Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters

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by Cynthia Ellingsen
     
 

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In this “funny, touching, and heartwarmingly romantic” (JULIE JAMES) novel, a bride-to-be contends with wedding plans, work pressures, and second thoughts…. For fans of Emily Giffin and Julie James.
On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger.  Sharing the news about the

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In this “funny, touching, and heartwarmingly romantic” (JULIE JAMES) novel, a bride-to-be contends with wedding plans, work pressures, and second thoughts…. For fans of Emily Giffin and Julie James.
On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger.  Sharing the news about the engagement is easy, except with her best friend, Ben. Their relationship has always been platonic and he has stood by her through thick and thin…so what's his problem with the new man in her life?
As she gets caught up in the whirlwind of planning a five-star wedding, she can’t stop the nagging feeling that something isn't quite right. And Ben, the one person she wants by her side, is suddenly MIA… The guests are invited, the gifts wrapped, the flowers ordered, and her bridal gown fits like a dream.  The only thing left is a walk down the aisle.  Backing out now would be the biggest mistake of her life, right?  Unless the biggest mistake would actually be saying, “I do”…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ellingsen (The Whole Package) offers a delightful, romantic tale of three generations of women all seeking love and affirmation, following a joint bouquet-catch at a family wedding. Psychology grad student Chloe’s hectic schedule of classes, internship, and work doesn’t allow her time to date or even to hang out much with her best friend, Ben. When a high-profile psychologist she admires asks her on a date, she is suddenly out of her comfort zone. Meanwhile, her mother, Kristine, feels disconnected from Chloe’s father, whose work travel takes him away from home more and more frequently. Kristine’s mother, June, feels the need to butt into Chloe and Kristine’s love lives, but she could use some wisdom herself regarding her next-door neighbor and gardening nemesis, handsome widower Charley. After a flurry of proposals, three simultaneous weddings are planned, but who will walk down the aisle? Actually, the outcomes are never in doubt, but readers will enjoy the comical wedding-planning journey and relate to characters who talk like actual people and deal with realistic relationship ups and downs. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Apr.)
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Praise for MARRIAGE MATTERS:
“A gem!  Funny, touching, and heartwarmingly romantic.”—Julie James, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding
“A delightful, romantic tale....Readers will enjoy the comical wedding-planning journey and relate to characters who talk like actual people and deal with realistic relationship ups and downs.”—Publishers Weekly
“Ellingsen creates dynamic characters who are lovable, resilient, compassionate, and embroiled in a whole lot of family drama that readers will find themselves completely wrapped up in.”—Booklist
“At times, this novel is so overwhelmingly romantic that it will bring genuine tears to readers’ eyes, while numerous other parts will have them chuckling out loud. . . .Readers will enjoy every minute of their time with this very memorable and sweet novel.”—Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101618325
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,103,051
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for MARRIAGE MATTERS:
“A gem!  Funny, touching, and heartwarmingly romantic.”—Julie James, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding
“A delightful, romantic tale....Readers will enjoy the comical wedding-planning journey and relate to characters who talk like actual people and deal with realistic relationship ups and downs.”—Publishers Weekly
“Ellingsen creates dynamic characters who are lovable, resilient, compassionate, and embroiled in a whole lot of family drama that readers will find themselves completely wrapped up in.”—Booklist
“At times, this novel is so overwhelmingly romantic that it will bring genuine tears to readers’ eyes, while numerous other parts will have them chuckling out loud. . . .Readers will enjoy every minute of their time with this very memorable and sweet novel.”—Romantic Times

Meet the Author

Cynthia Ellingsen is an author and screenwriter.

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Marriage Matters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Gwendollhouse More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with quirky ladies in this summer novel quite easily. I giggled constantly, but also let out a couple of gasps. Marriage Matters has those characters that you fight for.... right when you think you've figured out your new friends' fates, author Cynthia Ellingsen adds a twist. This novel is the perfect quick and easy summer vacay read... get started!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little predictable. But good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and most importantly liked the characters. I cared about what happened to them and about the decisions that they made. Not having a lot of time to get together with girlfriends these days (because of my young children) I appreciated the mother/daughter/grandmother girl-gatherings and lived through the fun that they were having. Thanks for a fun and heartfelt read!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Crystal B Book provided by: publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book The first thing about Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen that caught my eye was the cover. It’s a very striking cover. After I read more I just could not wait to read this book. I love books about weddings. There is just something about a wedding that makes you feel happy. I really liked the characters in this book and felt instantly bonded to them. Chloe is a busy girl with a LOT going on in her life. She has a hectic schedule with school and working part time. She doesn’t really have a lot of time for love. She unexpectedly meets a very nice man with a young daughter. Chloe find herself trying to make time for her new love and his daughter. She becomes engaged much to the dismay of her best friend Ben. I loved Chloe she is one determined young woman that knows what she wants out of her professional life and she is going after it. She just isn’t quite sure what she wants in her love life. She has some though choices to make for what is right for her. I enjoyed Chloe’s story of discovering a love that has always been there, she just didn’t see it. Kristine is a married women that isn’t exactly happy with her marriage. Things just aren’t going well for her. She is busy running her business and missing her husband whom is gone a LOT. I liked how this part of the story shows how marriage still needs work after even after being together many years. I really enjoyed Kristine and Kevin’s story, Watching them over come the problems they have in their marriage and build on their love. These two have loved each other for years and still love each other even more then when they were married. What a wonderful love story. Then there is June. Oh how I loved June! She is one spunky Grandma that ever so gently (well sometimes not so gently) leads her family in the right direction. I found June to be so much fun! She finds the second love her life in a very unlikely man that she has had an on going battle of mischief with. I adored June and Charley’s story. These two are so adorable! I could not help myself from giggling during parts of their story. I really, really enjoyed this book. There is humor, drama, and love. I would really enjoy reading more more by Cynthia Ellingsen. I enjoyed her style of writing and the flow she has of telling us a great story.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Chloe, Kristine, and June are all planning weddings.  Well, all planning a wedding for three, they are grandma, mom, and granddaughter and are all getting married in one sensational ceremony. Chloe and Ben have been best friends for almost their whole lives.  When Chloe gets engaged to Geoff with a G she is terrified to tell Ben, her best friend. Married for 25 years, Kristine and Kevin are renewing their vows.  Since Kevin’s job has him traveling more than he is home, their marriage is struggling.  A trip that she goes on with an employee to Rome makes her wonder if her marriage is worth saving. June is a meddling grandma and mom.  She takes charge of planning this family wedding after her neighbor Charlie proposes.  The rest of the family is struggling to keep her under control. As I started reading Marriage Matters, I knew I would love this romantic comedy.  I found myself putting faces to the characters and making them real people and making them my friends.  I also loved that it was writing in a place I am very familiar with, Chicago.  Living right outside the city I could relate to the weather, the closeness of neighbors, the cabbies, and the location. As the wedding plans were made I could see exactly where each character was heading and was really looking forward to seeing how they got there.  I was surprised that such a light read could have so much depth in the relationship and romance.  I highly recommend this novel.
monkeygirl09 More than 1 year ago
loved this. could not put it down (actually finished in one sitting!). and i will admit, i got a little teary at the end! love me a happy ending :o)
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Marriage Matters: A Novel. Cynthia Ellingsen. Penguin Group (USA). April 2013. 496 pp. pbk. ISBN #: 9780425258002. June, Kristine and Chloe are three generations of a feisty family who know what they want, at least up to this point.  Each of their lives is about to be overturned, forcing new decisions that are more carefully arrived at and threatening to totally divide them or unite them more deeply than ever before!  What a journey! June is a great gardener, that is until her neighbor Charley puts up a glaring gazebo that starts a huge fight between the two neighbors. Add to that all June’s female friends think Charlie is “hot.”  How will their growing animosity develop or at least how could a neighborly compromise emerge?  Where will it go?  Kristine and Kevin have been married a long time and now Kristine is wondering if the best of their life together has passed forever.  Kevin travels constantly and is exhausted and depleted when home. After winning a trip with one of her employees, she realizes that her marriage is on the rocks.  Will Kristine call it quits and what should she do or not do?  This part of the story undergoes several surprising twists and turns that make the reader flip those pages furiously to see what happens next. Chloe is just too busy to think about romance.  She’s working on an art therapy degree and is just about to blow it when a run-in with a very rude professor turns into something else.  Is this really it? Or not?  Is she destined to remain single or is the love of her life closer than she can see? Various stages of romance and lack of same swing back and forth in the always fascinating pages of this funny, frustrating and tender story.  Cynthia Ellingsen knows what lurks within the hearts and minds of every woman and the men who all too often don’t have a clue.  Marriage Matters: A Novel leaves the reader questioning, reading, laughing and loving it all – nicely done, Cynthia Ellingsen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Ellingsen's forte lies in describing close connections between women. In this book she portrays three generations of a family with warmth, realism, and a lot of laughs.  Chloe is a young woman in grad school with no time for men, except for her "best friend" living next door. Her mother, Kristine, throws herself into running a travel bookstore, to compensate for the fact that her husband is always on the road for work.  And June, my favorite, is the commanding matriarch who hold the three generations together with boundless energy and a twinkle in her eye.  She is battling her widower neighbor over the garden fence, resorting to rhodendendron-eating rabbits and full camoflage in her all-out war.  She makes your want to join the family, or at least be invited to their parties.  Cynthia also describes the men in this trio's lives with compassion and a bit of spice. I especially appreciated seeing the details of the character's working lives and how they balance their ambitions with their relationships.  The prose flows easily (I read the 480 pages in just two days!)  The shifts in perspective between the three characters give you insight into all three generations perspective. While June was my favorite character, I identified most with Kristine and Kevin's struggle to  recommit to their marriage after 25 years, showing the heart of why "marriage matters".   The scenes in Italy were a mini vacation, and the cake tasting a feast for the senses, until it turns into an eating contest between Chloe  and June for who will control the bachelorette party planning.  Believe me, the better planner wins...that party is one of the funniest scenes in the book.  I recommend it for a great beach read, mother's day present or bridesmaid gift.  A sure sign of a good book, I am missing the characters  already. Although it seems to be categorized as Romantic Fiction, I think the complexity of the relationships place it more in a contemporary fiction category.  Favorite quote, when Kristine returns to Venice: "The air was think and humid, tinged with salt and something else sharp but subtle. The inside of an empty crab leg, the vague hint of brine, the wet rust of metal...It sparked something in her, A tiny piece of history,  a moment."