Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Book Tour: The Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp by Lauren Lipton
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.
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****
Author website: http://www.laurenlipton.com/
Author blog: http://laurenlipton.blogspot.com/
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For a complete list of links to others participating in the tour, please visit Drey at http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/04/get-ready-for-lauren-liptons-mating.html