Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison (audio)

Title: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger    
Author: Beth Harbison      
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy  
Published: July 2013, Macmillan Audio  
Length: 9 hours  
Source: Library 

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.

My thoughts: This is the first Beth Harbison book I've read/listened to and I have to say - it was so cute!!! Just the title alone caught my attention but I will say the book is more than just fluff. It's about second chances and moving on.

I loved the characters in this book, from Quinn, who I really adored, to her ex and his brother, their grandmother, and most especially, Quinn's friend Glenn. Every character had their part to play. What I loved most is that almost every character is flawed - which makes them that much more realistic.

The antics in this book are laugh-out-loud. I particularly loved how Glenn gave Quinn a different task in his 30-day challenge in an effort to help Quinn consider a new path in life, rather than resorting to the same old. Boy, some of those tasks would have been way out of my comfort zone, but Quinn does them all, with a few mishaps along the way.

This was a light, fun book that has me itching to try another...the only question is, do I try audio again or read. I have two of Beth's books on my shelf, but am thinking audio might be the way to go!

Audio Thoughts: Orlagh Cassidy does a great job with this book. She infuses just the right amount humor when the situation warrants it, but then is able to keep a serious tone when needed as well. She gives all the characters unique voices. I've listened to Orlagh before and enjoy her narrations.


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