Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman with Excerpt and Giveaway

Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Dangled Carat a memoir from Hilary Grossman. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read the exclusive excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where one US winner will get a Set of Five Name Brand Perfumes


Book Review:

A bold and daring move, Hilary Grossman brings her memoir to life in a read that feels like fiction: you alternate between completely understanding Hilary’s issues with her long-term love Marc and then waning to get her to stop working SO hard just to get him to change. Because, changing someone else’s behavior is difficult, if not impossible, and often a futile act.

With her keen observation, wit and a healthy dose of sarcasm, never quite taking her ridiculous moments seriously, but always presenting them with the feeling of camaraderie with her readers, we know, or have been this person at some point in our lives.

I loved her completely open and honest depiction of the waiting: that infuriating, frustrating and often heartbreaking moments of stagnation followed by a flash of insight or a brilliant tactic brought to use that was just enough to move forward that next step. While in the broadest sense this is the “how to” for getting a commitment from the phobic, it is so much more. This is a translation of the necessities of a relationship: friendship, trust, patience, humor and acceptance and showing you how to recognize and appreciate those elements, and what a difference that can make to your relationship and its progression forward.

Laugh some, cheer some, blush and be frustrated as you recognize, realize and discover the behaviors, fears, desires and secrets that are common to us all, even those of us not clever enough to document and dissect them so well.  This book reads like a love story from the contemporary romance section: there is everything you need; humor, compelling characters, a deeply and well-defined emotional connection, conflict, frustration, tears and ultimately a happy ending, all put together with nary a dull moment.

Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Dangled Carat
Author: Hilary Grossman
Genre: Biography / Memoir, Literary Fiction
Published by: BookTrope
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 207
Rated: four-stars
Get Your Copy: Amazon
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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.


A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

For whatever reason, this restaurant attracted an elderly crowd. Our two tables were pretty much the only ones in the entire place that weren’t occupied by people north of their seventy-fifth birthdays. As soon as the waiter cleared off our dinner plates, my mom headed to the bathroom and Marc sat down in her seat. “I just want to see what it feels like to sit next to you,” he said as he smiled at me.As I arched my eyebrows at him, I asked, “Well, how does it feel?” He pondered for a second, and I noticed the table of two elderly couples sitting to the other side of us. They were watching Marc and me interact as if they were watching a movie. We were clearly their entertainment for the evening.“I think I can get used to it,” Marc replied solemnly.All too quickly, my mom returned from the bathroom and Marc had to go back to his seat. We continued to chat for a little while as Marc’s brother squared away their bill, and the waiter brought over coffee and cappuccino for my mom and me.As Marc and his family got up to leave, he said, “This was fun. Can we do it again?”

“Sure,” I said. “Call me.”

“Are you going to give me your number?”

“My number?” I asked, playing coy. “Oh, you want my number, do you?”

“Well, it usually does help,” he retorted, “if I am to call you.”

“Okay.” I rattled off, “766-722” with a twinkle in my eye.

Marc wrote down the digits and stared at the paper. A confused look appeared on his face. “Huh? You only gave me six numbers.”

Flippantly, as if I didn’t care whether he called — though I desperately wanted him to—I answered, “I know… you need to guess the missing number.”

Why I did this, I don’t know. It wasn’t a plan. It wasn’t my signature move (not that I actually had a signature move, mind you)— it just happened.




About Hilary Grossman

Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes. She loves to find humor in everyday life. And she likens life to a game of dodgeball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on Long Island.

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