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.
Dangled Carat is a memoir based on Hilary Grossman’s long journey to matrimony. She becomes involved with Marc after a chance meeting in a restaurant. It quickly becomes clear their relationship will not be of the traditional sense. He asserts his desire to not be serious and keep things loose; essentially keeping a loophole to the bond. A couple of items of particular interest are he never wanted to date others and how involved his friends and family were in this trek to marriage.
From a writing standpoint, Dangled Carat is a laidback, quick read. It feels like reading an email from an old friend who you have not spoken to in a while and just catching up on life. It is conversational and draws you into the people and the situations.
Although I quite enjoyed the manuscript, there are a few fractious areas. Some places felt a bit rough and without transitions. Regardless, it is the first book in a while that I have flown through. While I knew there would be a happy ending, it is interesting to read about how they get to it. Much of the story is relatable, even if we may not have had a commitment-phobic to this degree. At times I found myself frustrated with Hilary for staying and for what felt like Marc stringing her along, and then thought would I handle it any differently? I would dare to say that sadly this story is not that uncommon or out of the norm, but it is interesting to see how another person handles this set of circumstances. At the heart of this account is a sweet and earnest tale of love and a side of patience.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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