Aug 6, 2014

Better Than Your Dreams by Dee Ernst & Giveaway

In this follow-up to Better Off Without Him, Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s back, and needs to answer a very serious question – will she marry Ben?

Mona doesn’t think she ever wants to get married again – not even to someone as practically perfect as Ben Cutler. But before she can think about her own marriage plans, she’s got a few other weddings to deal with. Aunt Lily, at seventy-eight, has finally met her match in Vinnie DeMatriano, who just happens to be the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss. True, they’ve only known each other three months, but they want to tie the knot - in Mona’s back yard. Then Miranda, Mona’s oldest daughter, announces that she’s ready to get married after a three-month-long courtship of her own – to Ben’s son, David.

Ben believes in love at first sight, and is thrilled for Miranda and David. Mona doesn’t want her daughter to marry anyone after such a short time. As they find themselves at odds for the very first time, Ben thinks they should step back and take some time away from each other. Mona is still unwilling to commit fully to Ben, and can only stand by as Carmella Ciavaglia, Vinnie’s wedding-planner daughter, circles Ben like a great white shark. Will Mona finally get her Happily Ever After? Or has she learned her hardest lesson just a little too late? 

 Mona has spent a year and a half in LA working on a script. When she's finally back home she looks forward to spending more time with Ben, who is the man of her dreams. They've been together for four years and Ben would love to take the next step, so he's asking Mona to marry him. Mona's ex husband broke her heart and she isn't looking forward to another marriage. Then Mona's aunt Lily announces that she's getting married to Vinnie, who's a member of a notorious crime family. It's something Mona has to get used to, but she's happy for her. After that Mona's oldest daughter Miranda tells her mother that she's engaged to Ben's son David. Mona doesn't really agree with it and she tries to convince her daughter to think about her decision. Ben can't be happier with the situation. For the first time in four years they have a disagreement and one that is so big that Ben decides they need a break from each other. Unfortunately someone else would love to get her perfectly manicured claws into Ben as well. Vinnie's daughter, who is the wedding planner for both weddings, is serious competition. Will Mona change her mind about the meaning of marriage so she can win back the love of her life? And is there still hope for her and Ben?
Mona is a writer, she's in her forties and she writes romance novels. I liked the irony of that, an author who doesn't believe in her own happy ever afters. It was great to read a love story about a woman whose kids have all moved out already. The overall feelings of this book are hope and sadness and Dee Ernst has written her story so brilliantly that I could feel what Mona was feeling. I needed a lot of tissues. I love it when an author can write about something that well. I immediately liked Mona and her big family. Every member was interesting and had a wonderful role in the book. I also liked the eccentricity of most of the characters, it made all of them strong individuals. I understood Mona's hurt and the process she needed to go through to come to terms with her past. It was a great journey to read about. I think Better Than Your Dreams is a great novel and am so happy that I had a chance to read it.

I was lucky and received a copy of this book via Netgalley. Fortunately Dee Ernst will make some of my readers happy as well, because she's so kind to give away 3 ebooks and one paperback. 


  1. Marriages that last are great. Weddings a lot of money think would like my two to keep it small

  2. I love to view wedding stuff. But I think some people go way overboard. If you don't have a huge budget,why wouldn't you put the chunk of money towards something lasting like a home. But if you have it, def spend it on the most lavish do you can afford. Marriage is essential I think everyone should have a proper best friend to spend their years with! We all need companionship and marriage it's essential to committing to one another.

  3. For some reason the link to her FB page wouldn't come up for me to like. So maybe send it to me on FB and I'll come back and enter that part!

  4. I think marriage/wedding is not necessary, If 2 people are in love and committed, a wedding does not matter.

  5. I think people should get married when they love one another, but the wedding should be low key, sometimes they are so overboard!


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