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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758215398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758215390
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,531,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carter's second novel (after She'll Take It) follows a thrice-divorced tarot card reader possessed of questionable psychic prowess who is drawn into the strange dealings of a wealthy family. Despite three failed marriages, 32-year-old Clair Ivars is still "in love with love," so she's not exactly thrilled about her first encounter with Rachel Morgan, a manic bride-to-be who bullies Clair into predicting a miserable married future. Rachel leaves her three-carat diamond engagement ring with Clair, along with instructions to return the pricey piece to the groom-to-be, wine and vodka mogul Jack Heron. Hilarity and mishaps ensue as Clair travels to the Heron Estate and meets Jack and his family. While pretending to be Jack's fiancée (to please Jack's grandmother and a group of investors), Clair finds secrets in every corner of the mansion and meets her dream beau. The sitcom-caliber humor hits its mark, and the trove of mini-mysteries will keep readers guessing. (Mar.)
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When psychic Clair does a tarot-card reading for doubting bride-to-be Rachel, it's the beginning of a bizarre adventure. Rachel leaves behind her engagement ring and her fiance Jake's business card, and Clair decides to take a pilgrimage to the Heron family winery to return the ring. Somehow she ends up agreeing to impersonate Rachel at a giant engagement party while simultaneously trying to get to the bottom of the strange circumstances that have driven Rachel away--and keep at bay her lust for Jake's best man, Mike. There are plenty of twists, turns, and secrets to be revealed that make Carter's romance stand apart from more predictable fare. Plus Clair, a thrice-divorced fortune-teller, is not exactly the prototypical romance heroine. Carter, the author of She'll Take It (2006), shows she has a knack for creating odd but likable characters, and readers are sure to take notice. Aleksandra Kostovski
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Sophie on July 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was a very nice surprise for me. A lot of chick-lit-type novels try too hard to blend humor, mystery and romance, resulting in a book that's never truly witty, with characters that seem much more like caricatures than people you might actually know or be. But "Accidentally Engaged" is definitely an exception, deftly blending wit that makes you laugh out loud (I'm still laughing over a cute paragraph of internal dialogue after Jack asks Clair "What up?"), with an appealing, original lead character and a bit of supernatural suspense that never feels hokey.

Clair Ivers is a real psychic, and it's definitely to the author's credit that this ends up being completely believable. Clair reads Tarot cards (in the beginning we get a very clear and funny explanation of the meanings of the different cards) and occasionally does private readings. She both appreciates and loathes her gift, which she inherited from her grandmother. One day she is forced to do a reading for Rachel, a woman who is about to marry Jack, a wealthy business owner who manufactures vodka under the family name. Rachel comes with her Jack's sister, Susan and each woman has an agenda: Rachel wants a reading that warns her in absolute terms NOT to marry Jack, while Susan wants a reading that convinces Rachel that marrying Jack is the right thing to do. In the end, Clair ends up giving in to Rachel. There's only one problem: when Rachel exits the reading, she leaves behind her engagement ring.

Now feeling guilty and determined to confront Jack with the ring and with the truth of the reading, Clair sets off to Jack's estate. She also sees a picture of Jack and feels an undeniable attraction and connection to him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little D on March 7, 2007
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I've really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't anything like I expected it to be. From reading the back description I didn't realize Clair, the main character, was a psychic. I just assumed she was a little intuitive and read tarot cards. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how psychi Calir really is and it mae me enjoy it so much more! That spin on this book made it much better than your average chick lit book.

I will definitely read more of Mary Carter's books in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna on February 13, 2010
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Too many coincidences, "mysteries" that anybody who's ever watched a soap opera for a week could figure out, and an annoying, not-very-bright main character. Not one I would recommend, sorry.
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By Chereno on May 9, 2013
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Super cute story that was engaging, well-told, and hilarious. I was laughing out loud the entire book. Very engaging characters too.
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By Anastacia Russell on June 8, 2013
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Clair is a Tarot reader who stumbles into a rich family's drama. She is a bit stupid, and has been married three times at 32. The love triangle between Jack and Mike was interesting, but it's obvious what the ending would be, and I'm not psychic.
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By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2010
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I really liked this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I was very satisfied with my order. It arrived 8 days after I ordered (far less than projected) it and in great conditition. I would definately order from them again.
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More About the Author

MARY CARTER is a novelist and writing coach. Her latest novel with Kensington Books takes you on a heartbreaking journey through Italy in THREE MONTHS IN FLORENCE. Previous works include intrigue in a lighthouse with THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU, a journey to Ireland in THE PUB ACROSS THE POND, (also available as an audiobook through Blackstone Audio), a tale of twin sisters, one Deaf, one hearing in MY SISTER'S VOICE, a young woman trying to help a boy find his father in, SUNNYSIDE BLUES, a misguided psychic in ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED, and a troubled kleptomaniac who falls in love in SHE'LL TAKE IT. In addition to her novels she has written four novellas: A Christmas Carousel in the upcoming anthology, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology YOU'RE STILL THE ONE, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology HOLIDAY MAGIC, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology ALMOST HOME. Her novels have been translated in the UK, France, Germany, China, South Korea, Brazil, Portugal, and Romania. She is currently working on her eighth novel, MEET ME IN BARCELONA, as well as a summer novella. Readers are welcome to visit her at marycarterbooks.com, Mary Carter books on Facebook, or @marycarterbooks on Twitter. Mary just moved to Wilmington NC where she writes and hangs out with her energetic labradoodle. Aspiring writers should check out wilmingtonwrites.com

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