Today, I'm plugging a book--no, not one of my own, but a new memoir by my blogger friend Hilary Grossman. Hilary's book has been published in spite of some major setbacks she's had to face--the death of her beloved cat, and the wrath of Hurricane Sandy...which makes me feel like a real wuss when I think about the excuses I've made for not finishing anything in the past nine years!
Hilary 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.
In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc--from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date--even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time--and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year's Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc's inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn't know she possessed.
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.
"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.
"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