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Previously Engaged Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Elodia was born in Alaska, and grew up in California. She graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University where she majored in advertising and minored in English. She currently resides in Spokane, Washington, with her husband, Jacob. When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, playing the piano, and listening to her husband play guitar. She firmly believes that laughter is the best medicine, and in this world of troubles and trials, she hopes to bring laughter to readers through her writing.
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I want to update my review. I had a very hard time with the beginning of the book as you can tell from the above review. However, I finally got curious and finished the book because I loved the first book and wanted to see the rest of the story. I enjoyed the last part of the book and I am sorry I didn't finish it the first time. It is a fun read and most people will enjoy it if they are more patient than I was with the beginning of the story. My apologies to Ms. Strain. It is worth your time and you will enjoy it.
No sex, no bad language, no violence. Really funny, but not as humorous as the first one. Loved it anyway. Keeper!
This is the kind of book you snuggle up next to a big fire with a cup of cocoa. Just delicious.
I love Annabelle Pleasanton, the hilarious, quirky, always-getting-out of scrapes main character. She is dating Isaac Matthews, and she gets the feeling that he's going to propose. He asks her ring size and hints that she should get a short lease on an apartment, but Annabelle keeps waiting for it to happen. In the meantime, she wins a $50,000 "Dream Wedding." Although he hasn't technically proposed yet, Annabelle begins to plan her "Dream Wedding."
There are a few obstacles keeping her from that dream wedding. First, there's Alex who dumped her at the prom, but seems to have had second thoughts. Then, there's Chloe, Isaac's agent, whom everyone seems to think is perfect for him. There's also the fact that Isaac is not into the high end designer suit and fancy food that her dream wedding require. To top it all off, an amazing job offer threatens to come between Annabelle and Isaac.
This is a funny, laugh-out-loud story about a very endearing woman. Through this first-person account, I felt like I really knew Annabelle. Strain's comical and crisp writing style brings the reader into the story like you're listening to your best friend and rooting for her to get out of the awkward situations she manages to get into.
Despite Annabelle's penchant for designer bargains, beneath that cashmere sweater, is a huge heart. She writes "Pink Notes" in a notebook which contains lists of people who inspire her. Amongst her "Pink Notes" are women who run a flower business and bakery whose proceeds go to charity. Inside, Annabelle knows what's important in life and it's a fun ride reading as she makes meaningful decisions with that $50,000 she won.
I love a story that makes me laugh and inspires me at the same time. Elodia Strain's Previously Engaged is that story. You'll find a well-written book with fleshed-out characters who feel real. Funny dialogue and interior monologue accompany this gem. With her clever writing style, Strain has composed a charming book that makes me want to read the next book she has to offer.