About the book:
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.
I inhaled Mating Rituals. Seriously. I mean, who's never daydreamed about meeting the rich, handsome, sophisticated, dude? Not to mention actually marrying him? Who cares if it was all done in a drunken frenzy? Or that the WASP-ish life is stuffy & unyielding?
Well, Peggy does. After all, drunken frenzies are so not what she does! But! Oh, but! Here's an opportunity for both of them to get what they need - for her, the money to save her store and help her bestest friend in the whole world (I won't mention marrying the live-in dork who's hung around for 7 years without committing. Ok, so I did.); for him, the ability to care for his great-aunt in her declining years. (Yeah, gorgeous AND noble. They don't really make 'em like that, do they? Do they?)
Mating Rituals is sassy, if sometimes a bit long-winded. But I liked it. Add this to the pile for a good beach read. And if you can't buy it ('cuz you signed up for insane challenges like my Ban on Spending!), then read on!
Lauren Lipton is a deputy editor at Cosmopolitan. Previously she was a senior editor at In Style and a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where for the popular Weekend Journal section she reported on supersize engagement rings, copycat brides who steal their friends' wedding ideas, and luxury homes with his-and-hers garages. Her work has also appeared in publications including Glamour and Marie Claire and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She began her career as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering television and lifestyle trends.
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. Lauren can be found online at her website and her blog.
In Lauren's own words:
I confess, I'm a bit of a fraud. Despite having written a novel about White Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture, and despite my own part-WASP heritage-born in Providence, Rhode Island, to a native New Englander - I might not succeed if, like Peggy Adams, the heroine of my novel, I had to pass myself off as "one of them." Here are five reasons why not:
1. I can't drink gin-and-tonics. In fact, I can't drink gin or tonic in any form, separately or together, thanks to one unfortunate party my freshman year of college, when I decided it would be fun to toss back several G&Ts in succession. Just remembering this incident is making me queasy. Better change the subject...
2. Speaking of college, it was not an Ivy.
3. I look ghastly in pink and green. Coral and teal are lovely on me. But the authentic, preppy hues of powder-pink and lime make me look as if I've had too many gin and tonics.
4. It's hard to sail, golf or play tennis when you don't like to be in the sun.
5. I'd choose high heels over boat shoes any day.
I hope you and your readers enjoy MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP anyway. Do have a G&T for me!
I have one copy of this lovely book for you lucky ducks (due to miscommunication on my part, I ended up with an extra)! To enter, comment and share if you'd be able to be "one of them"! =) I couldn't: I burp. Can't be bothered with makeup. Forget G&Ts, I drink wine out of a box. Sometimes. Can't swim well, and golf & tennis involve hitting balls with something. While aiming at something. Hah! Good luck! =P Seriously - good luck that I don't hit (or maim) you, me, or the poor unlucky sod who's standing next to you or me.
Since I'm mailing it out, it can go anywhere that the USPS is able to deliver to. KittyCat and gautami, this includes you gals! =D As always, +1 for following, +2 for sharing. So go tell the world, peeps! And be done by 6:00 pm CST June 7th! Good luck!
Check out the other tour stops - there are tons of 'em, and who knows what you'll find? =)