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

Beth Harbison
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Beth Harbison, the New York Times bestselling author of When in Doubt, Add Butter and Shoe Addicts Anonymous, comes Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger, a delightful new novel that will make you look at second chances in a whole new way.


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, someone 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.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

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 no 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, Chose the Wrong Guy will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love. 


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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: #36,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Frenzied! September 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Looking for a fun, yet frenzied summer-reading kind of book? Take a look at Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Imagine being Quinn, a bride just getting ready to take "The Walk," the love of your life, Burke, is waiting by the alter. Along comes Frank, Burke's brother, saying he NEEDS to talk to you, NOW, and suddenly, the world as you know it crumbles at your feet. The wedding is off, and you escape with Frank. Life goes on and ten years later, Quinn is a Bridal Shop owner, making a dress for Frank and Burke's grandmother. Of course, this brings both men back into town and puts Quinn in a decidedly uncomfortable position.

Beth Harbison gives us flashbacks of the past, most of them internalized in Quinn's thoughts, sometimes funny, sometimes, sad, sometimes just plain obsessive over-thinking! Her characters are colorful and alive, sometimes larger than life, sometimes quirky, sometimes painfully lost. Full of many "shoulda-woulda-coulda" moments, I got lost in the story, I was feeling what Quinn felt and thank goodness for her best friend, Glenn...if Glenn hadn't gotten Quinn of the walls of the past, I'm afraid BOTH of us would have been stuck there! So, you're probably wondering how it all turned out, does Quinn reach an epiphany of the heart? Does she love one brother more than the other? Does she love either of them? This is light reading, relax and go with the story reading, you won't need Dramamine, but you will get a little dizzy in the maze that is Quinn's mind!

This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~~An Awesome Read~~~
This is a well written book with fascinating characters, and a captivating story line. The book covers, with much truth, the journey of love from a girls heart, to a woman's heart.
Published 24 days ago by reneaparmley
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Stupid title, boring chacters, predictable ending. I had a hard time liking the main character & didn't like the switch back & forth from past to present. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jackie Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book! It is a great vacation read.
Published 1 month ago by Shauna Larson
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
It doesn't take much for books to impress me but this one was not good. I feel like the entire plot was a let down. There really was no climax. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bre
1.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster, at best.
This book was terrible. Forced, fake dialogue. Yes, I get it, summer reads are meant to be light and easy. But they should still be well written, and hold your interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Kept me guessing right up until the end. I love Beth Harbison, she is so easy to relate to. Thank You
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Sevigny
3.0 out of 5 stars not great either. Quinn isn't that likeable so it was ...
A little...blah. Not awful, not great either. Quinn isn't that likeable so it was hard to care about her plight.
Published 2 months ago by Van Rooy Plumbing
2.0 out of 5 stars Great title - less than great book
I've read most of Harbison's books, and generally enjoy them. After a good start, this one really dragged and I found myself flipping pages to get to a point where the story was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne P. Malone
4.0 out of 5 stars B rating...
My Review:
Overall.... 3.50
Performance... 3.75
Story.... 3.50

Beth Harbison's books tend to fall more under women's fiction than my normal straight... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Smitten with Reading
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Romance with Humor
I have not had time to read (listen) to as many digital books lately, with so many good advanced reading copies; however, had a lot of driving to do, so popped in Beth’s “Chose the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judith D. Collins
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