Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson (CLOSED)

Title: The Idea of Him   
Author: Holly Peterson     
Published: April 2014, William Morrow & Company  
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages   
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours  

A fabulous and compelling story from Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny

Mary Crawford is a once aspiring screenwriter turned successful public relations executive, mother of two young children, and wife of a hotshot magazine editor whose power base spans the worlds of finance, fashion, culture, entertainment, and society. At 34, she finds herself at a crossroads: between the office and her home, her life has become an endless rotation of people pleasing-whether pulling rabbits out of hats for her mogul boss, entertaining advertisers and phony A-listers for her husband's magazine, or making elaborate costumes for children's school plays. At least, that is, until she meets a head turning, traffic stopping beauty at the bar of the famed Four Seasons Grill Room-where many of the novel's players regularly convene-and shortly thereafter finds the same woman and her husband in an apparently compromising position in her own apartment.

And so begins the story of two very different women bound by similar missions-to uncover the crimes and betrayals of various men in their lives and finally put their own interests front and center. For Mary this ultimately means leaving a husband who is ideal in theory but not in practice, and deciding to risk security for self-fulfillment and a new life on her own. Like so many women, Mary fell for the man she married when she was in her twenties only to realize years later that it wasn't him she fell for as much as it was the idea of him-the idea of a savior who would protect and provide and ferry her from her past into the future. But the guy who seemed so right at the time turned out to be nothing more than a fantasy.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Holly Peterson and I enjoyed the writing. I liked that this was a quick, fun read, with a bit of a mystery and some suspense thrown in. 

What I loved most about this book were the characters. Holly creates some really intriguing characters, some that you love and some that are quite despicable. Right from the start, I found myself liking Allie - she is the woman who seems to have it all on the surface, but when you start to dig a little deeper, you realize that all is not what it seems. Allie has some ghosts from her past that she can't quite let go, and after an incident at a party in her house, realizes her perfect life isn't quite as perfect. 

I also loved the character of Jackie. At first, I had a hard time deciding whether she was inherently a good character or a bad character - I was very weary of her motivations in all she did. I love characters like that - ones that make you constantly question whether they are true or up to no good!

I admit I'm not up on all the financial crises of the world, so some of the financial wheeling and dealings were like reading Greek to me, but it did add to the overall tension of the book and I still got the general gist of what was going on. Between all that and the secrets that were being kept, I had to know how things would end up.

About the author: Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Manny. She was a contributing editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she covered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York TimesNewsweekTalk, the Daily BeastVogueHarper’s Bazaar, and other publications.

Authors Links: 
Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook 

To see who else is participating in Holly Peterson's The Idea of Him tour, click here.

Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of The Idea of Him plus an Andrea Schroder candle to give away to my readers.
To enter…

  • Leave a comment below & be sure to include your email address.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • You MUST include email address or entry will be invalid.
  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends April 17th. 

Good luck!



  1. I've been hearing great things about this book and the reviews on Amazon are pretty positive too. I think my wife and I would both enjoy it. Thanks
    I also tweeted a link to this post:

  2. Thanks for this great giveaway. Your review caught my interest. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This book would be enjoyed greatly. Thanks for the chance. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. I am so excited about this book! I love the synopsis and your review just makes it a must read, too! I'm tweeting & FB'ing this giveaway, too.
    booksintheburbs at gmail dot com
    FB: Booksintheburbs Lisa

  5. The more I read about the book, the more I want to read it.

    1. Oops, forgot my email:

    2. Here's where I tweeted:

  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! The author wrote a terrific guest post for my site.

    Pkease enter me in the giveaway.Thanks!


  7. Sounds great!
    Thanks for holding the contest, too.

  8. I really want to read The Idea of Him. I've been a fan of Holly's since The Manny!

    SuzyQ4PR at aol dot com

  9. This sounds like a wonderful book!

  10. Thank you for the great giveaway. This book sounds like a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  11. This sounds a little different than I normally read but still very intriguing.

    Thanks for the chance!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com


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