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Friday, August 17, 2012

Marrying Up by Wendy Holden giveaway

mu Title: Marrying Up

Author: Wendy Holden

ISBN: 978-0-4022-7067-3

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Format: Trade Paperback

$14.99

Release Date: August 2012

How I Read It: Trade Paperback from publisher

Rating: 3.5 Crowns

Beautiful but broke student Polly and scheming social climber Alexa may have grown up in the same place, but they couldn’t be more different. Polly’s just fallen for Max, a handsome country vet. But Alexa can’t be bothered with love—any guy with a pedigree will do, mind you, as long as he comes with a title, a mansion, and a family tiara.

Alexa wiggles her way into friendship with Florrie, and clueless aristocrat who could support entire countries with her spare change. Suddenly the grandest doors wing open for Alexa, and a new life is so close she can taste it. Polly could care less about Max’s money, but his mysterious habit of disappearing scares her. What’s he hiding?

Razor sharp in its wit, and as fresh as newlywed royals, Marrying Up reveals how sometimes a rags-to-riches story can rip a girl to shreds—and how sometimes the rewards of love aren’t always what you expect. (from the back of the book)

My Thoughts:

The plot:

Broke-girl-meets-mysterious-man-who-turns-out-to-be-wealthy-prince-irritating-aristocrat-puts-a-spanner-works-then-all-goes-topsyturvy-when-an-annoying-social-climber-starts-scheming.

When the plot is summed up as such, one would believe that this book hold potential to be grand, and while I did enjoy the novel I felt that it did not live up to its potential. I loved Polly and Max and if the book would have stayed focused on them rather than veering off with characters so over the top that they become annoying it would have made for a good read. However, the other characters overshadowed the only enjoyable pair in the book, which ended up annoying me.

I will say that I enjoyed the book immensely until chapter 10 then things rapidly declined.

Overall, the book was an extremely light read that offered a bit of wit. If you can get past the maddening characters with outlandish names, you might find that you enjoy this read.

Have you read Marrying Up? If so, I would love to know what you think of the novel. If not, then this is your chance to win a copy.

Giveaway ends: September 2, 2012

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Giveaway is Worldwide.

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16 comments:

Lory Lee said...

Hmmm, now I'm curious with the book. Haven't had the chance to read it, but would love to (then I'll write my own review) :D Thanks for the fabulous contest!

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librarianmarketing said...

Have read other titles by Wendy Holden. labogart@juno.com

Gisele said...

I haven't read any of her books but this is a great chance to! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Catherine said...

Thanks for your great blog. I live in France so I do not often have opportunities to browse for books in an English bookshop. Your blog is a good way to keep up with new releases. I would be happy to give Wendy Holden's book a try. I don't remember having read anything by her so far.
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Ao Bibliophile said...

Wendy Holden is a new author for me and i would love to give her book a try. thanks for the giveaway!

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Martha Lawson said...

She is a new to me author, which I love finding! I would love to be entered to win this one. Thanks for the chance.

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Mystica said...

New to me as well. Please count me in and thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.

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Carol L. said...

This is new to me as is the Author. I've seen it around the internet quite a bit though. Love to give it a try. :)
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Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

Sounds like a good read! Especially after the fairy tale royal wedding. Thanks!

Margaret
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marybelle said...

I am curious. Thank you for your honest review.

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Na said...

This sounds like a fun story :) Plus the author is new to me so I would like to try.

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Nancy said...

Haven't read it but would love to. thx.
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Anonymous said...

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bn100 said...

I haven't read the book yet, but would like to.

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Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any books by this author. But this one sounds really good, and I just love the characters she uses. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Eli Yanti said...

i have not read this author books before, love to win and read her book :)

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