Wednesday, August 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Marrying Up by Wendy Holden

"A brilliantly juicy Cinderella tale."—Heat

Beautiful but broke student Polly and scheming social climber Alexa may have grown up in the same place, but they couldn't be more different. Polly's just fallen for Max, a handsome country vet. But Alexa can't be bothered with love—any guy with a pedigree will do, mind you, as long as he comes with a title, a mansion, and a family tiara.

Alexa wiggles her way into friendship with Florrie, a clueless aristocrat who could support entire countries with her spare change. Suddenly the grandest doors swing open for Alexa, and a new life is so close she can taste it. Polly could care less about Max's money, but his mysterious habit of disappearing scares her. What's he hiding?

Razor sharp in its wit, and as fresh as newlywed royals, Marrying Up reveals how sometimes a rags–to–riches story can rip a girl to shreds—and how sometimes the rewards of love aren't always what you expect.
Let's hear more about MARRYING UP from author Wendy Holden:
Q: What inspires you to write Marrying Up?
A: The most recent Royal Wedding in the UK. I was fascinated with the complicated journey that Kate Middleton made - from sharing a university hall of residence with Prince William all the way to the Westminster Abbey aisle. Of course it all worked out beautifully but there were many moments where it all could have gone wrong and it started me thinking about how an accident-prone social climber would make a wonderful comic character
Q: Who is Polly? What kind of woman is she? What is it about her that appealed to Max?
A: Polly is an archaeologist and passionate about her work. Max likes this about her, as well as her independence, intelligence and of course her beauty. She doesn;t want anything from him, in fact she is rather down on the whole idea of monarchs and people with titles who don't have to work for a living. In short, she is as unlike the social-climbing women who normally pursue him as it is possible to imagine.
Q: What about Max? What kind of person is he? What made Polly fall for him?

A: Max is a no-frills kind of person which is unfortunate as he has to wear a great many decorations as heir to the throne of Sedona. He doesn't want to be a prince though, just a vet. He wants an ordinary life, or at least a life where he controls his own destiny. His parents have other ideas, however! Polly is first attracted to him because not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he is kind, which I think, along with funny, to be the number one important quality in a man.
Q: Please share with us a romantic moment or a romantic thing that Max did for Polly.
A: He takes her for a most wonderful picnic in the countryside, an event which combines wonderful food with fabulous views and, as things hot up romantically, rather more!
There you have it! Sounds like a very romantic story!
Sourcebooks has very kindly offered 3 copies of MARRYING UP to 3 lucky winners! US/Canada only.

Ask the author a question or answer this question in the comment section: What do you think about a woman who marries up or wants to marry up?
Contest Deadline: August 31, 2012, 1159pm EST

Winners selection: September 2012


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*yadkny* said...

I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with a woman wanting to marry up unless it's just for money. That's the thing most people first think of though when a woman does... it must've been for the money, but that might not be true.

This sounds like a good read!

Connie said...

When one uses the term, "marrying up," it can be taken in several ways. I guess there's that question of snobbery where someone who has been raised in a modest home marries someone of wealth. Even if it's true love, there will always be those people who will sniff and say that he or she is marrying up. Of course, there has always been and always will be those cases of people who marry like that for money and status. Sadly, those relationships are rarely happy. So, I guess it's true that money can't buy happiness. But, if one is lucky enough to truly love someone wealthier than they are, then that is truly fabulous!!

Megan Burlingame said...

I don't believe there is necessarily wrong with the idea of marrying up. My mother came from a poor family, both parents were alcoholics and drug attics and she swore she would never live the same way. Looked for a man who didn't live that sort of life, had a job, and was responsible. She went to nursing school while married to him. She also loved him. I believe there is nothing wrong with trying to improve the quality of your life. However, I don't think it's great when someone marries up for only money/prestige/title/etc. It's unkind and can't make you or anyone else very happy in the end.

Sharlene said...

While it is mercenary to be "looking for a rich man", I think it is better to marry someone who can better you. It makes more sense to marry someone who can pull you out of a poor situation. However, you can't control who you fall in love with.

lavendersbluegreen said...

What do you think about a woman who marries up or wants to marry up?

I think it depends on the woman, the marriage, the couple and the man (or partner).

bn100 said...

I don't think anyone should judge who people marry or why.


Anita Yancey said...

What do I think of a woman who marries up or wants to. If she is really poor and is just looking to do a little better in life, I don't see anything wrong with it. But if a women just sets out to marry a rich man she is a gold digger. Thanks for having this giveaway.


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