Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Book Tour: The Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp by Lauren Lipton

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5-1/4" x 8"

Peggy Adams is comfortable in her New York life, until she makes an unusual agreement with Luke Sedgwick, the last scion of an old New England family. The deal: Stay married for a year, and the two will inherit the Sedgwick mansion in New Nineveh, a quaint, preppy Connecticut town.But entering Luke’s world isn’t easy. Peggy must quickly learn how to pass herself off as a proper Connecticut wife and a perfect WASP.(Hint: At parties, nobody actually eats the food.) To make matters worse, she finds herself falling in love with the man she’s married to—despite that he seems to have no feelings for her.

My Thoughts:
Peggy is a wonderful character with such a heart. She is the type of person you want to root for. I like the way she quickly acclimated herself to being a weekend WASP "wife" and how she seemed to genuinely care for Luke's aunt along with the Sedgewick mansion. Her life during the week is spent in NY in her bath care products store. Her best friend Bex is also her business partner. This part of the book is also very enjoyable. I found all the characters in the book to be very believable.

I did get a chuckle and could easily relate to the WASP's feelings about newcomers. My father used to jokingly call my mother's family a bunch of Johnny-Come-Latelys. After all, her family didn't set foot in New England until 1635!

There are so many elements to this story that women can relate to; the desire to find true love, settle down, be successful and find fulfillment in life. Family and friendships are an integral part of the story.

Are there parts of the book that are reasonably predictable? Yes, but that does not take away from the sheer enjoyment factor of this romantic comedy. Plenty of humor in this perfect summer read. Maybe I'm just partial to books set in New England, but I really enjoyed this one. 4****

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  1. You're right - the story was somewhat predictable, but the journey sure was lots of fun!

  2. I think it was predictable, but I had fun with it an enjoyed several of the things that you mentioned in your review.

  3. I so want to read this book, it sounds so interesting and fun :D

    Btw, an award waiting for you at my blog

  4. Sure it was predictable but still a great read. That's what I love about books like these, they just take you away for a while for a few laughs and such.

  5. I enjoyed it too! Great review!
    .. it was a light quick read.
    I wanted to let you know that I have a Guest Post on my blog and a giveaway also going on.. and I put a link on the post to your blog also as part of the tour...
    (So tell your readers to enter at The Burton Review for achance to win one of three copies)

  6. Oh this just sounds like a fun summer book to read. Thanks for the review Kaye!

  7. Sounds like a lovely sweet book.

    There is an award waiting for you at my blog here. Congratulations.

  8. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  9. It sounds like a lively read even if it is predictable. :) I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

  10. I haven't read my copy yet but I'm itching to get my hands on it. Sounds so good! It's one for hammock!

  11. Hi Kaye! After several weeks of craziness at my house, I'm finally catching up on my blog reading! I see you've been busy! lol

    This book sounds wonderful for this summer. I love romantic comedy, whether it be in a book or a movie. And I can even handle the little bit of predictability. I'll be looking for this one!

  12. I really enjoyed this book. As soon as I finished reading and reviewing I sent it to my daughter. I need to follow up with her to see what she thought!


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