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Dangled Carat

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  158 reviews
How many faux engagements can one girl have?

Hilary learns the hard way more than you can imagine. She has no idea what to do. She's been dating perfect on paper, Marc, for years. He's everything she wants in a man except for one thing. He's beyond afraid of commitment! Tired of waiting for Marc to come to his senses, the couple's friends decide to take matters into their
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Hilary Grossman (first published August 30th 2013)
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Bethany Clark
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to begin! I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I couldn't put it down!

So many questions that I have had in the past came up in this book! Is this relationship really going somewhere? My friends are telling me to run, what am I not seeing? The list could go on and on...

Hilary has been dating Marc, a man that is 13 years older than her and has been a anti-commitment from the beginning. He was always putting the breaks on. This took place for 4 years, and eventually
Caren Gittleman
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I married a commitment-phobic man, so when I heard the premise of Author Hilary Grossman's book, Dangled Carat, I knew that this was a book that I HAD to read.

Many of you know Hilary as the author of the popular blog Feeling Beachie, where her keen sense of observation, as it relates to people and their idiosyncrasies, is conveyed (often with sarcasm and humor), on a daily basis. For the cat lovers that read both of our blogs, you probably came to know Hilary when she would write about her belov
Lindsey Riley
May 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by May being Chick Lit Month, and all the sweet $.99 Kindle deals in honnor of the occassion, I purchased this little number. Cute cover, cute description, not so cute story. BORING! Even the *BIG THING* in the very beginning that was supposed to launch the whole rest of the story was lackluster. The main dame was dumb. The hunky guy seemed like a jerkface. I was not a fan.

*le sigh*

Life is too short to waste on bad books. Keep your $.99, and skip this one.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The title speaks for itself: Dangled Carat: One girl's attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a doting husband with a lot of help from his family and friends, so I was expecting a straightforward account. Instead, I got a funny, honest, romantic journey. Glad I read this book and experienced Marc's and Hilary's growth both separately and together.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that "Dangled Carat" is a reality!. I have been a blogger friend with Hilary Grossman for several years and have been cheering her on from afar as she as entered into the world of publishing her memoir. I had the great privilege of reading her book before it hit the shelves and am happy that is finally available to everyone.

A memoir can be a tricky thing to write but in this case it has been done with skill and style. The dialogue flows and the reader feels a part of each and every
McGuffy Morris
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hilary Grossman is the author of the popular blog Feeling Beachie. She is also the CFO of a beverage company in New York. Now she has achieved another success, in writing her memoir, Dangled Carat.

In her heartfelt book, we see the young Hilary going through family situations and teenaged insecurities. We then see her grow into herself as a strong and successful woman. This brings us to the main story of Hilary's relationship with Marc, her husband.

Dangled Carat is a contemporary love story of an
T.B. Markinson
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this memoir. Writing isn't easy. And penning a memoir is much more difficult since the author has to relive memories from their past, especially painful ones. There's a fine balance between providing too much detail or too little. Grossman handles her story with skill and professionalism.

I found myself laughing a lot, getting emotional, and occasionally angry. Marc, the commitment-phobic man is just that. I can't say he refused to see what was rig

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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 bec
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
sitename] My Review

I received a copy of Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this book was awesome!  I thoroughly enjoyed the love story of Hilary and Marc.  He was so frustrating sometimes, but could be forgiven for this because he was also so sweet.  Hilary's insecurities would be relatable to many - which one of us is afraid of nothing?  They had a great relationship except for
Emily Harper
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
Let me first begin by saying how much I admire the author for writing this story. As I read more and more, she said so many things that as a woman I have done myself (justified behaviour, talked myself out of or into things, etc.) that most of us wouldn't be willing to admit we do. We would like to say "No, I'm not putting up with that." but the truth is we all do at some point.
Throughout the book I could see that Mark
Susi Kleiman
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This heartfelt and at times funny, at times maddening memoir shows that there is hope at the end of the tunnel that can be a relationship with a commitment-phobe and that it doesn’t have to end in disaster. Sometimes, with an extra dose of patience and well-meaning friends, even the most commitment-phobic man can be turned into a toting husband. Hilary skillfully weaves the story of her relationship with Marc around events in her childhood, having to wear a back brace for three long years becaus ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of how one woman turned a commitment-phobic man into a loving husband (with a little help from friends and family). This is the story of Hilary and Marc.

I have to commend fellow blogger, Hilary Grossman, for her courageousness in writing this book. She opened her heart and let it flow into the pages of her story. Not many people would leave their emotions open to the world, but she did and she did it beautifully. You can feel the pain, joy, happiness, love and fear all rol
Meredith Schorr
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I didn't know this was a memoir as a opposed to a fictional account, I would have been on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering whether Hilary and Mark would ever get married. Mark, although clearly in love with Hilary, was the ultimate commitment phobe and Hilary...well Hilary had the patience of a nun and there were so many times I wanted to tell her to pack up her shit and move on because she deserved better. I guess this is because I've seen her story play out with much different ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Note: This book was won on a giveaway featured on goodreads. All thoughts on the book are my own.

Rating: 4 stars

To be honest, before reading I was skeptical about this book. Thinking it would be another "WHY won't he PROPOSE?" sob story, I went into this book with some prejudice. But, the author was so charming and honest that the story did not come across as whiny at all.

Hilary Grossman's book was honest, funny, and at some points frustrating because you want to hit Marc (the significant other)
Storm Chase
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a true story with the author discussing the development of her relationship with her friend/lover/husband Marc in a very open manner. I found it an enlightening look into contemporary American relationships. Also, the book moves along quickly, and the writing is excellent.

*spoiler alert*
Frankly, I was totally fascinated by this story. I don’t understand why anyone would want to pursue a relationship with someone who appears to be unavailable. I would have smiled at Marc after that first
Emily Eck
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dangling Carat is a true story based on Hilary's "grand adventure" getting Marc to marry her. First of all, I have to say, the writing was superb. It was like each line flowed perfectly into the next. Same with the paragraphs. One transitioned seamlessly into another. I felt on pins and needles most of the book waiting for Marc to freaking propose. And the ending was quite the surprise :)

Jaye was such a great supporting character. She really wanted the best for Hilary, even if it meant a life wi
Maryline M's Bookshelf
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

I really enjoyed reading Hilary's story. The flashbacks give you a very clear idea of who Hilary was and has become, and how her relationship with Marc has evolved. All these anecdotes are so easy to relate to and you can't keep from respecting Hilary for her endless patience and trust. At times I got really upset with Marc and I almost felt like screaming at him for being so inconsiderate and stupid. But the beaut
My Pink Fairytales
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to My Pink Fairytales by: bethany clark
WOW! Thank you Hilary! Thank you Marc!
I'm saying that because i was in a foreign country, alone for a day in a hotel room with nothing to do. Then i start reading your book and i couldn't put it down. i laughed, i cried and it felt as real as my best friend talking to me.
that's what i loved most about this book. the way it was written. jumping from subject to subject, remembering things and just telling them right then, just as in real life. as i said, just like you talk to your bff after not s
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a review.

Hilary is dating the ultimate commitment-phobe, Marc. The story opens with a forced engagement by good friends of theirs that doesn't end well, and continues to tell their story as a couple through flashbacks. Every woman that has ever dated could easily relate to this book. All of the people mentioned in the story are incredibly likable, even when Marc is at his most standoffish regarding relationships it is easy to unders
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hilary approached me to review her book "Dangled Carat" and I am very thankful that she did! This book is a breath of fresh air. The book is extremely well written and there are plenty of times when you want to both laugh and cry with Hilary! I wouldn't normally read memoirs/biographies/autobiographies but the fact that the book is a memoir, really adds that extra spark.

I think it's very difficult to write non-fiction the same way you would a chick lit / romance story. Hilary does this wonderful
Rachel Smith
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I was captivated from the very beginning, which says a lot for me. I am a lover of Romance Novels, and occasionally will be able to get into a paranormal type book, but rarely. Beginning this book, I did not know what to expect.

I was so pleasantly surprised when I looked down and realized I was already halfway through the book. It had my full attention from the very beginning, and I found myself rooting for Hilary to get her happily ever after!!!

I would very highly recommend
Lisa Arrington
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was one of the lucky few to receive an advance ARC of this book and I couldn't put it down. Hilary's writing and descriptions where able to take me on her wild run through meeting and marrying a commitment phobic man. She showed that through love and patience and acceptance (to a point) is what Marc truly needed from her and to ensure both their happiness. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed.
Kathryn Biel
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I jumped into reading this book without realizing that it was a memoir. I was several chapters in before I realized the main character's name was Hilary and said, "Hey--wait a minute!" This book is well written and draws you right in. Your heart breaks along with Hilary's and you (well, at least I did) will want to slap some sense into this commitment-phobic man who can't see the gem he has in front of him. And because it is real-life, it is not predictable. A pleasant read that I recommend!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be a light and funny Chick-lit when I picked it up as I didn't realise that it was a memoir. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it, as it is a very different story to my own. I was married 6 months after meaning my husband over 20 years ago!
Emma Star Crossed Reviews

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.... 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
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After I featured an excerpt of “Dangled Carat” as part of a Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour, I received an email from the author asking if I’d like to read and review this book. With my review schedule, I didn’t think I would be able to get a review out until May. However, it was a lazy weekend, so I decided to start “Dangled Carat”, even though I was reading two other books. Once I did, I literally could not put this book down, and was sad when I had to stop to go to dinner with friends that night. Al ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
4.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy Ms. Grossman’s memoir, Dangled Carat. It was a wonderful read that I think many women will relate to.

It’s an easy read that will hook you from the beginning. Although it is a memoir, it reads like chick lit. You will want to see if she can get Marc, the commitment-phobe, to marry her. As I was reading Dangled Carat, I felt as if I was sitting with Ms. Grossman, having a glass of wine, and gabbing with my friend, hearing her story.

There were a fe
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

It’s been a while since I read a memior, but I was so happy and excited when Hilary asked me to review her book, her personal story.

It takes a lot of courage to share your own story and big parts of your life with the whole world. I admire Hilary so much for sharing her story and writing a book about it.

This is such a lovely and wonderful story. I loved getting to know Hilary and her whole personality. I thought that she found a great way
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hilary wants to be engaged with her boyfriend, Marc on New Year’s Eve, but he is commitment-phobic and he wants things to go slowly, a very slowly. Hilary and Marc are in relationship about four years. Hilary doesn't know what to do, to stay with him and waits him to be prepared for commitment or to goes with her life without him. Marc loves her, but he is afraid and even if he was forty, he doesn't rush, he thinks that everything have a time to be done.
The book begins with that New Year’s Eve a
Jo Hughes
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank author Hilary Grossman for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I've not mentioned a cover in a while, but this is gorgeous, I love the ring. This book nearly became one of my slipped through the cracks books. I've had it in my TBR pile for a while and just never seemed to get time to read it. Still the ring kept glinting at me saying read me and I’m so glad that I did.

I was expecting a classic on/off relationship in this book, but it is f
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Hilary Grossman is a recovering corporate executive. She spends her mornings and weekends hanging out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to ...more

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