I’ll just say right off that I really enjoyed Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton that I read for the May Blog Tour with Hachette Book Group! What a great book and totally perfect for that summer beach read that you may be still searching for! This is a light, fun and entertaining read with some romance thrown in and exactly what I like about chick-lit.
Mating Rituals of the North American WASP had me from this quote…
- ‘The man didn’t move. “Excuse me,” she croaked louder, and tapped him again, then jiggled his arm. Nothing happened. I’m practically middle-aged, Peggy thought. She hadn’t done anything like this in her twenties, when it might have been excusable. She was thirty-four and mortified.’ (pg 5, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton)
This came from Peggy who had innocently gone to Vegas for a bachelorette party for one of her friends and somehow ends up waking up to a strange man the next morning with absolutely no recollection of how she or they got there. She boots it out of there for home and her fiance only to get a phone call from the stranger who turns out to be Luke, a few days later. What does Luke have to say? Well it turns out that during their shared drunken stupor in Vegas they went and tied the knot—you got it, they went and got married!
Off to New Nineveh Peggy goes to get her marriage to Luke annulled. However, Luke’s Aunt Abby makes them an offer that if they stay married a year, they will inherit the Sedgwick Estate. Both say no way and agree to go their separate ways. Yet, when Peggy gets home she starts rethinking her decision. Luke comes from an old and important WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) family whose history goes back forever. That house could be worth millions and she could sure use the money since her shop that she runs with her best friend Bex, is on the verge of shutting down. She contacts Luke again and strikes up a deal with him to go ahead with this charade of a marriage.
What Peggy didn’t expect was to become so taken with New Ninevah and the people. Nor did she expect to become so attached to Aunt Abigail, a ninety-something spunky old lady or to be attracted to Luke. She’s kept very busy juggling New York and her life there during the week and then heading out on the weekends to spend it with Aunt Abby and Luke while trying to keep it all a secret from everyone, especially her fiancee. Then the unexpected, her fiance Brock finally proposes after seven years. What will Peggy do? Will she go ahead and marry Brock? Will she stay and try to make a life with Luke? Decisions, decisions.
I really liked the character of Peggy and Luke although at times I wanted to give them both a slap upside the head. There were so many instances where things could have been resolved had they just talked to each other but then there wouldn’t be a novel right. Aunt Abby was hilarious and I just loved her; she really brings a spark to this novel. So, yes this is a predictable story in classic chick-lit style but still it’s so worth the read. It grabbed my attention from the beginning all the way to when I turned the last page. I’d love to read more from Lauren Lipton.
Lauren Lipton is the author of two novels, It’s About Your Husband (2006) and Mating Rituals of the North American WASP (2009). She is also a freelance journalist who specializes in style, business and trend stories.
She is currently fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor at ForbesWoman magazine. She has also contributed features on society and media to the New York Times Sunday Styles section. A former Wall Street Journal staff writer, she reported on copycat brides who steal their friends’ wedding ideas, pajama parties for grown women, and luxury homes with his-and-hers garages.
Her work also has appeared in Conde Nast Portfolio, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Best Life, Glamour, Marie Claire, Fit Pregnancy and Working Mother, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times.
Born in Providence, R.I., Lauren grew up in the North County of San Diego and in Los Gatos, Calif., before moving to Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from Occidental College and a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California.
She lives with her family in New York City and in Litchfield County, Conn.
I think you should add it to your summer reading list and to help you do that I’m going to offer up a great giveaway to my readers with 3 copies up for grabs courtesy of Miriam at Hachette Book Group. To enter…
- Leave me a comment for one entry with a way to contact you please!
- For 2 entries comment on my review.
- 3 entries if you blog or tweet the giveaway to spread the word.
The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Monday, June 15, 2009. The books will be coming directly from the publisher. Good luck everyone!
Check out the other stops on this great Hachette Blog Tour here.