Book review: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman + INT giveaway


*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I haven’t read many memoirs in my life, but I was pretty much looking forward to reading this one. I find the cover very eye catchy and totally appropriate for the content and must say Hilary is a hilarious, fun, kind lady (had the opportunity to meet her on twitter). So, when I was asked to review her book I was thrilled.

I really have no idea why I’m usually so hesitant about reading memoirs. It’s maybe because they are real life stories and pretty much raw, sometimes with no HEAs. But I always find it very brave from the authors’ side to share intimate moments from their lives, I really admire that.

On that note, I must admit Hilary Grossman is one brave woman for sharing her history and attempts to marry someone she loved very much. The title says pretty much about her journey and her numerous attempts to turn Marc into a loving husband unafraid to commit for a life time.

BUT this is not just Hilary and Marc’s story, though pretty much of it is, but it’s also a warm story about a girl, a very scared and insecure girl. Hilary won me over from the first page, and when I was reading about all the things that were happening in her life, the loss of her father, the hell she went through in school, I had teary eyes. There was one moment, so powerful and so emotional when she is talking about her dad, sharing a memory of him, that I literally couldn’t restrain myself any longer. I burst into tears, thinking of my own father whom I almost lost 2 years ago. I empathized with her so much, my heart was literally breaking each time I’d read about the sad events in her life.

So, as you see, most of the book is the romance between Hilary and Marc, but the author also goes back and forth in time sharing some memories of her childhood too. I found these parts simply beautiful, well written and exceptionally emotional.

I admit, there were few times I wanted to give Hilary a good shake, because she was trying damn hard. But as much as I didn’t go through what she was going in her love life, I could understand her. The romance part did remind me a bit of Carrie and Mr Big’s story from Sex and The City, and there’s even a reference to it. But the fact I love Sex and The City has nothing to do with me loving this book. It’s just…you know, REAL! And it’s brilliantly written, fun, funny yet tender and emotional.

Would I be reading more from Hilary Grossman? Oh yes, you bet! I do wonder what the next book would be about. Would it be another memoir, or a fiction? I’d sure love to see what kind of fictional worlds she would create. But I’m sure of one thing though, no matter what the next book is about, I know Hilary will put all her heart into it and deliver once again. ‘Dangled Carat’ is a fab chick lit memoir you’d want to check, no matter if you already got your Mr Right. Hope you enjoy!

My rating: 4/5


GIVEAWAY! Lovely Hilary Grossman is giving you, our lovely blog readers, a chance to win an e-copy of her fantastic memoir. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (YAY) and closes on 2nd of March. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Unfortunately, if we don’t her from them we’ll have to pick another winner.

Now, enter the rafflecopter bellow and best of luck my lovelies!

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Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She is currently the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and lives on Long Island.
Twitter = @feelingbeachie

Posted on February 23, 2014, in giveaway, review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. Great review. Have entered the giveaway as would love to read this memoir, sounds like a different approach to chick lit 🙂

  2. thank you so much Maria!
    And Ananda thank you again so much for helping share my story as well as your fab review! XOXO

  3. Great review! I’m now looking forward to DANGLED CARAT because of the raw emotion with which the author has infused her memoir. Would love to give this book a read!

  4. Christine – thanks so much! I hope you do give DANGLED CARAT a read…. “raw emotion” basically sums up what I felt as I wrote it. There were many times I couldn’t see the keyboard through my tears – but many times also that my fingers were twitching because I was laughing as I typed!

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