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Review and Blog Tour: Mating Rituals of the North American WASP

May 27, 2009

Mating Rituals

Best friends Peggy Adams and Bex Sabes-Cohen own a shop that sells bath products in New York City.  They travel to Las Vegas to attend a friend’s bachelorette party and Peggy wakes up the next morning in a strange man’s hotel room.  Peggy’s mortified and hurries out of the room as quickly as she can.  She’s convinced nothing happened since they’re both fully clothed, but she can’t remember how she came to be in this strange man’s room.

Back in New York City the next week, Peggy receives a phone call from the strange man and finds out that he’s Luke Sedgewick of New Nineveh, Connecticut.  He informs Peggy that they got married at a wedding chapel in Las Vegas prior to passing out.  Peggy hurries to New Nineveh to get an annulment (she is engaged to be engaged, after all) and finds out that Luke’s great-aunt has offered to leave Luke and Peggy her home (which is worth millions) if they stay together for a year.

At Peggy’s suggestion, they decide to stay married for the year and then sell the house.  Peggy spends weekdays in New York, working at the store, which is struggling, and weekends in New Nineveh.  It turns out that Peggy and Luke develop feelings for each other, but neither of them will verbalize their affection, so Peggy accepts when her boyfriend proposes marriage.

When Luke’s great-aunt passes away, Luke and Peggy are off the hook, but at that point neither wants the money and they both go back to their old lives, only this time Peggy is planning a wedding.  Just before her wedding date, Luke professes his love for Peggy, but is it too little, too late?

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is typical chick lit with a high brow New England setting thrown in for fun.  It was interesting to read about the WASPish attitudes on dress, behavior and decorum.  Things like WASPs are always on time for parties and never eat food at them.  They don’t believe in showing emotion and appearance is everything.  Both Peggy and Luke were frustrating at times because they jumped to conclusions and refused to tell their true feelings.  I found this book to be light and entertaining, even though it is somewhat predictable.

Some of the other blogs participating in today’s tour are:

30 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2009 6:26 am

    This book sounds like a light, fun read and something I would definitely like.

  2. May 27, 2009 6:30 am

    I enjoyed this book. I read and reviewed it last month.


  3. May 27, 2009 7:12 am

    Sounds fun, but probably not a good match for me.

  4. May 27, 2009 8:23 am

    This seems like such a fun novel. Many bloggers have mentioned it’s plot is similar to the movie What Happens in Vegas (which I really enjoyed). Thanks for the great review.

  5. May 27, 2009 8:43 am

    The cover of the book is cute but I am just not a huge fan of chick lit.

  6. May 27, 2009 9:07 am

    I surprised by the plot. I was expecting something different. However, it sounds like it would be a nice summer-time book.

  7. May 27, 2009 9:59 am

    It took me awhile to get into this one, but I really started getting into it once she spent her first few weekends up in New Ninevah.

  8. May 27, 2009 10:05 am

    I love a little chick lit now and then and this one sounds like it is worth it. Thanks for the review!

  9. May 27, 2009 10:08 am

    Very nice plot summary! It was fun to read something different and light.

  10. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 27, 2009 10:23 am

    Great review. Looks like just the right thing for summer!

  11. May 27, 2009 10:32 am

    I really enjoyed this book too. That was a hilarious scene when Peggy woke up. lol.

  12. May 27, 2009 11:10 am

    This one sounds fun – the perfect book when needing something light and fluffy.

  13. May 27, 2009 12:11 pm

    It sounds like this will be a nice light summer read….thanks for the review Kathy!

  14. May 27, 2009 12:26 pm

    This book is being reviewed everywhere this morning and all have said pretty much the same thing.. that it’s an entertaining read but slightly frustrating. As fun as this one sounds, I’ll probably pass. I have such a hard time wrapping my brain around chick-lit. Good review though.

  15. May 27, 2009 1:06 pm

    I think chick lit is fairly predictable, but I love it all the same.

  16. May 27, 2009 2:14 pm

    I wouldn’t have picked this up if it wasn’t for the tour, but I did enjoy it. Fun and light, great for summer. 🙂

  17. May 27, 2009 3:53 pm

    Hard not to want to read this one with its bright green cover. I enjoyed it. Reminded me of a little of something that Sophie Kinsella would write. I especially liked the poetry in Lipton’s book. Added interest.

  18. May 27, 2009 5:10 pm

    Great Review Kathy. I am behind in this one will have to get my post up later tonight.

  19. May 27, 2009 5:15 pm

    This sounds like a fun, light read, perfect for vacation. That’s me at the end of next month!

  20. May 27, 2009 7:37 pm

    I’ll keep an eye out for this one, it looks like a fun read– not necessarily something to go out of my way for, but a good way to distract myself from a hot day :-).

    Thanks for the review.

  21. May 27, 2009 8:47 pm

    Oh, this sounds terrific!

  22. May 27, 2009 10:26 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Good thing I don’t pick books just based on the title … I thought it was about bugs or something!! I’m such a dork sometimes! Great review … I want to read it!

  23. May 28, 2009 12:31 am

    Thanks for your review, Kathy! This book is making the rounds today, isn’t it? It sounds fun.

  24. miriamparker permalink
    May 28, 2009 9:01 am

    Glad you loved this, Kathy!!

  25. May 28, 2009 7:24 pm

    I think it sounds like a fun book. I always love your reviews.

  26. May 28, 2009 11:03 pm

    I’m glad you liked it. This is the one I’m working on, but I’ve had a slow reading week. I’ll get it finished soon!!

  27. May 29, 2009 11:55 pm

    It may be typical chick-lit but it still sounds like a lot of fun!

  28. May 30, 2009 12:28 pm

    I thought this was a light, fun read, too. Definitely predictable, but still fun. I loved the whole WASP culture. Lots of fun.

  29. June 1, 2009 11:28 pm

    I enjoyed this book as well, thanks for the link to my blog!

  30. June 2, 2009 9:23 am

    I agree this was a fun book. The New Ninevah culture was an interesting addition.

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