Dangled Carat {A Review}

September 16, 2013

Ever since I started blogging I’ve been amazed by the number of bloggers who are writers. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned that many writers blog to hone and fine-tune their skills and also use their blogs to connect with fans.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading many truly amazing books by fellow bloggers in the past few years, some fiction, most non-fiction, and I love how in some cases the story continues by following their blogs and connecting with them on social media. I love that sense of closeness the blog and social media channels create.

An author or writer is not just that enigma anymore, but a real person, with real feelings and a life. A life that sometimes is quite different than the one in the stories they weave.

But what if you know and love the person who wrote so openly about their life? What if you can talk to that person for hours and hours without catching a breath (just ask our husbands)? What if you actually know a great number of the “characters” appearing in said book? It certainly adds a whole new perspective to reading a blogger’s book.

I can still remember Hilary talking about writing her book and how excited she was just to be working on it and now, here she is, a published author. I can hardly believe it and I’m just super thrilled and exited for her and even so I was one of the select few who received an advance copy of the book, I couldn’t help myself and bought a copy when it became available a few days ago.

Her book is called “Dangled Carat”, it’s the  story about her attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a husband with a lot of help from his family and friends, which can be found everywhere e-books are sold, as well as a print version available at Amazon!


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 because of scoliosis and losing her father at the age of 14 because of a stroke, and how those events shaped the woman she became and the way she viewed herself. But even though Marc seemingly dragged his feet about marrying her, through-out their relationship he also helped Hilary grow and become more confident. It took him a while, that’s for sure but in the end, all’s well that ends well.

My belief has always been that when two people are in a committed, loving relationship you don’t try to change each other but instead, grow together and make compromises. After reading Hilary’s book, I know that she feels the same way. Well, I kinda knew before, having talked to her about it but her and Marc’s story confirmed it.

I so enjoyed reading the book and often found myself smiling and nodding along, or shaking my head and wiping away a tear here and there.

To celebrate the publication of her book Hilary is hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Dangled Carat, a $25 gift card to Victoria Secret and a CD by singer Sandi Rose! For more info on the giveaway and to enter, as well as information on the book tour, please visit Hilary here or here!

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  • confuzzledom September 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Slowly getting back to commenting…
    I like the sound of this book. I may add it to my list…

  • TBMarkinson September 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I’m so happy for her. And yes, Marc was frustrating at time. I wanted to have a sit down with him.

  • bachiles September 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

    What  a great review!!!  You are so right in all that you wrote—it such a great book and I felt like I knew everyone of her friends and family by the end of it!!!   You did  a great job on the review!!!  Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • BocaFrau September 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    bachiles Thanks, Beth Ann. It sure was interesting for me to read this book and look back at what I was doing around the same time this played out. Kind of surreal! 🙂

  • BocaFrau September 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    TBMarkinson Ha ha. I’m sure a lot of people feel this way. He’s a good guy though! 🙂

  • BocaFrau September 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    confuzzledom Oh, please do. Hilary would be thrilled. Hope you are feeling much better.

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  • TBMarkinson September 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    BocaFrau TBMarkinson That does come through in the book. I never hated Marc, I just wanted to talk some sense into the man!

  • feelingbeachie September 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

    bachiles It is funny – I always thought my family and friends were characters but now it is official~

  • feelingbeachie September 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

    BocaFrau bachiles It had to be strange for Susi to read considering she knew a lot of the characters in real life!

  • feelingbeachie September 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

    TBMarkinson You and many other people!  He really needed a swift kick!

  • feelingbeachie September 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    TBMarkinson BocaFrau Marc’s a good guy – and I tried to show that – but he was VERY FRUSTRATING at the time. If not for his good qualities…

  • feelingbeachie September 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    confuzzledom Thanks so much – susi is right… I would so appreciate you checking it out…

  • Nicolette Springer September 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Great review! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to read it!

  • BocaFrau September 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Nicolette Springer Thanks. Hope you’ll enjoy it!!! 🙂

  • RoryBore September 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Well Done!   
    I so hope Hilary’s story reaches many people because it’s such a wonderful example of exactly what you said about 2 people allowing each other to grow.  No tricks or games to win a man — just honesty, patience and a lot of love.

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