ISBN: 0-7582-1539-8

Kensington Books

320 pages, Paperback

Accidentally Engaged is Mary Carter’s second adventure into the literary world and a fine effort it is, I suspect that this author will go far.

The unlikely and sometimes unwilling star in of this madcap romp is Clair Ivars, a Tarot card reader and psychic. Unfortunately for Clair her abilities seem to work best for other people’s problems rather than her own. She stumbles in blissful ignorance from one terrible disaster to the next even worse one.

Much of the action in the book occurs in a country mansion, the Heron Estates. Heron Estates is the home of an incredible cast of eccentric players, some are members of the Heron family, and some not. Elizabeth is the dotty grandmother who has not left her room in two years, Madeline is the mother ruling with an iron hand to keep the family together, there is handsome Jack the entrepreneurial son, Anderson the butler who seems to know too much, and the mysterious Mike Wrench, to name but a few.

Clair arrives at the Heron Estates to return an engagement ring. The bride to be, Rachael had decided to back out of the upcoming marriage because of a bad Tarot card reading, Clair being Clair, finds her role of unfortunate messenger of bad news transferred into reluctant stand in for the big engagement party.

All is not as it seems at Heron Estates, Jack is trying to promote a new Vodka, and the engagement party is really just an opportunity to entice financial backers, and an engagement party requires a bride to be.

This book is the literary version of those fabulous British farces from the 60’s and 70’s. I would love to see a producer pick this book up and turn it into a TV or Movie project. I know that the end result would be a wonderfully funny piece of work.

Mary Carter does a great job of tying up all the loose ends at the end of the book, all becomes clear, and although I will not spoil the end, I will say that I put the book down and just laughed.

One of the features that I really enjoyed was how Mary Carter has titled each chapter. It is a horoscope, and some of them are so funny that you are compelled to read more to see the significance.

If you are looking for a fun read, something that is light and easy, read this book!

Accidentally Engaged goes on sale Febuary/27 2007, you can order your copy through Amazon.

This review originaly created for

Simon Barrett


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