Thursday, July 18, 2013

This Book Room

Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years—forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love—the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding—beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings—and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.

As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And that line changes everything.

A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

My thoughts: This book sounded fascinating to me because I'm totally not a diamond girl. When Chef Jason and I began to discuss marriage, I insisted on an nontraditional ring - partly because I couldn't stomach the idea of someone spending so much on a piece of jewelry and also because why have something exactly like everyone else has it? He bought an aquamarine ring, and I loved it (I say loved because I also happened to lose it - one more reason why no one should ever buy me an expensive piece of jewelry!!!!). Anyway, this book was really fascinating to read, but the characters were... annoying at best. I would read this if you need a book to read, but if your pile of books is a mile high, skip this one.

After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a

Ryan is Emily’s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn’t ensure a happily ever after. But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind. He’s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.

As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of both her ex and her fiancé. She thought she had life and love all figured out, but the next seven days might change her mind—and her heart.
white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.

My thoughts: I really liked the book at first. But I really can't stomach the idea of anyone doing what Emily does. It just really bothers me when people don't stand by their word. And if your word wasn't true, you shouldn't have given your word. Maybe I'm just cranky today. But this book and its characters really bothered me.

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