Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Tour - Wedlocked

Author: Bonnie Trachtenberg
Publisher: iUniverse (June 2011)

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she’s just pledged to love for the rest of her life.

Before Craig, Rebecca, a talented Long Island girl, dreamed of following in her grandmother’s footsteps with an acting career. Unfortunately, she was cut down to size by years of disappointment, and by her first love—a Hollywood director. She returned to Long Island a lost and broken woman, and ended up in the last place she ever wanted: her old bedroom at her parents’ house.

But Rebecca’s mother, an overzealous convert to Judaism, has a long held dream too: marry off her three daughters to Jewish men. So no one is more thrilled than her when Rebecca meets and marries bon vivant Craig Jacobs, the man who has won over the whole family. Too bad they’re all about to discover that underneath his charismatic shell, this Prince Charming is anything but!

Wedlocked is an amusing and heart warming story about life, family and second chances.  Rebecca Ross realizes on her wedding day that she has made a horrible mistake.  But to please her mother, she decides to stick it out and go on her honeymoon. The story then goes back in time as she reflects on her life to figure out how she arrived at this point.  Her honeymoon turns out to be a disaster, yet it only reinforces her mistake.  Will she ever get her happy ending?

I really liked Rebecca.  Her character was very real to me.  She isn't perfect and makes many mistakes in her life.  Yet, she is willing to own up to those mistakes and try again.  She also learns that with support and love from friends and family, her life can get better.  I also loved Michael. He was really sweet and I just loved the interactions he has with Rebecca.  I would have liked to see more development of the relationship between Michael and Rebecca.  I though that the jump into the epilogue was too fast and left me wanting more.

Ms. Trachtenberg has written a great debut novel.  I definitely recommend it.  It grabbed my attention right form the beginning.  It also had some great laugh out loud moments.  I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.


About the Author:

Bonnie Trachtenberg graduated from New York University with a major in Film and Television Production. She promptly found a job on a B movie you never heard of. Four days later she retired from her film career after working the craft service truck and throwing her back out while attempting to lift a man-sized coffee urn.

Realizing she was meant to be a writer, Bonnie worked 4,749 crappy jobs (give or take) on two coasts before being published in a national magazine. Her writing career then took her from the health and fitness field to the entertainment industry to journalism and public relations before she landed her dream job as Senior Staff Writer/Copy Chief at Book-of-the-Month Club. There, she wrote hundreds of book reviews and hobnobbed with the literati. At this time, she also began work on her first novel.

Five years later, Bonnie was laid off along with 500 of her colleagues after a corporate takeover. She did not despair, but instead took it as a sign from the heavens that it was time to finally finish her freaking book already. She did. Her debut novel, Wedlocked, was released this June. A second is in the works.
Bonnie lives on Long Island with her husband Mitchell Silbowitz. The two were high school friends who met up again in 2003, renewed their friendship and then fell in love. She has three stepchildren and four irresistibly cute cats.

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