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The Engagements
The Engagements: A Novel | J. Courtney Sullivan
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriageabout those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty yearsforty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of lovethe ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of weddingbeach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddingsand has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: A Diamond Is Forever. And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the wayfor better or for worsethese glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.
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cariashley
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t hate this, but I certainly didn‘t love it and found it a bit of a slog to get through. The writing and the characters just didn‘t grab me. It could have been edited down, in my very humble opinion.

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BookBabe
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bodacioustchr
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I loved this story. It tells the stories of different people in different time periods. The common theme is love, marriage, and diamonds. The story tells the details of life with different couples and some of singles that never marry. Highly recommend

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ReadingMeagan
The Engagements: A Novel | J. Courtney Sullivan
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This was a disappointing read for me. I think I was expecting more of a history of diamond rings interspersed with stories of engagements. I don‘t know. The plot that I found the most interesting was how Frances Gerety came up with “a diamond is forever”.

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actualdisneyprincess
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Panpan

I only cared about Jeff and Toby, and they were barely supporting characters. #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan #thankgoditsover

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘ve finally made progress, and the end is in sight, so I might as well power through and finish it. I still can‘t say I‘m enjoying it, though, because three of the four focus characters are awful. #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

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actualdisneyprincess
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Back to this for a little while; I‘m giving it one more chance before I DNF it. #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

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actualdisneyprincess
The Engagements: A Novel | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Still bored, but I‘ve had it so long that I feel compelled to actually read it. #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

Ashley_Nicoletto I love Courtney J Sullivan but this is probably my least favorite of her books. 2y
actualdisneyprincess @Ashley_Nicoletto noted!! I like her style, but I just don‘t care about any of these people?? 😂 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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Does this get better? Because I have to admit, I‘m 50 pages in and don‘t really care about any of these people. 😐 #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

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actualdisneyprincess
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I ran out of dice in Clue Bingo, so I guess it‘s time to crack this open! #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

Reecaspieces I have this....I need to get to it! Let me know how you like it. 2y
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HeatherBlue
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What to do on a snow day when you don‘t know what to read? Let your pen pal pick for you 😉 thank you so much for the book @Born.A.Reader ❤️ I‘m loving it so far!!

ReadingSusan I loved that book! 2y
Born.A.Reader Beautiful pic! I'm glad you're enjoying it! 💕 2y
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LeslieO
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Mamashep
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This month's book club choice had a lot to talk about but we recommend you keep track of names. Audio makes that tough! #bookclubchoices

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LauraBeth
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I enjoyed this book which features a character who wrote the advertising slogan for DeBeers, "A #diamond Is Forever." It also follows the marriages of several couples. It pairs well with "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Neil #Diamond (the Streisand version). ??#lyricalapril

Cinfhen I forgot I wanted to read this novel when it first came out!!!....and I'm enjoying your musical contributions 😍🎵💕 3y
Born.A.Reader I just found this at Dollar Tree! I'm glad you enjoy it -it makes me more eager to read it now! 3y
LauraBeth @Born.A.Reader I need to get to Dollar Tree more! 3y
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LeahBergen This looks like #Bitsy's cradling the book! 😂 3y
LauraBeth @leahbergen She's SO mad in that picture! My next door neighbor spotted a coyote in her backyard yesterday so I kept her inside all day ☹️ 3y
LeahBergen @LauraBeth Yikes! Keep her safe! We have coyotes around here, too, and I'm in the downtown of a city! My friend's cat was killed by one a couple of years ago. ☹️ 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen oh no - that's horrible 😔I saw Bitsy chasing a big flash of red out of our yard a few days ago and I told the husband that it must have been a fox - now I'm wondering if it was that dang coyote🤔 Our backyard is fenced in but my neighbor likes to open the back gate and let Bitsy out so he can play with her - but he forgets to close it. 3y
LeahBergen I read an article that coyotes can be attracted to (and eat) the dog poop in your yard because it's basically just straight kibble. 😮 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 3y
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Weaponxgirl
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So had to do some shopping yesterday and I was surprised to find this gem in poundland of all places along with the blurays. I've been finding poundland have been getting in good books recently and have become a shocking place I now get books from. Past beauties discovered have been Emma donghue, mr fox and stuff long listed for the women's prize. #poundlandscore

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LLindsey
The Engagements: A Novel | J. Courtney Sullivan
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I really enjoyed reading about the messy relationships of the characters. None were perfect, but they all worked for those in them. I was worried the novel wouldn't tie it all together, but it finally did. Interesting characters.

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LLindsey
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I've lived here my whole life and I don't get it either. Maybe I'm secretly a Parisienne...

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

Great character development. I liked that it developed each relationship separately; not the same old love story.

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k8gold
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"Sometimes it just feels like we can't tell what we've given up until it's too late."

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SunnieLibrarian
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So far so good! I'm intrigued by the different stories about marriage. I am especially drawn to the first story centered on a woman in advertising, who came up with "A diamond is forever." Reminds me of Mad Men...