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Review: Dangled Carat – Hilary GrossmanDangled Carat by Hilary Grossman
Published by Hilary Grossman on September 15, 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 281

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.

"Fans of Sex and the City - Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big - will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Dangled Carat sparkles with humor and shines with wisdom. It is a gem of a book." - Christina Baker Kline - New York Times Best Selling Author of Orphan Train.

I am so proud of Hilary for writing her story. (That sounds like I know her. I don’t other than through our e-mail chats now. Hopefully someday!!) Years ago, I thought about writing mine. Once. Then quickly decided I wasn’t brave enough. I didn’t want to try to remember everything whether it be bad or good. No one would want to read the mess that I went through. After reading Hilary’s story, there is no way I will write my own. She put such a great spin on hers that mine would just seem sad and pathetic. Which honestly, it was. Most of it would be venting and that’s not something I want anyone to read. This review is a bit tough to write as I’ll be sharing a bit of my relationship history with all 10 of you who visit us regularly. 😉

I can’t say that I (or anyone) ever gave the ultimatum to the guy I had been dating and living with for a few years. It was asked by friends and family but as far as I can remember, never pushed. The only real conversation I remember was about 3 and a half years in and was him saying the only way he would propose was if my credit cards were paid off. Only mine. His didn’t matter. It was rocky before but went down hill after that.

There have been other short relationships since then. Only one met the family and that ended in a text message breakup which, at the time, was devastating. I think back now and the worst part of that was not seeing his kids again. (Don’t worry, Mom, I’ve been over it for a long time now.) Like Hilary, I’ve been through the “why isn’t he talking to me?”, both with a relationship that continued for a bit and one that ended with them never talking to me again. I’ve been through the “wait, he made other plans?” and all the thoughts that accompany it. I think just about everyone experiences this at some point in one of their relationships, just always think it’s only you. Thank you Hilary for showing me that I wasn’t alone in my thoughts and feelings in my past relationships. 🙂

Yeah, I know. This seems to be more about me than the book. It’s not. Just comparing what Hilary wrote about to my life. I’m also avoiding major spoilers.

Hilary did an amazing job with her real-life-chick-lit memoir!! I feel so blessed that she asked me to read and review Dangled Carat and participate in her re-cover reveal last month. It’s simply gorgeous and definitely fits her story well. I mentioned e-mail conversations earlier and am so happy to have found a new friend to chat with! I’m hoping that our conversations continue for a long time to come. 🙂

Check back on Wednesday evening for a fun interview with Hilary to kick off our new author feature!

About Hilary Grossman

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.