Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Title: Pursuing the Times
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: TKA Distribution (Aug. 24, 2012)
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary/Chick Lit
My Rating: 3.5 to 4 Stars!

Book Description:
All that popular Chick-Lit author Mercury Lauren wants is to have one of her books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review - just one - and she'll do almost anything to get it. In this contemporary romantic comedy, with a nod toward Pride and Prejudice she crosses swords and hearts with the Editor-in-Chief of the NYTBR in a madcap adventure that takes her from her home in Westport to a yoga retreat to a golf course in Florida. Will she get what she wants and will she finally be happy if she does? Only one thing's for certain: nothing will stop her from Pursuing the Times.

Purchase Links: Amazon/B&N

My Review:

I completely went into this with absolutely no expectations whatsoever. And while I didn't have any expectations, I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did while reading this.

In fact, I don't think I have laughed so much at the main character's antics since reading a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich.

Not only was this filled with humor but (also) surprisingly it had a very Pride and Prejudice feel to it and for all those that know me, I LOVE P&P. It is my all time favorite literary classic novel. So yeah, I was already in love with this book less than half way through it.

Mercury was everything I think a very modern Elizabeth Bennett would be. She was witty and sarcastic and a little nutty. She let her mouth run off without thought of consequence. She was intelligent and good at what she did and yes just like Lizzie, even a little prideful.

Frank was also very classic Mr. Darcy. Somewhat haughty and arrogant and hard to like at first, until you really dug down deep and saw the inner heart of the man and then of course, just like Darcy, you couldn't help but love him.

Nick was a great Billingsly, very faithful, a little awkward and shy and all around nice guy.

This really was a fun, quirky read that I absolutely adored. Very reminiscent of P&P but with a literary twist that any book lover would enjoy.


  1. Well I love P&P and this sounds like such fun. I love when a book makes you giggle.

  2. I believe it or not am not the biggest P&P fan. I like it but am not over the moon over it... I know I know... Doesn't matter, I am always up for a book that will make me laugh so I would certainly read this. Don't you just love it when a book catches you off guard and surprises you?

  3. that actually does kind of surprise me Heidi!

  4. Never heard of this one, adding it to my list looks like a lot of fun! Love a good contemporary/chick-lit :D

  5. This sounds like a book I want to read! I love P&P. Thanks.

  6. I love the quirky personality of Stephanie Plum, so I really like the sound of this one. I haven't read P&P in yeeeaaars, so I wouldn't even be able to make the comparisons. :D

  7. This one made me laugh too! I think the Stephanie Plum comparison is right on!

  8. Huh. I do love it when a book surprises me and i loved Stephanie Plum, at least in those first installments. I never would have guesses that this was just as funny. Sounds great!
    Thank you for the lovely review.

  9. Ooh, laughter + a Pride & Prejudice feel? How can I not read this now? It sounds like I really need to meet Mercury and Frank. I don't have nearly enough LIzzie and Darcy characters in my life. Great review, and thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  10. Love a laugh out loud book! I love Stephanie Plum too although I've only read 3 of those books before. Sophie Kinsella is another great author for laughs.

  11. I haven't heard of this and I probably wouldn't have even looked at it, but after reading you review, it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Thanks!