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Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger [Kindle Edition]

Beth Harbison
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<p>From Beth Harbison, the New York Times bestselling author of <i>When in Doubt, Add Butter</i> and <i>Shoe Addicts Anonymous,</i> comes <i>Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger</i>,<i> </i>a delightful new novel that will make you look at second chances in a whole new way.</p><p>
Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, some<i>one </i>derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests' expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.</p><p>
She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke's brother, Frank.</p><p>
That relationship didn't work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, <i>in love with, </i>Frank's brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family's Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, <i>Talk of the Gown</i>, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.</p><p>
But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you've traded the good guy for the bad guy for <i>no </i>guy doesn't mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison's flair for humor and heart, <i>Chose the Wrong Guy </i>will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love. </p><p>

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Seconds before her trip down the aisle to marry her high-school sweetheart, handsome wild man Burke Morrison, Quinn has a change of heart. Then Burke’s brother and best man, Frank, reveals some scandalous news that sends him and the runaway bride to Vegas for a fling. But he isn’t a good fit either. Nearly two decades later, Quinn ends up in a small Virginia town, managing her family’s bridal shop, tailoring dresses, and offering advice to a succession of brides-to-be. When the brothers come back in town, old flames reignite and Quinn once again finds herself in the middle of a love tug-of-war. Harbison’s signature smart chick lit (When In Doubt, Add Butter, 2012) delivers a lovable protagonist with a razor-sharp wit combined with modern characters and true-to-life scenarios. As the title suggests, this hilariously quirky, charming, perfect-for-summer read will have readers choosing sides (Team Burke! Team Frank!) and learning along with Quinn to embrace true love with humor and heart. --Annie Suhy


“Narrator Orlagh Cassidy gives the characters heart, depth, and fantastic Southern accents. Perfect for fans of light romance and a great beach read.” – Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312599137
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WVJH48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing on many levels July 28, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This novel sounded like a great fun read but I was so disappointed that I had to really push myself to keep reading.

The premise is shaky. If she loved her fiancé (they'd been together for a number of years since early high school), why would she take his brother's word that he had been unfaithful (with no evidence) right before the wedding and call it all off? Wouldn't she at least talk to her finance (who, by the way, is waiting at the altar at that moment)?

The book is basically pretty boring. None of the characters were very likeable or all that interesting.

I frankly found it unappealing that (TWICE) her friend who owned the cheese store talked about how his love life was so boring that he got the most pleasure from his HAND. Really? How was this necessary for the story?

Now, the title is funny and clever. Too bad it wasn't on a better book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars July 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Beth Harbison's Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger is a warm and witty novel about coming to terms with the past. Quinn Barton comes face to face with her unhappy past when her ex-fiancé's grandmother hires her to make her wedding gown for her upcoming marriage.

Just as she was about to walk down and marry her high school sweetheart, Burke, Quinn learns from Burke's best man (and brother), Frank, that Burke has been cheating on her. Quinn calls off the wedding and ten years later, she has yet to recover from Burke's betrayal. When both men return to town for their grandmother's wedding, Quinn can no longer run away from her unresolved past.

Since most of Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger is in first person from Quinn's perspective, there is no mistaking how much Burke's infidelity affected her. Quinn does not like change, and she lives a safe, predictable, low key (ahem, boring) life. She never gave Burke the chance to tell his side of the story and she wallows in her unresolved past. The brothers' return stirs up a lot of old memories (good and bad) and forces Quinn to seek answers to the questions that have plagued her for years.

The brothers' return provides the perfect opportunity for Quinn's good friend, Glenn, to encourage her to expand her limited horizons. Glenn devises a plan to add a little spice to Quinn's life by assigning her a task a day that is out of her usual comfort zone. Some of the assignments are simple and easy to complete while others are outrageous that sometimes end with disastrous results. Glenn is also Quinn's sounding board and he offers her some much needed advice.

Some of the chapters are flashbacks to the early years of Quinn and Burke's romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average July 29, 2013
By Tina
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of this author's books and I find she is kind of hit and miss for me and this one falls more on the "miss" side unfortunately.

While I loved the premise of the book, I find that i just could not seem to get involved in the storyline or the characters. I am not sure if this is because the pacing of this book is incredibly slow (for a chick lit novel) or if it just because the storyline ended up being a bit boring to me, but I cannot really recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After the Shoe Addicts books, Beth Harbison became one of my Must Read authors. I was looking forward to her latest and the title clinched it for me. Unfortunately, I struggled with this book. We see our main character, Quinn, both in present day and in flashbacks. We also meet brothers Burke and Frank, the two competing love interests in Quinn's life. But here's where I struggled...why exactly was Frank a love interest??? They had a brief tryst after her failed wedding to Burke. Frank had been pining after her for years apparently but I was really confused at the depth of feeling between Frank & Quinn after what seemed like such limited interaction. We only saw Frank in one flashback and yes, he looked out for her while she was in a difficult spot but it hardly explained how they came to have such intense feelings all of these years later. Perhaps if there'd been more flashbacks involving all 3 characters where we could've seen interaction between this trio, tension between the brothers, the growing affection that Frank had for Quinn or even some torn feelings on Quinn's part, the final outcome would've made a little more sense. I spent most of the book confused about whether I should be rooting for either brother. Normally, I can read straight through one of Harbison's books in one sitting, but this one didn't keep me as engaged. I think I will give it a re-read just to make sure that I didn't skip a chapter or miss something major. I will keep Miss Harbison on my must read list and I still look forward to what she has to offer in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I truly enjoy Ms. Harbison's style of writing. She is a master at creating characters that readers can relate to and sympathize with. In Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger- the title quickly draws you into the plot and the plight of its protagonist, Quinn Barton. In her youth, Quinn was ready to walk down the aisle with her high school sweetheart. She was literally ready to make the trek to the altar when her fiance's brother pulls her aside to divulge information he feels she should know prior to making a lifetime commitment. The book starts off with this bombshell from Quinn's past and then chronicles the events leading up to the marriage and Quinn's present day life as single, mid 30's, Bridal Shop owner. This is a fun and easy read. Anyone who has read other novels by Ms. Harbison will enjoy this book.
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