Spotlight/Review: Fat Girl Begone by DE Haggerty

FatGirlBegone_finalBook title: Fat Girl Begone!

Book Series: standalone

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Published: May 1, 2017

Word count: 70,000

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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A story after my own heart.. Everly was reeling from a broken heart after her boyfriend of five years dumped her. His reason, he couldn’t take Everly’s obsession about her dieting anymore. And so her best friend Blaze came to the rescue. A year of gym membership with a personal trainer (a hottie by the way), checked! Zumba classes with new-found girl friends, checked! A smoothie date with a millionaire, check, check, checked!!

And then she lost her job. And his hottie gym trainer turned out to be a player. What to do, what to do, what to do?

I had a hilarious great time reading this book. Everly is an endearing and quirky character. Although I didn’t really like the way she told Blaze everything that’s been happening to her life, she knew her secrets weren’t safe with her. She’s her best friend, I know that, but I would have loved if she’d keep something to herself. But that’s just me.

And there’s her issue with her weight. She didn’t see her real beauty. All she thought about was losing weight and looking great and showing her jerk of an ex-boyfriend that he made a mistake dumping her. Her insecurities were eating her alive.

But I liked how the story went. Carter, the millionaire was delicious.. I mean, he’s such a gentleman, very patient, very understanding and yes, very loving. He’s the best thing that ever happened to Everly and I loved it!

D.E. Haggerty once again made me laugh out loud and cheered for her characters in the end, to the extent that being privy to some of her insane internal monologue drove me crazy. This has been really an enjoyable read from beginning to end and silly in a fun way.

I’m thinking of doing the same thing Everly did with her diet/workout regime.. Although come to think of it, I don’t know if I could ever live in chia seeds and water and fruits alone. How about my husband’s weekly pizza take-out or my twice a week pancake breakfast with the kiddos? Uh-oh… what to do, what to do?

So okay, I finally decided I don’t need to follow Everly’s strict diet. I’m satisfied with the way I look, with the way I feel, with the way I eat.


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D.E. Haggerty

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin.

A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

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