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A Perfect Proposal [Kindle Edition]

Katie Fforde
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Love, honour – and obey? A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others – but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she's had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.

From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts. English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend – though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.

When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out .But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own – and so Luke has a proposal to make ...

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"A warm and engaging novel" Star, 4 stars "Deliciously readable" Sun "Great holiday reading" Yours "Great fun ... had me hooked to the end" Daily Mail "A funny, fresh and lively read" Heat

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An irresistable novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Love Letters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QXMYU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. Her website address is

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Katie 19 July 2010
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I never wait for Katie's books to come out in paperback and I don't beg for copies from the publisher either, I just order as soon as I see she has a new one coming up as I enjoy them so much. Light and sparkly and written with a deft touch there are no surprises, the reader knows all is going to end happily ever after, but they are such fun and such a pleasure to read.

Sophie Appleby is the non-academic in a family of high achievers who tended to look down their noses at her practical skills, no matter that these skills help keep the family and her cooking and mending saves them from penury as none of them seem to have a proper job, preferring to concentrate on higher things. To teach her ungrateful relatives a lesson and to show that they cannot manage without her, Sophie goes on a visit to a friend in New York. There she meets and befriends Mathilda, a spirited old lady who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, an invitation which does not go down well with her grandson, Luke, who thinks Sophie is on the make. When I tell you that Luke is tall, blonde and gorgeous and that 'his eyes were, in fact a sort of golden colour, with dark rings round the irises', and that he is totally hostile towards Sophie then you will know exactly what is going to happen. And it Does. And I loved it. I do wish Katie would produce two or even three books a year instead of the measly one. Not too much to ask is it........?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Proposal 11 Jun. 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Sophie Apperly is the unintentional black sheep of her family, she isn't an academic like them, and all they seem to do is boss her around, leaving her with little choice but to do as they please. However, after they send her off to look after her Uncle Earl, Sophie realises her family are nothing but greedy money-grabbers so when her best friend Milly invites her to New York, Sophie jumps at the chance. Sophie loves being in New York and her holiday gets even better when she unintentionally befriends a spirited old British lady called Matilda. The only person not happy with Sophie's relationship with Matilda is Luke, Matilda's grandson because he believes Sophie to be nothing more than a chancer trying to get one over on his grandmother. After Sophie is invited to Thanksgiving, though, Luke is forced to concede Sophie will be there and tries to befriend her, but not without first asking Sophie for a favour of his own...

I mentioned in my Love Letters review that Katie appears to have a tried and tested formula that she uses for all of her books; the heroine of the book manages to get herself into a pickle of some sort, usually in the form of having to save something, meets the man she's destined to fall in love with at some point, they don't get along at the start but it all ends up rosy before something inevitably breaks them apart. After all, if it ain't broke, don't fix it and 13 books in I have yet to be bothered about the way in which Katie writes her books, in fact I like the fact they all follow the same format, it's rather comfortable and at least I know what I'm getting from Katie. It might be predictable and some people might not like it but it works for me and as long as Katie keeps writing books, I will keep reading them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not such a perfect read 4 May 2011
By Expat
This is the first of Katie Fforde's books I have read, and I did so because I had read good reviews of her writing in general. I think this must have been the wrong book to start off with.

One expects this sort of book to be formulaic - heroine meets hero, misunderstandings happen, the pair eventually get together. But one also hopes for a strong read along the way. Sadly, this book is just that bit too formulaic and the characters failed to appeal as they should. Sophie is the younger daughter of academically, if not financially, successful parents, and the one child who has failed to meet her parent's expectations. Their attitude to her is almost Victorian in their failure to empathise with and continuous belittling of her own ambitions, and she has reached the age of 22 without apparently having stood up for herself at all. She has spent her entire life being nice. So nice that she has always let herself be walked over. It is pure chance that in once more doing as the family demands of her and going to look after her "Evil Uncle Eric" (so named by the money grasping family as he has the backbone to turn down requests for cash) she finds a kindred spirit. Sophie then decides it is time to stage a small rebellion by visiting a friend in New York, where she can also investigate some oil drilling rights, the existence of which she has unearthed in clearing up Uncle Eric's papers (hating as she does to have idle time on her hands). By this stage I was seriously frustrated by the demonstration of just how nice/energetic/helpful she was - how could such a person be such a failure in life that she scrapes by on waitressing and child-minding jobs that never last long?
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Proposal 14 Jun. 2010
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Sophie lives at home with her parents and her brother and she is basically put down by them. Her older brother and sister have both left her. Her 3 siblings have done very well but Sophie has'nt. She takes on part-time jobs here and there so she can have some money. Her family put her down all the time and she has to do a lot around the house. When her uncle Eric needs someone to look after him for a couple of weeks her mother tells him she will do it. Her family think he has got a lot of money and they want some of it.

Sophie goes and stays with her uncle and the both get on really well. Sophie does some tidying in the house and she comes across some paperwork to do with oil. Her uncle says she can investigate and see if the family are sitting on a little gold mine.

When Sophie returns to her parents she has had enough of them putting her down so she goes out to America to be with her best friend Milly for a while. While she is out there she makes friends with an old lady Matilda and her grandson Luke. While in America she tires to sort out her Uncle's oil project for him but finds out she needs to be back in the UK. Matilda also wants her to find out about a house for her also when she returns to the UK.

Sophie returns to the UK and Luke also comes to help her sort out her Uncle's oil project and also find the house for Matilda. Sophie and Luke grow very close but it's not all plain sailing as one of Luke's work collegues turn's up from America and throw's a spanner in the works.

This book is lovely to read as it's not all set in America it's also set in Cornwall and you really get a feel you are there. Katie Fforde has done it again writing another brilliant book. I just didn't want it to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it very much
Published 15 days ago by Barbara Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather improbable
This is the third book I have read by this author. Not quite as good as the others. The story was rather improbable.
Published 1 month ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
am reading this excellent thnank you
Published 2 months ago by K. B. Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is wonderful
Katie Fford back on form. Brilliant read after major surgery, sitting in the sun or just for a Sunday afternoon. Great to have 's Fford back at her best.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs P Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as usual.
I have read all Katie Ffordes' books and thoroughly enjoy them. They are so easy to get into and the characters are really believable. I just wish she wrote more than one a year!
Published 3 months ago by Ms K
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Always love Katie Fforde novels. . This one didn't disappoint-great escapism and happy ending. Really enjoyed it-difficult to put down!
Published 3 months ago by AsecAtf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by avid cooker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed
A light but entertaining read, as I have come to expect from Katie Fforde.
Published 6 months ago by AnnieF
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Deserved
Sophie is the servant her family cannot afford.. Because she is more practical and kind they use her mercilessly. She gets the chance to go to America to be a nanny. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars feel good book
I have now read all Katie fforde books and this one as with all the rest a great and absorbing read
Published 6 months ago by Anne Powis
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