Title: Dangled Carat
Author: Hilary Grossman
Published Date: August 30th 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
From the author’s description of the book, I had no idea that this was a memoir. It wasn’t until I read Ms. Grossman’s acknowledgements at the end of the book that I picked up on that tidbit. My opinion of the book changed quite a bit and I had to toss my review notes after learning it was a memoir.
In this day and age, it is remarkable that Hilary stuck it out with Marc for five years waiting for that marriage proposal. Even more amazing is that she did so despite the repeated warnings of Marc’s family and friends. Another eye-opener was that Hilary, as well as both her and Marc’s friends, seemed to think that getting married was THE necessary culmination of a long-term relationship. Although it might not have been true in real life, it felt that Hilary put her life on hold while wishing and waiting for that marriage proposal. Hilary’s patience can either been seen as virtuous in that she gave Marc the time and space needed to commit or it can be viewed as desperate and insecure.
There are some humorous anecdotes of their relationship and some irritating head-scratchers as well. For all the claims that Hilary felt she and Marc were partners, she certainly jumped on the ridicule-Marc-for-not-having-
Giving the reader more insight into Marc as a person or somehow sharing his point of view would have enhanced the tale greatly. Ms. Grossman’s teaser ending was well played.
Overall an interesting and enjoyable read that ultimately ends in a HEA and will probably give hope to many young women who are searching for Mr. Right.
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