Tuesday, September 06, 2011

DEFINITELY NOT MR. DARCY by KAREN DOORNEBOS

Winner of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is:
Jenn3128 


To receive your book, please email me your full name and address to stephanieelliot@gmail.com. Thanks, and I loved everyone's answers! Remember, every time you leave a comment for each book, you're all entered to win the grand prize at the end of the giveaway to win the prize package of ALL OF THE BOOKS! So keep coming back to try your luck and find out about great new authors and books! Thanks everyone! Love your comments! There are a ton more books to read about!


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 Am so very excited to announce the FIRST of 25 books being given away in the Fall Fab Book Giveaway, where you can win each book or the Grand Prize of ALL 25 at the end of the promotion! Details can be found in the previous post (or by clicking the link above the book cover)! ...

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy


By Karen Doornebos


Read the First Chapter Here


Author Events HERE

Let’s get this party started Regency style shall we? First on the list of awesome features for the Fall Fab Giveaway I’m beyond thrilled to introduce a debut author and close friend of mine: Karen Doornebos, and her book, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy.

Karen and I met through a friend I connected with at Romance Writers of America and we formed a small critique group. She was in the midst of writing her novel when we met and we spent about a year working and writing together … and here it is, DEBUT TIME!

I am so thrilled for her and her successes!

I’ve told her from the very beginning that I KNOW NOTHING about Jane Austen, that Darcy dude, the charm of hiding in hedges and drinking tea with your pinky up or feigning to be demure and unaware of one’s sexual prowess.

I have no idea what any of that stuff is all about, I never read Pride and Prenup … haha. I know nothing about Regency times except everyone looks a bit uncomfortable in their clothes, and the women have really prominent boobs, they faint quite a bit, and the men gallop on horses a lot.

Yet, when I read Karen's first pages, I knew I would love what she had written! Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is about divorced mother Chloe who goes to England thinking she will be participating in a documentary in the Regency times only to discover she’s actually going to be a contestant on a Regency Reality Show. Chloe must woo the ‘bachelor’ to win the $100,000 prize, which she needs to be able to afford her failing business and keep custody of her daughter.

The premise was attractive because not only is Bachelor Mr. Wrightman a hottie, his younger brother is thrown into the mix and he is a quite gallant chap himself! (ooh, that sounds like such a regal regency phrase, does it not? The book rubbed off on me!)

I loved learning about the quirkiness of the times, like how the women wore their gowns, how they didn’t bathe but once a week, what they used for deodorant, what they DIDN’T use for underwear, how they tied up their busts, what "fanology" was, and the hobbies they participated in. It has all made me very thankful for the comforts of our times!

I loved Karen’s quick-witted writing, and found myself longing to jump back into the book many times. You’ll find that after you read Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, you’ll look around at the men in your life and think, “Seriously, chivalry IS TOTALLY DEAD!”

And on THAT note, in order to be entered to win DEFINITELY NOT MR. DARCY, tell me something kind or sweet that a man (ANY MAN) in your life does or has done for you that’s unusual or unexpected. Here’s a couple from me. My husband ALWAYS kisses me on an escalator. He also always “butters” my toothbrush for me before we go to bed (or if I go to bed first, I do it for him). Also, not to be forgotten, my son, AJ, is fast becoming a chivalrous young man, and I noticed this just today. He ALWAYS holds the door open for me.

So tell me about your chivalrous guy, and remember to use an IDENTIFYING username throughout the whole Fall Fab giveaway so I will know who you are throughout the promotion!

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134 comments:

Deborah R said...

My dad was always up to make coffee for me no matter what time I had to be at work. I loved having coffee ready when I got up!!

Dani In Chicago said...

I don't have a lot of chivalrous men in my life, unfortunately. But it's always nice when they open the door for me, or give up a seat on the bus for me.

Dani

danisilvia223

Liz said...

My husband always gets the babies in the morning (or in the middle of the night, but this is becoming rare, hooray!) and changes their diapers and brings them to me to nurse. I love it!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

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The only men in my life are my father and grandfather. They would do anything for me if I needed them too.

Robin Krzyzak said...

My dad Jack, adopted me when I was 17, after 12 years of trying to get my real father, Bob(aka sperm donor) to allow this.. mind you my Bob hadn't had contact with me since I was 6. I had my dads last name for 6 years before I married, and agonized wether or not to keep my last name.. Dad told me, he had me as a daughter for 20 years, the name wasnt as important as my happiness was..

Margaret said...

My chivalrous man always leads me into a room with his hand on my back and pulls out the seat for me when we go out for dinner. Unfortunately it's not that often anymore...kids...life you know but when it does happen it's nice he hasn't forgotten.

Margaret(singitm)
singitm@hotmail.com

Amy said...

My husband can be chivalrous at times, but not all the time, how much can we expect from men right? LOL

My husband does frequently hold doors for me, makes me dinner and holds the umbrella when it's raining.

amyrbromberg(at)gmail(dot)com

user name is "Amy Bromberg"

Homestead Jen said...

My lovely husband does the dishes. Modern chivalry is not dead!

LizzybethDJ said...

My husband is what I would call the most chivalrous of men but he is romantic. He surprised me on a trip to Germany for the Christmas markets by asking me to marry him. And twice, after stressful times at work (most recently losing my job), he has called me and told me to pack because we had a flight to catch for a surprise weekend away. So I'll take him not always opening the car door for me and keep him around for a while :).

Coleen said...

I work nights and every 3rd weekend so on the weekends that I work, my husband always watches tv on mute while I am sleeping. I have even told him that I am sleeping and can't hear anything while I am sleeping and he still does it anyway. (cata63)

Dolly said...

My son Luke, at about age 14, discovered how much fun it was to buy Mom greeting cards that make her cry (instead of the Beevis & Butthead ones he favored prior to that). Now he is excellent at choosing cards for me, and realizes how much they mean to me.

jcsites2002 at hotmail dot com

Krissy said...

My husband always opens the car door for me.

SharpAtty said...

My husband started changing the cat pans when I was pregnant and continues to do so today, even though our son is 4 years old. True love.

sharpjds at yahoo dot com

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I haven't had a lot of chivalrous men in my life. My husband will pull out a chivalrous moment now and then though. So excited that the giveaways are back!
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EKB said...

It would have to be my dad...he is just so amazing to me (and my mom and sisters) I am 38, married with 2 kids yet when I visit he does little things like fill up my gas tank, buy me a lotto ticket, leave $20 on my dashboard, gives the car a quick wash.... I am so very lucky.

Christine in NJ said...

I LOVE that your chivalrous husband is rubbing off on your son!... My 15 year old surprises me quite often and it is so nice to see - comes naturally to him as he has been watching his father for years. The doors are opened, garbage taken out, gas tank filled, car always washed and yes even the dishwasher unloaded and laundry folded by either of my two "men" on any given day. And my husband always seems to know when I need a glass of wine - it just appears!

Sound like a great book!... Off to read chapter one - THANK YOU!

Christine

Kristen said...

Can we still win even if our men aren't chivalrous??? Fingers crossed. :)

Kristen27

jdstec said...

My husband of nearly 27 years does and has done many chivalrous things, but what comes to mind is that every single morning, he not only goes downstairs and makes the coffee but then brings my cup upstairs to me.

Books & Reviews said...

My husband also "butters" the toothbrush for me. He also opens doors for me and when we go out to a nice dinner and I have to go to powder my nose, he will stand up when I do....He also pulls my seat out for me. :)

Terri said...

I've been blessed with some pretty chivalrous men throughout my life. My ex-husband used to ALWAYS get up with me when I was nursing our babies in the middle of the night. He made the process go faster and kept me awake during. Now that we're divorced, I'm blessed with many chivalrous guy friends who take great care of me. For example, when we go camping, they always make sure to put up my tent for me.

So excited for another month of great giveaways and book recommendations!

Terri M.

Melissa said...

My husband always does the dishes when I cook and every time I swoon!
-tmd636

equinn726 said...

I'm currently in nursing school and no matter how overwhelmed I feel or how cranky I am to him, he always offers words of encouragement to me and to the girls I'm going through this program with. Love him!

Janet Fiorentino said...
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Janet said...

My boyfriend and I have been together for three years and he still opens doors for me. I know this can sound corny but my heart races to this day when we're walking together and he reaches out to take my hand. And at night, no matter how often I don't drink it, he'll still bring me a glass of ice water before bed.

A.C. Morris said...

I love my husband dearly, but the most chivalrous person I know is my dad. He always makes coffee for everyone in the morning and after 30 years of marriage, he still opens every car door for my mom and his two daughters.

Nanette said...

Not sure if these two things are considered "chivalrous" or not but I appreciate how my hubby ALWAYS puts "the seat" down and ALWAYS kills any and all spiders that make their way into the house! :) This book sounds awesome...thanks for the giveaway Manic! Hugs, Nan

your invisible pixie said...

When I went to visit my friends, their roommate Ryan (a guy I had known in college and had definitely had a crush on) carried my suitcase to and from the airport and didn't let me touch it! That included going on two trains and walking six blocks!

MonaLisa said...

My husband does all the chivalrous usual things like holding doors, opening my car door if we go out, offering his seat if there are none for me. The most memorable actually came from one of my brother in laws when I was pregnant the first time. If he was around and my husband wasn't then he would drive me where I needed to go. He once chased my car down and told me to park it that he would take me to where I needed to go.

Anonymous said...

I would have to say something simple like the cooking. My guy knows I don't enjoy it so he does it more often than me. Makes me happy!
RebeccaE

Anonymous said...

Neither of us like to cook. It is always a disaster when I'm in the kitchen. My hubby has decided that he should be the one to experiment and make the meals. That is the best thing a man can do for me.

-Donna W.

Megan said...

When I was younger (and if I was having a bad day) my brother would do everything in his power to make me laugh and smile. It usually involved him looking like a complete fool and dancing like the muppets.
Eloisepeaches

TinaPow said...

My hubby always gets up with me and the baby for midnight feedings even though he can't really do much to help.

ncsuloges said...

My boyfriend always holds me when I cry. He has left important events to go with me to the hospital. He danced with me in the middle of the road late at night. I'm 25 years old and my dad still calls me princess. P.S. Absolutely LOVE all things Darcy related!

Crystal said...

What is this "buttering" you speak of? Also, your husband kissing you on an escalator? AMAZING! I think I'm gonna drop a hint to my fiance! LOL!!

We have a system worked out to where either he cooks and I wash dishes or I cook and he washes dishes. He also very quickly and galiantly smushes any foreign insect inside our apartment, takes out the trash, washes clothes, ALWAYS pumps gas, and more importantly (and this is a new one): I've been out a few times with friends and he still takes it upon himself to go visit my grandparents and ask if they need anything. :) He also does their lawn! Even if I don't win this one...somehow I've already won! ;)

Crystal717

Juliet Farmer said...

i knew my husband was a keeper when, on our first date, he opened the car door for me. he still does, 16+ years later. :)

Bev V said...

My husband likes to think he is responsible for my happiness. If I don't feel well, it's his fault. If I do something stupid, like twisting my ankle, it's his fault. I love him dearly, but sometimes, it just isn't anyone's fault!!

Bev Victoria
shaggy552(at)gmail(dot)com

absolutahnie said...

my boyfriend makes my lunch for me everyday and takes great pains to surprise me with little treats. he
also always kisses me three times, every time whether it's hello, goodbye, goodnight etc. even in front of other people! Love it!

Emma S. said...

My boyfriend doesn't really open doors or cook for me, but he does take out the trash and does most of the dishes.

Melissa said...

My husband brought me a cake at work for my b-day when we were first dating. He always does amazing things like that to surprise me!
Melissa A from CLC

Erin T. said...

My fiance used to send me flowers. All. The. Time. Until I told him he had to quit wasting money on them. (They're expensive people!) I liked them a lot though.

lynnbelo said...

My boyfriend will surprise me with flowers and pack my car for me when I go out of town.

Charlotte said...

My hubby is amazing. He would always wake up before me, even if he could sleep in, and make coffee! He starts the car for me when it is cold. I couldnt be luckier

Denise said...

I'm the complete opposite of a morning person, so I get up as late as possible in the morning. In high school my dad always had a travel mug of coffee and a granola bar waiting for me when I came down 2 minutes before I had to leave. I also had an ex that always held doors for me, bought thoughtful gifts, and when we were walking in the city at night he had a way of shifting which side of me he was on depending on things/people on the sidewalk so that he was always between them and me that always made me feel safe.

Colleen Turner said...

My husband is my chivalrous knight in shining armor (when he wants to be :)). He first told me he loved me by climbing up into a really tall tree to announce it and prove he loved me...he is terrified of heights!
Colleen Turner

Kirsten said...

My hubby never sits down before me, and when we are riding anywhere he will not sit if there is a woman (any woman) standing anywhere. This got annoying in Disney as he kept hopping up every 2 minutes when new people got on. Still, very chivalrous.

Jen Schneider said...

My husband cooks dinner and watches the baby after a full day of work so I can go to the gym.

Jenn3128 said...

My Hubs makes my lunch for me every night so I can sleep in just a few more minutes in the morning. It's a little thing, but I sure do appreciate it!

Casey said...

Ohhh, another give-away. I can't wait. I'm from down south where chivalry is king. Whenever I visit home, my dad always meets me at the door and carries my suitcase down the stairs to my room for me. I'm marrying a midwesterner, and they know some of the finer points of etiquette that us southerners aren't quite as used to - like revolving doors. Did you know that men always precede women in revolving doors (so they can push them for you)? Well my soon-to-be-husband knows that and does it all the time... just one of the many little things he does to look out for me.

Oh, and PS. I love Pride and Prejudice. It is actually a quite funny book.

Amy N Goddard said...

My husband still opens doors for me, carries things (chairs, bags, ice chests, etc.), and will go on Saturday mornings to get me a soda from 7-11 with crushed ice!

Amy N Goddard

caliblues said...

I moved back home after college & lived with my parents for a while. My stepfather picked a rose & left it on my the window of my mother's car, under the wiper blade, pretty much every day. When I was living there, he did the same for me. So sweet!

CAnative said...

My husband always sets up the coffee for me. Even when I have to be up at 4am for work I have coffee waiting. My son is always good about opening doors for me and women in general. It still shocks me how strangers are surprised when a teen does this for them. It's actually a nice surprise.

Nicole

meg oconnor said...

My husband was the first chivalrous guy I ever met, which is why I married him. Well that and he is good to my cat. :) He still, after 13 years together, brings me flowers often and tells me he loves me before we hang up. His mother trained him well, am trying to teach my son to be like him!

Kelly said...

I just met this guy and he offered me his sweatshirt because I was cold even though he was leaving and not sure when he would see me next.

Kristin said...

My husband has his chivalrous moments, but the one thing I really appreciate is that when he walks in the door he immediately takes the kids with him to give me my first few minutes alone and so he can get big welcome home hugs and kisses.

Kimmi said...

When my BF and I were first dating, we were getting into the car at a Lowe's parking, in the middle of an incredibly windy, rainy storm. Instead of running for his side of the car, he opened my door for me and then helped a woman at a neighboring car, who was having trouble negotiating her purchases. By the time he made into the dry car, he was drenched. And I was smitten.

Karen Doornebos said...

Hello everyone! Fabulous post, Manic Mommy! You always know how to make me laugh...and next thing you know you'll be watching the 1995 film version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Colin Firth over and over and over...

I'm so touched by all these women with chivalrous men in their lives...and by those women who will SOON have a chivalrous man in their lives!

Don't forget to visit CHICK LIT CENTRAL today too for double the fun!!

I'll be back soon with some more thoughts on chivalrous men...

annette said...
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cindy r said...

I am blessed to say I have one man in my life who I KNOW is there for me no matter what. He's proven it over and over again, and what's that cliche? Actions speak louder than words, so I have no reason to doubt him now or in the future. CindyinMiami writeoncindy@yahoo.com

annette said...

User name: mamakraft
My husband always knows the right moment to be chivalrous ... when I need it most. He sends me little notes and cards to cheer me up when I am down.
And he is a great Daddy, always taking over the care of the girls when I am out for the count.

Melissa said...

My husband will surprise me with some of my favorite things every now and then, like Starbucks in the morning or flowers from the Farmer's Market. Melissa Rem

kimmy25 said...

My husband is the most chivalrous man I know. Even after 7 years he still opens my door on "date night."

karen Doornebos said...

I love all these stories of chivalrous men, whether they are our fathers, husbands, boyfriends or sons! Men who put the toothpaste on their wives' toothbrushes! Sons who buy their moms cards. Men who bring their women a glass of wine...at just the right time!

I think chivalry, romance, and maybe even Regency manners are still alive after all...

buttah said...

Hubs always kisses me goodbye in the morning before he leaves for work, and has been teaching our little man to be polite and courteous!!

Neckmeat said...

Hooray for the Fall Fab Book Giveaway!!! :)
My most chivalrous man is my boyfriend. He's always opening my door for me. He defends me & my sometimes stubborn opinion to others. I love him & am so happy to have him in my life! :) Neckmeat

Leah B said...

My husband gets up with our 6 month old baby in the mornings. Right now it is the nicest thing he could do. Love him!!

Mama Taz said...

Chivalrous men--oh ya the thing you see in the movies--LOL --actually it has been a long time since I have received any from of chivalry, however my darling son is bringing my faith back--all 52 pounds of him tried carrying the 42 pound bag of kitty litter for me--because "men are suppose to carry the heavy stuff":)

michelle m! said...

Sunday morning breakfast in bed...

Ally said...

My husband is so amazing when I'm pregnant. He totally picks up all my slack.

Ally N

DaphneSFL said...

My husband picks me up from work a lot, and, if it's raining and I've forgotten my umbrella, he will come up to my office door with one, and escort me to the car. This is why I love him :)

The Poty's said...

I would have to say the most recent thing is my husband taking over bath duty of our girls. Since they have both started school this year and I have to get going earlier in the morning than I have in the past he now bathes them at night, gets jammies on them, reads them a book, gets them in bed, and then comes to get me to say goodnight to them.

He's also one of the guy friends Terri is refering to that puts up her tent when we go camping. I couldn't ask for a better man!

faithspage said...

The boyfriend usually makes breakfast on the weekend (so I can sleep in) and 98% of the time holds the door open

kyfaithw at aol dot com

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

KAREN, I MIGHT EVEN READ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!!! WOULDN'T THAT BE A SHOCKER!!!! I AM LOVING ALL THESE STORIES ABOUT SO MANY GREAT MEN! MaNiC

karen Doornebos said...

Manic,
I hope you read P&P! Or, like I said, get the 1995 film version from your library!

These stories about all these men should be published! It's inspiring and gives us hope...!

Laura Kay said...

My husband doesn't normally do the opening of the car door, something I love and think is very sweet. I once mentioned it in passing. Now he still doesn't do it day to day as we load all the kids, but whenever we go anywhere alone he makes sure to open my car door everytime and I love it :D

Laura Kay
A Novel Review

Kirsten said...

my hubby always, always holds the door open for me. And always gives me a kiss when he walks in the door ... awwww

Tiffany Drew said...

My husband does a million things for me, but he always cooks me dinner. Even after working a 15 hours shift, the first thing he asks when he gets home is if I want something to eat :)

jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

Lorena Bathey said...

My busband (more than a boyfriend, more like a husband) wrote me a song for our first valentine's day together! I still read it every week.
Every day he tells me I mean the world to him...there is just a multitude of things he does...and I waited a long time to meet him!
Romance is NEVER overated!

keltban said...

My husband always does the dishes. He would rather do them than me. Not complaining!!

And he always walks the dog first thing in the morning..let's me sleep in!!

Anonymous said...

My brother-in-law will come help me no matter where I am or what time it is. Since I don't have a man in my life It's good to have a great brother-in-law.
Animallover75

Anonymous said...

A long, long time ago in a place far, far away, my boyfriend used to massage my feet every evening while we were watching TV. I loved that and I still wish I had a special someone in my life to do that for me. Today my boss will bring me two pieces of chocolate in the afternoon, and that completely makes me happy for the rest of the day! - CChristyW

Kristi said...

My husband gives me book gift cards pretty much on a monthly basis, just because. He also gives lots of back rubs and cleans the bathroom. I'm keeping him.

Kristi Marie W.

Erin G said...

My husband has his chivalrous moments... he'll bring me a butter bear latte when I've had a long day with the kids, and he also does the dishes and the bath/bed routine with the kids so I can have a moment to myself.

Joani 15 said...

My husband has made the coffee for 31 years, but best of all when we walk our 2 dogs 2 times a day every day he is the one who "scoops"!

Anonymous said...

My hubby always has my coffee made for me before I get up in the morning. My 6 year old son always runs in to help me unpack the groceries and thanks me for everything ( from Brussels sprouts to pop tarts) that I bought!

Colbey J

Carly said...

My husband always gives me the good piece.
The chicken that got less burned on the grill. The slightly larger piece of cake. The apple without the bruise.
It's sweet.

Carly H

karen Doornebos said...

Wow, from back rubs, to men who scoop the dog's poop, I'm convinced that chivalry is not dead!

Twins + 1 said...

My husband gives great foot massages when I've had a long day!

Amanda Leigh said...

My male roommate actually unloaded the dishwasher twice this week. He also took out the trash. Two things I hate doing!

- Amanda Leigh

Joelle said...

My husband and dad would be my chivalrous guy. My dad is always there to help me with projects (starting my garden, always teaching me) to my husband helping around the house without my nagging him (anymore). lol...I am truly blessed to have them in my life.

Kristi said...

My husband washes his car every weekend (he's a little obsessive about it). But after he's done washing and waxing he always does mine too. This may not sound like much BUT my car is about twice the size of his (my 4Runner vs his Mini Cooper). Yes, I think I'll keep him!

Kristi Hooke

TaraUB said...

the Husband generally opens all doors for me. TaraUB in IN

fourkidsmom4 said...

My husband isn't very chivalrus, but he is the cook and housekeeper. :)

fourkidsmom4@gmail.com
Brenda Bargenquast

Mooshie2009 said...

Well my boyfriend doesnt do anything chivalrous so I think just out of pity I should win a book! LOL :]

Amy R. said...

My guy definitely walks the dogs more often than I do. Hey.. it's the little things that count! lol

BrendaL71 said...

The only man in my life right now is my dad and that is only when he visits from FL but my dad will do anything to make my life as a single mom easier for me but always making me dinner. Got to love a man that cooks.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I always go to bed before my fiance (yes he has proposed since the last giveaway!), and every night he comes in and spends 5-10 minutes with me before wishing me good night. I love it becuase no matter how busy he is, or how late he goes to bed I get to spend some time with him!

kathygold9778 said...

Just the other night when my 2 year old was driving me up the wall my 8 year old son said, "mom...I got her for the rest of the night. Why don'g you go ahead and lay down." Of course, I couldn't let him do that but his sweetness practically brought me to tears and gave me the fortitude to survive until bedtime w/ the 2 year old.

kathygold9778

Anonymous said...

My husband, took our 3 year shopping for my birthday... @ the 99 cent store. I ended up with some interesting gifts, but the thought was the sweetest.

~Nattygirrl

Lizett34@yahoo.com said...

I think the most chivalrous thing a man can do is to just be a gentlemen. The simple things like opening doors, pulling chairs out and carrying the bags are some examples.

Trish Ryan said...

My husband handles the yucky things: garbage, gross food floating in the sink (freaks me out), insects that make their way inside. He's heroic :)

BTW, this book looks SO fun!!!

Natalie M. in VA said...

Seemingly untraditionally chivalrous, but my hubby lets me put my always cold feet (even in summer!) on his always warm legs, when we go to bed at night. Eventhough he hates feet. :)

Julia said...

In addition to many of the expected things (opening doors, pulling out chairs for me at restaurants), my husband does something that had never occurred to me before meeting him, but that is so thoughtful--whenever we're walking on a sidewalk, he will walk on the outside, closest to the street, to protect me from any danger that might arise from the road (cars, bikes, etc.). In this, and many other ways, he makes me feel very safe.
julia_maranan at hotmail dot com

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Lindsay Elizabeth, congrats on getting engaged! And Natty, did you have that baby yet!!!!??? I LOVE all these great answers from everyone! The men sound so sweet! ANd also, Kathygold, what a DARLING son to want to help out with your two year old! How adorable!!!! I love seeing you all back here again!! MaNiC

CLH said...

I have many chivalrous men in my life! My husband is my #1, he of course takes care of me with everything I need! Sometimes what I need is a motivational kick in the a$$ or a saucy text in the middle of the day, and sometimes its just his proximity. No matter what I need, he's there. Someone once said, and I don't know who, that the absolute BEST thing a father can ever do in his life for his children is to love their mother. My dad is the essence of a provider and protector, and always knowing how much and how deeply he loves my mom provided a secure and stable childhood for myself and my brother. What better gift can a guy give than the bond of loved family?

and BTW.... .PICK ME PICK ME!!!!!!

Pick ME!!!!!

StereoQueenBee said...

My boyfriend is the best man I know (aside from my very brave, beating cancer Dad)

He has been there for me through everything, he cooks, he cleans, he is a sweetheart. Holds me when I cry, never lets me pay for anything. I am the luckiest girl in the world!

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Karie said...

My husband always opens the car door for me, even when I am driving (which is most of the time). I even shared this in my wedding vows. :-)

Krystal said...

I have a week old daughter and a 3 year old son that I stay at home with. My husband will get up and stay up with the baby when she's fussy in the middle of the night, and do whatever he can to try and calm her before waking me. Such a sweet gesture especially since he has to get up and go to work in the morning.

kndyer

Carie Casey said...

When my husband works nights, he'll make coffee for me in the morning and sometimes he'll even start making the kids breakfast so I can sleep just a few more minutes.

karen Doornebos said...

My husband cooks dinner for us quite a bit--especially lately! Even though that isn't very "chivalrous," it's much appreciated! He's a great cook!

It's interesting to see there are so many men still holding doors open for women...!

Amy said...

My husband gets my coffee every morning and cooks my dinner almost every night. He likes to do the laundry for me, too!

Aimala

EBrowning said...

My Dad is pretty good about taking my car in for repairs when it needs them. He thinks that because I'm a single girl the mechanics will try to con me into more repairs than I need. He doesn't really know any more about cars than I do, but it's still sweet that he does it! :)

Nancye said...

My husband is the most chivalrous person I know. He takes care of me when I am sick and brings me everthing I need. He is amazing!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

ludy2288 said...

My boyfriend always opens doors for me and gives me a kiss first thing in the morning and last thing before bed.

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Ronit said...

I am training my sons to be chivalrous men. They hold doors and say things like, "After you." They make me proud!

Hally said...

My husband is the most MANLY man, but after our little kidlets are born, he loves taking the nightshift. All the diaper changes (CLOTH TOO!) midnight feedings, and hallway pacing. That's him.

But I have to say that my dad still takes my stepmom on breakfast dates.

Thanks for the giveaway Manic!
~Hally Hoots

Susan said...

Not a whole lot of chivalry going on in my house. It's mainly a house full of gross male sounds (husband and 2 teenage sons) but once in awhile my husband will surprise me and the kitchen will be all clean when I get home. ahhhhhhh

andrea schiffner said...

This book sounds like another winner! I wish I had a mr darcy in my life. Wouldn't that be nice

Leslie said...

My 14yo always holds the doors at stores (even if there are a ton of people and he gets stuck)and my 10yo does not get on the school bus until all the girls board first...makes a Mom proud. LeslieCG

krstrpp said...

My guy always leaves the last brownie in the pan for me. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Jeffie T said...

Opening doors and taking care of the car maintence - I hate taking my car to the mechanic.

Mrs. Sweet Life said...

When I had to be to work before my hubby, he would iron my clothes, get our son dressed for school, make my breakfast, lunch, and coffee. All I had to do was take a shower and get dressed. Even now that inleave after him, he still irons for me in the mornings.

Anonymous said...

My dad - he had 7 daughters, a wife and his mother-in law and he always cleaned the bathrooms!! He also showed us all what a good man was in hopes that we would marry one. I did!! Patcole

IandSsmom said...

The day my mom died my dad dropped everything and came and spent the day with me. We hadn't been very close before that and I think it was really wonderful of him. He also brought my Grandma out to visit me a few days later. He has been constant and really great ever since. :)
shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

Jencey said...

I don't have a guy in my life at this moment. I only Dream Of Mr. Right.

Writer's Corner
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Lilianarenee said...

My boyfriend always insists on pumping gas for me. He always walks on the outside of the sidewalk towards the street. And going up or down an escalator he will place himself either ahead or behind me incase I should fall.

Bernadette7 said...

Happy to report I've never had to change a tire...even though I know how :)

Emily said...

When I moved into a new apartment, I had hung curtains but kept thinking they would look much better held back instead of just hanging over the window. I came home from work one day, and all of my curtains had been tied back with ribbon and fastened with a little hook - my dad had gone to the store, bought ribbon (different colors to match each room) and tied all the curtains in the apartment back.



Emily116

Katie said...

Last night I was on the phone with cousin whose dad is dying in the hospital and we were both crying. My husband just pulled me close to him and let me cry as we talked on the phone. This is just one of the many nice and wonderful things my husband does for me.

Katie-of big 3-0 shape-up.

Philadelphia said...

One of the sweetest things a guy has done for me is remembering important dates for me, not my birthday or national holiday's but the small ones like the first day back teaching, a big test, etc. Aknowledging those specials days is always really nice.

Philly25

Jezebel's Mama said...

One spring day during college, as my classmates and I left the lecture I was serenaded by my boyfriend with his friends as backup. It made me feel very set apart and special although I wasn't over the moon about the boy!!

Lauren Louise said...

I love musicals. My guy is perfect because he always tags along without ever uttering one word of complaint. He's not really a fan of this kind of thing, but he knows I love it and he's always a good sport.

BethC said...

My husband tries really hard...but falls a little short in the chivalrous category...but he is a great man despite that shortcoming and I love him very much!

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