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The Betrothal: Or How I Saved Alan Edwards From 40 Years of Hell

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Phineas Farraday is a college drop-out turned struggling genre writer. One night, he’s huddled over his keyboard when he receives a phone call from his best friend Alan Edwards. Alan has spent the last two years doing missionary work in Chile and only just got back to the States. He’s got some great news for Phin. Alan’s getting married…in a week…to a girl he’s never met. ...more
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published (first published April 23rd 2011)
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Melissa
Nov 03, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing



This has to be the "bleeping" funniest book I've ever read! (Note: in order to get the "bleeping" part you have to read the book) The author, Richard Raley, should he ever decide to stop writing, which I don't recommend, could be a comedian. Honestly the book was that snarky (another book reference).

This is the week long story of Phin and his adventures to save Alan, a life long friend who has just returned from a two year Mormon mission in Chile, from a fate worse than death....marriage! No r
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L.E.Olteano
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Nov 4 2011:

Oh my God, I laughed so much while reading this book I almost got the cramps.

The main lines of the plot are not necessarily new ideas, I mean we’ve all seen movies about this, read books even, the friend that is going to marry the wrong person and the ones that want to save them from it. Of course, not all of them are Mormon, or act under the evil Point System method of inheritance; these things are all new. And don’t get me started on
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Jackie
Book Synopsis


Phineas Farraday is a college drop-out turned struggling genre writer. One night, he’s huddled over his keyboard when he receives a phone call from his best friend Alan Edwards. Alan has spent the last two years doing missionary work in Chile and only just got back to the States. He’s got some great news for Phin. Alan’s getting married…in a week…to a girl he’s never met. You’ll be the Best Man, won’t you, buddy?

Phin agrees, but is unsure how this whole betrothal happened. Somethi
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TC
Sep 01, 2011 TC rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, lad-lit
I've enjoyed other forays into lad lit and I love a bit of humour so this appealed.

Narrator Phin, an impoverished writer, is already suspicious of the accelerated wedding plans, but becomes even more so when he arrives at the home of his best buddy's fiancee. She's stunning and her family is loaded, so he figures there has to be something going on. Friend, and lady-killer, Tad is there to help Phin get to the bottom of things and prevent Alan making a nasty mistake. The week up until the wedding
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Janet
May 10, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. Many times I caught myself laughing out loud. At first the footnotes was annoying, but soon I was looking forward to them! The thoughts of the main character, Phin, really brought the book together. Yes, it probably could have been a fine book without those thoughts and comments (the footnotes - all 281 of them!), but it made me feel like Phin could be someone I know. The story was a fun journey as these friends did what they could to keep their buddy from marrying for the ...more
David Harriss
Sep 18, 2015 David Harriss rated it really liked it
Snarky romantic comedy

Lots of popular culture references, puns, one liners, and witty insults. With the conspiracy and secrets to unravel, it stays fairly engaging. Add in the relationships, mishaps, and oddly deep characters, and the result is pretty entertaining.
Curtis
Apr 16, 2016 Curtis rated it it was amazing
Awesome

Once again Richard Raley shows us how well he can tell a story, how easily he can make you laugh, and why he's easily one of the best authors you'll come across. Buy everything he writes because yeah, he's *that* guy.
Bev Clark
Jul 27, 2013 Bev Clark rated it really liked it
Very good story. Very very clever use of footnotes! Unfortunately, the e-version I read was sloppily edited -- most paragraphs needed to be read twice, mentally inserting punctuation.
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very, very funny book!!!
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Richard Raley was born and raised in Fresno, California and even still lives there on account of the city being an evil vortex you can't escape. He grew up on Star Wars, Transformers, Legos, and Everquest--he never escaped them either. His rise to fame/infamy began with "The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady", the first book of THE KING HENRY TAPES, an Urban Fantasy Series that has been described as ...more
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