Saturday, 4 March 2017

Book Review - Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave him the wrong Finger by Beth Harbison - Back Catalogue Books

Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it!

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Title: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger 
Author: Beth Harbison
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 9th July 2013
Rating: 3 Stars

Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests' expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke's brother, Frank.

That relationship didn't work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank's brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family's Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you've traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn't mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison's flair for humor and heart, Chose the Wrong Guy will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love.

Mediocre romance story, featuring a woman who is clearly messed up romantically since being derailed on her way to the altar 10 years ago. She ends up going off with the best man, and then spends the next ten years trying to forget and move on from her husband to be, and his best man. 

These just happen to be Burke and Frank Morrison, who are brothers, and who Quinn is trying to put behind her. Then their grandmother Dottie, asks Quinn to make her wedding dress, and announces that Frank and Burke are back in town. 

As you may predict cue lots of uncomfortable meetings between the three of them, as well as flashbacks to Quinn and Burke's past. 

I found Quinn to just be a very irritating main character, and even half way through I was unsympathetic to the "which Morrison brother will she end up dilemma". 

There are though some high points in the book, mainly from her friend Glenn, who challenges her to a series of fun things to do each day in the run up to Dottie's wedding, some of which are more interesting or embarrassing than others. 

I also really liked Dottie, and her fiancee Lyle. Dottie is determined that Quinn and her grandsons all get along, and goes to all sorts of measures to achieve it. It's just none of them were that interesting, or enjoyable to me.  Lyle just seemed like a lovely man, and I loved his conversation with Quinn after he was seen in a jewelry store, it gives a real clue into his personality. 

If you want a reasonably uncomplicated romance, which can be predicted, and you want to escape into a gentle book for a few hours, then this is probably for you.

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