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A Previous Engagement by [Haddad, Stephanie]
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About the Author

Stephanie Haddad is the author of Love Regifted, Love Unlisted, Socially Awkward, and the forthcoming sequel Happily Ever Afterwards. She has also published dozens of short stories, including the collection Other Kinds of Love and the upcoming Blessings & Lessons. She lives north of Boston with her husband, two children, and two dogs, fitting writing into her business schedule whenever she can. Visit www.stephaniehaddad.com for more information on upcoming titles and other news.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VYZLVC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #747,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ... Like many of us who yearn for somewhere over the rainbow, Tess Monroe discovers that happiness and her heart's desire can be found in her own back yard.

This is a classic `boy next door' story, romance in its purest form and I lapped it up unashamedly.

Although a tale as old as time itself, the author breathes life into her characters, and I practically experienced a New England Spring, and walked in the marbled halls of Prime Investments with Tess as she applied her talent for planning marketing strategies whilst learning how to deal with underlings in her new executive role.

Tess is determined to make a success of her career, especially as her romantic life is non-existent. Her best friends since schooldays Kendra (now a successful restaurant owner, wife and mother) and Christian (engaged, talented and sought after photographer) appear to be doing better in their personal life. So it is a shock when Marcy, Christian's wife-to-be breaks off their engagement. Even more so when she cites the reason: Christian is too close to his old school friends, particularly Tess.

Feeling guilty at being the catalyst, telling herself the affection between her and Christian is platonic, Tess is on a mission to find Christian the perfect girlfriend. In any case, she tells herself she is a career girl, and has already accepted an even more executive role in Chicago. The fact that she promised to marry Christian `if no-one else came along' when they were kids in the school playground - well that was just a childish game. The reader can see what Tess cannot. In a hundred different ways Christian silently proclaims his love for her.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9934266c) out of 5 stars 108 reviews
93 of 102 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984ffa08) out of 5 stars Recommended for Romance Genre fans 28 Sept. 2011
By Jason Halstead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Either because of my testicles or because I'm just that way, I avoid romances. They seem to only be possible when incredibly stupid people are the characters. The main character in A Previous Engagement (a clever title, by the way), fits the category perfectly. I thought the male paramour did as well until I was most of the way through the book. Then I realized he wasn't suffering from a series of major concussion, he was just overly sentimental and emotional for a man. Definitely not a man's man, but perhaps he fits with the modern metrosexual kind of guy that's become so popular. I prefer the 80's action movie hero kind of guy. Or The Duke.

One other thing bothered me ¨C the book leaves the impression that it's unfavorable for a woman to have a successful career. The main character strives to do so, but she's not complete without a partner and family in her life. I find that a flawed lesson. Why should a person be required to have a family to be complete?

That's the bad, here comes the good.

The book was very well written. The main character amused me time and again (when she wasn't aggravating me by being oblivious), thanks to the author's skill with putting words together. I faintly remember one chapter starting with a sentence that was too long and made no sense, but I was able to move past it easily and find no other flaws. Coming from another writer, that's a major success.

I read the book in a matter of hours, another feather in Stephanie's hat. I abhor the genre yet she kept me reading. I wanted to reach in and strangle the characters because they seemed to be inexplicably stupid from the very beginning, but still I read on. I say 'inexplicably stupid' but that does not mean they are without precedent. Virtually any romance movie available or even some distant relatives of mine have displayed similar or near exact levels of ignorance and dumbassery. So yes, I thought they were dumb but it's a dumb that I've seen many times before in fiction and in fact.

For someone who enjoys the genre, I recommend the book highly.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9850609c) out of 5 stars book review of A Previous Engagement 27 Aug. 2011
By LCRicci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I heard about this book through word of mouth - and although I had not heard of the author before, I thought I would give it a try. The opening pages hooked me and I had trouble putting the book down - hoping for the happy ending I wanted, and getting every bit of that and more! The characters and their interactions with friends and family members were true to life - more so than in some other books in this genre where best friends are always supportive or the two destined lovers are perfect for each other. These characters had flaws that made them who they were and made the story jump from the page. I am looking forward to reading more by Stephanie Hadded.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99428810) out of 5 stars Great beach read! 13 Sept. 2011
By momoftwocuteboys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Purchased the book after hearing about it from a friend and loved it from the second I started reading it! Great beach read or perfect for someone looking for an easy read. Characters were great, definitely didn't want it to end! Would highly recommend the book, looking forward reading more from this author!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984ff87c) out of 5 stars so wanted to like it 31 Jan. 2012
By Fawn Jovingo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm sad to write this because from the synopsis I really wanted to like this book.. And I did the first chapter , I loved the playground proposal , with the blow pop ring so darrling .. And the end when basically was same chapter as first just older.. My problem, the entire thing in the middle.. This was so drug out and I really didnt even care of root for the main character, I found her selfish and annoying at times . Didnt even see that much of the hero to even have a opinion of him.. Id have to say pass .. If you like the plotline read TJ dell Saving face, Along the same type of line but much more substance , and enjoyable read
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984ff360) out of 5 stars Good vacation read 1 Feb. 2012
By J. Chatfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In searching for free books for my Kindle, I stumbled upon this one. I have to say - for free, it's a bargain, especially compared to the other free books I've encountered. It's entertaining, and a fast read. The plot is predictable, the characters fit a bit too nicely into their molds, and Tessie's inability to realize how Christian feels is hard to swallow. I spent a good part of the novel rolling my eyes because, come on - he did everything short of screaming it at her.

That said, the writing style is fluid and very readable. The dialogue is believable. The relationships are strong and also believable, for the most part. I easily fell in love with Christian. I'm a writer too - and crafting strong relationships and good dialogue will get you far. Had the on-again/off-again relationship between Tessie and Christian been tamed a bit, I'd have given this four stars for sure.

I'd definitely consider reading more of her work.
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