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Previously Engaged

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Annabelle Pleasanton has just been given the chance of a lifetime: A $50,000 Dream Wedding. The only problem? She's not technically, 100 percent, all-the-way engaged. Her best friend has seen the ring, and her boyfriend has been dropping all kinds of hintsbut something seems to be keeping him from popping the question. With interference from all sides, including exciting n ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Cedar Fort
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Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I reread this book immediately after my reread of Icing on the Cake. Laughed out loud at the "Flesh Ripper" part again, even though I knew it was coming. This read is just plain fun!


I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this book ever since its predecessor, The Icing on the Cake, came out. I read Icing because I knew and loved the author (Elodia Strain was in my ward at BYU) — but Engaged I read because I knew and loved Annabelle.

Fictional Annabelle Pleasanton is candid with her audienc
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hmm, ditto.
292 pages; 2010 total: 15872

Oh, what a cute book! The sequel to Icing on the Cake, which I have to say I can't really remember too much about. I remember it was cute and I liked it, but as far as the rest goes... anyway. From what I do remember, I like this one better. There are some seriously funny things in here, and quite a few times I caught myself laughing out loud. Once Adalyn came up to me and looked at the page I was reading and said, "I don't see any funny words on there!" be
Kimberly VanderHorst
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The word that comes to mind after reading this book is "delight." I don't know when I was last so thoroughly entertained, though I'm sure my family would complain given the chance due to my many load bursts of laughter and/or cackling. Though light-hearted and humorous this book has some surprising elements of depth that I found thought-provoking. And while the main character seemed chronically prone to embarrassing situations, I found myself wanting to be like her in certain respects. Overall, ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a cute little book. Annabelle's the kind of character you can really relate with. Well, that I can relate with. Except for winning something. The only thing I ever got from a contest were tickets to a movie that a DJ gave me because he overheard me say I'd never won anything and felt sorry for me. But I digress.
Annabelle ended up with the right guy. My favorite line was at the end, "...kissed me like a man who had been away at war..."
Loved it!!!
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I think the author was trying to be funny too much of the time which ended up being a little annoying. That, plus the fact that the heroine kept getting into utterly ridiculous situations made me give this three stars instead of the four that I wished I could have given it. Still, it was a quick no-brainer read, and I liked it nonetheless.
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book and Icing on the Cake have been some of my favorites. I like the way she writes. It's like I'm talking only she's funnier.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Valerie Waters
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was pretty cute. I was happy with the way it ended!
May 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Previously Engaged is another Shopaholic wannabe, right down to the obsession with designer clothes and shoes. Or maybe it's Bridget Jones, with the job in publishing and the two guys-- one her boss and the other one a little less polished, but perfect for her. Whatever it is, it's not original.

Previously Engaged just has SO many little things that bugged me. Maybe it was Strain's mixing up of "your" and "you're" or her use of "I" when she should have said "me" (basic grammar here, folks!). Mayb
Marcia Mickelson
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've been so excited to read Previously Engaged by Elodia Strain. I read Strain's debut novel, The Icing on the Cake, and have been anticipating this sequel.

I love Annabelle Pleasanton, the hilarious, quirky, always-getting-out of scrapes main character. She is dating Isaac Matthews, and she gets the feeling that he's going to propose. He asks her ring size and hints that she should get a short lease on an apartment, but Annabelle keeps waiting for it to happen. In the meantime, she wins a $50,0
Rebecca Irvine
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to the release of Elodia Strain's new book Previously Engaged. I really enjoyed her first book The Icing on the Cake, to which Previously is a sequel. Strain's uncle's cousin's wife's (something or other relative) lives in my ward and chose Icing as a book for our RS book club. And when I heard from the self-same relative that a sequel was on the way I knew I would be buying it.

The story line of these two books follows character Annabelle Pleasanton, a magazine journa
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
When I reviewed Elodia Strain's breakout novel "The Icing on the Cake," I was highly entertained. But now, with the sequel "Previously Engaged," I'm absolutely delighted. Strain has taken her talent, which was considerable before, and honed it, creating a story that had me smiling all the way through.

Annabelle Pleasanton has been happily dating hunky Isaac since the end of the first book, and now it appears that he's getting ready to propose. He's been dropping hints like crazy and even asked he
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of LDS "Chick Lit" to which this novel is a definite example. This book has been on my "to read" list at my local library for about three years. Finally got my hands on it.

Annabelle Pleasanton is a twenty-five year old single, LDS gal who suffered a traumatic (for her) heart break at the hands of her then boyfriend and has not really gotten past that experience to move on in her life. That said, she does have a current boyfriend who has been hinting at proposing sometime soon but has
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I finished Icing on the Cake last week I jumped on the internet and ordered Previously Engaged. I was so excited when it arrived today and quickly curled up in my favorite reading spot eager to see what happens with Annabelle and Isaac in this installment. Annabelle is just the same: smart, caring, hardworking girl who tends to get in embarrassing situations. There were a few times I caught myself laughing and I admit I loved reading about Annabelle and her misadventures. I do really ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Cute, fluffy comedy of errors, quick read. Perfect for a long cross-country flight with three young could be read with very little mental exertion in small chunks without losing the thread of the storyline. Annabelle is fairly annoying sometimes, but mostly in a roll-your-eyes-and-move-on kind of way. Some of the situations she gets herself in to are just unbelievable - real people just don't act that way! - but I guess that's the "charm" the author was going for. None of the stock ...more
I laughed out loud at times. The main character, Annabelle sometimes reminded me of the main character from the book Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1) by Louise Rennison . Even though these books are vastly different genres the main characters are similar when they are trying so hard to be cool and confident for boys they make a total fool of themselves and disaster ensues.

I dislike the plot idea where a boy will not trust the love of his life when she tells him some other girl is sabotaging their relationship and because said home-wrecker is
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just loved The Icing on the Cake and new I needed the next story. Annabelle is a really fun and funky character and I just wanted to know what she'd get herself into next. She's my kind of girl.

Issac has been laying hints to asking Annabelle to marry him. But why hasn't it happened yet? He even told her best friend. Has he changed his mind? In the meantime Annabelle enters a contest for an all expenses paid dream wedding--and she wins! But, she's not engaged yet. I just knew this was going to
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
I LOVED Elodia Strain's first book, The Icing on the Cake and went so far as to be inspired to write my own pink notes in a journal I won when her book was released. When I saw this one sitting on the shelf at the local LDS bookstore, I had to have it!

I admit, it's an LDS novel, but it's not quite the same old character. Annabelle is, dare I say, a complete dork, accident-prone but so much fun to read about, like an LDS version of Stephanie Plum. A lot of the things she says or does I've done, t
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fiction
I was disappointed with this one. It started of really good and then I don't know what happened. I got really annoyed with the main character because she kept doing things that people just don't do! The story started off funny and shocking and then part way through the book I began to feel like the author was just creating awkward situations in the story to cause more drama and make it seem funnier. The only problem was, instead of making me laugh it made me roll my eyes because again, people ju ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
(Genre: LDS romance) I probably shouldn't write a review since I had to speed read (i.e. cheating by skim reading) the last half of this book in order to return it on time to the library. I have been really busy and just couldn't get through it fast enough. :) I really enjoyed Strain's first book, "The Icing on the Cake" and this is a sequel to that story. Annabelle is back and "almost" engaged when things start to get crazy in her life with the return of her former boyfriend, a new opportunity ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't decided if I like the sequel better than the first "Icing on the Cake." I think I laughed out loud on this one more if that is even possible. The story of Isaac and Annabelle continues as her best friend Carrie gets married and who should Annabelle run into at the wedding? Her first true love Alex. Yes the one that she had nightmare flashbacks about in the first book, the one that left her standing on Prom night, alone playing crochet with her parents. You get the full story of that fate ...more
Katie Browning
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I gave this five stars--no it is not on the same caliber or universe as some of my other five star ratings: Les Mis, The Book Thief, and all the others. But this was a five star for me in the light hearted category. I was skeptical of its tone through the first 50 pages until I put myself into the brain of a former best friend who seriously talks exactly like this main character. Once I realized this book is supposed to be plain funny and not to take it to seriously, I was laughing out loud ...more
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Elodia has done it again! I loved this book! It made me laugh! I was sad to see Annabelle and Issac's story end, because I loved these characters! I loved how Issac fought for his woman! Annabelle is one of the funniest characters I have read about! I'm so glad I splurged and bought this rather than waiting at the library for it! It makes me want to go out and by a pink notebook and start my pink notes! I was lucky to be able to meet this author, she was so nice! I can't wait to read more of her ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, lds-fiction
Sequel to Icing on the Cake , Previously Engaged picks up Annabelle's story a few months later, expecting a proposal. She wins a "dream wedding" before she has a chance to say yes, but many things and people get in the way.
As with many sequels this book doesn't quite compare to the first, it is a little cheesy (even more than the first book) and slow in a few parts, but it holds your attention and has a good message. I couldn't put it down or stop cringing at the crazy situations Annabelle se
Margo Kelly
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a cute and funny book! The author's style of writing was VERY different than what I am used to - but it was a great book.

It was about a girl who desperately wanted to be engaged and then she "accidentally" won a $50,000 wedding. YAY - but she didn't have a fiance. Oops. Then, as fate would have it, she had TWO guys who wanted to marry her. Who does she choose? Who is the right one? And will she have the perfect wedding?

Totally fun read. My daughter read it after me, and she loved it so much
Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is the second book in a row from my favorite genre that I haven't liked. Maybe I just need to give the genre a break? Or maybe not have better books begging to be read instead (the book after this in my to-read pile was "Count of Monte Cristo". There really isn't competition with which one is better!)? Regardless, I found the characters in this book irritating and detached from what real life is like. I found the author's writing style irritating. Don't be wordy for wordy's sake! I just cou ...more
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Funny & a bit "quippy," I really enjoyed Previously Engaged. I liked both the hero & heroine, as well as the path the story took. I put the book down when I had to but couldn't wait to pick it back up again. My only gripe was that, while mostly entertaining, after a while the "I did this... well, actually this.... ok, really this" honesty became a bit repetitive, but I got past it and it wasn't enough to greatly affect how much I enjoyed the book. I definitely recommend Previously Engaged. ...more
Katie W
Annabelle (the main character) reminds me a lot of myself--always saying the wrong thing, doing the wrong thing, thinking the wrong thing, and a bit of a klutz. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much--seeing someone else do/say all the stupid things. This was another laugh-out-loud book and very entertaining. I didn't like this book (the sequel) quite as much as I liked the first one, but it was still very enjoyable.
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