REVIEW: Dangled Carat – Hilary Grossman

Dangled Carat Book Cover Dangled Carat
Hilary Grossman
Memoir, Chick Lit

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 realise 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.

I received a copy of Dangled Carat from Hilary Grossman in exchange for my honest opinion.

I loved this book, and so will any woman who’s waited years for her significant other to whip out a diamond ring. Dangled Carat is immediately more riveting than your usual chick lit book, as it’s all true!

This book could have been a little depressing – a story about how a woman is desperate to marry her partner but can’t get him to commit. However, Grossman’s tongue-in-cheek retelling of how she waited (somewhat) patiently for her man to be ready for marriage – while all of his family and friends not so subtly tried to convince him to pop the question – was witty and emotive.

Grossman moves fluidly between past and present as she remembers her long path to marriage. She also manages to write about a partner who refuses to marry her without painting a picture of a man that women would immediately hate. In fact, the reader grows to like Marc – and, although his commitment issues aren’t explained n depth, understand his reasons for moving through relationship markers at a glacial pace.

Personally, this book struck a cord with me; my boyfriend and I have been dating five years, but due to money, medical issues and studies, marriage isn’t on the horizon for years to come. Funnily enough, I’m probably the more commitment phobic of the two of us, but I still recognise much of what Hilary felt (ok, having read her memoir, I feel that we’re buddies now and I can use her first name!). For some reason, a ring seems to offer some reassurance that a partner won’t suddenly up and leave us… In reality, a ring make little difference these days, but the symbolism still means a great deal to many women.

Well-written, funny and with a cast of excellent supporting characters – who the author is lucky enough to know and love in real life – I would recommend this book to any chick lit or memoir lover. A little more truthful and different than a typical summer beach read, this is one for the women out there who get a little tired of reading the same story over and over again. Get a copy of Dangled Carat here or here! I’d love to know what you think of it.

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  • hilary

    Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour and reviewing Dangled Carat! I am so glad you enjoyed it… You completely made my day. I often read books and I feel like the author is my new best buddy. I never imagined anyone would read my book and feel that way…. I hope that all works out well with you and the BF. I think you are off to a great start since you both seem to be on the same page. Isn’t it weird that despite how far we come, the symbolism of a ring still means so much?

    • Annabel Krantz

      The ring still meaning so much is a little odd – but I hear that more women are splitting the cost with their partners now, so maybe that’s a little progress? Maybe that makes it a little less a symbol of ‘ownership’ and more an outward symbol of the relationship…

      Thanks again for sending me the book to review! I really did love it, and I’m glad the tour has been such a positive experience for you!!

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