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An Improper Proposal [Mass Market Paperback]

Cheryl Bolen
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27 Feb 2004
Two years have passed since George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife. Though the fashionable beauties and heiresses of the ton have done their utmost to mend his broken heart, he has not remarried. Simply put, no other woman will ever do. George pays no heed to the well-meaning advice of his meddlesome sisters, Felicity and Glee-and he will have no part of their many and varied schemes to make a match. Glee is convinced that her dear friend, Sally Spenser, would make a perfect governess for her niece and nephew. A vicar's daughter, Sally is charming, highly intelligent, and affectionate by nature. The plight of the motherless Pembroke children has touched her heart. And no one knows that she has long cherished a secret tendre for their father. She consents to become part of his household-under the auspices of a marriage in name only. But Lord Sedgewick's elegant Bath town house has one very great drawback: it is very small. They must share a bedroom...and a bed.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (27 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821775251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821775257
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,217,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.

A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.

Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.

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"The charm and grace of the Regency period is present in this sweetly told debut novel."

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY well done 30 Sep 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife, Dianna, as she gave birth to his son and heir, Sam. Blaming the son, George did his best to ignore him. Yet he still adored his two-year-old daughter, Georgette.
TWO YEARS PASSED.
Miss Sally Spenser had loved George half her life. Even though he married lovely Dianna and never even glanced at plain her, Sally still adored Sam and Georgette. Being the best friend of Glee (George's sister), Sally knew the children very well and visited them almost daily. Georgette was now four and seemed to have unlimited energy. Sam was now two and though intelligent, he did not speak as yet and was shy.
Glee and Felicity, his sisters, explained to George that enough was enough! Even though George vowed never to love another and remain true to Dianna, it was time to cease his self-destructive ways and think about the children who needed a mother figure in their lives. When George found out that Sally visited the nursery often and the children loved her more than ANYBODY, he offered Sally a marriage in name only.
Of course Sally was shocked, but jumped at the chance to marry the man she loved. Even better, she would become the mother of the children she so adored. Sally and George knew that they would clash, and often. Sally always blurted out whatever she was thinking and had an opinion on everything. (And it galled George that Sally was always logical — and right.) But her level head was just what he and the children needed. Sally was determined to help George and Sam become closer, help bring the estate back up to par.
***** Wonderfully crafted and a few sub-plots to keep the story moving along at a good pace. I never got bored with this story! There is even a wonderful villainess that you can not help but hate, which shows the true talent of the author! Not many authors can make a reader hate the bad guy. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done plain spinster/hot brother of best friend romance. 14 July 2004
By C. Vowels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
George Pembroke, Viscount Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife two years ago in childbirth. Heartbroken, his only consolation is his daughter; he neglects the small son born at his wife's death. After spending his mourning period drinking, gambling, and whoring George is finally ready to take up the responsibilities of fatherhood again.
Sally Spenser is the spinster daughter of a deceased vicar. Her brother's attempts to marry her off to a disgusting old man have led her to consider becoming a governess. Plain, poor, and only faintly connected to a noble house, Sally has few other options and is staying with her oldest friend Glee while she tries to decide what to do with her life. Glee is George's sister, so Sally has known (and been in love with) the handsome George most of her life. After the death of George's wife (who Sally was secretly jealous of), Sally has made an effort to reach out to George's motherless children.
Because George's children love Sally, Glee suggests that he hire Sally as his governess. Realizing that won't work because he's a single man and she's still a young woman, George instead proposes a marriage of convenience to Sally. It's really an interesting arrangement, because while George likes Sally he can't imagine being attracted to her and the two of them also have a tendency to argue as Sally isn't afraid to criticize George for his behavior toward his children. I admire the way the author sets up their marriage, it really feels like a marriage of convenience and not just a plot device.
George is a difficult hero to take. While he is fairly real and flawed, the fact that he has held a grudge against his baby son is difficult to swallow. Not that he's been overtly cruel, he's mostly just neglected him, but then again, that's a terrible thing to do. My feelings for George are mixed. I'm sympathetic about his wife's death and enjoy the way he falls for Sally, I just wish he had treated his son a little better. The neglect could have existed without being quite so extreme.
I like Sally. She's tough emotionally, but still vulnerable. I love her interaction with his kids. There's never a time when she comes across as too "goody-goody" or "heart-of-gold", she's real, but she's nice, and I like that. Again, I appreciate that she isn't magically made an heiress or discovers that she's a beauty in the right clothes or anything. She simply is who she is and manages to get her guy anyway.
I liked "An Improper Proposal". It's one of those stories that could turn into a self-pitying disaster--or turn out to be a case of ugly duckling turns beautiful swan, but it doesn't. There's also the factor of the first wife; George really was deeply in love with his first wife, she isn't found out to be an evil slut post-mortem or anything, she was a nice woman he truly adored. The author doesn't take any of the dangerous routes with this story, but instead creates a sweet and satisfying romance where the heroine really is plain and poor and has been truly overlooked, and where the hero honestly loved his first wife and thought he'd never love again. I enjoy stories like these where the author doesn't cop out with melodrama or drastic make-overs. There were many great things about it, but there were problems too.
I had trouble with the author's style of writing. Her prose is simple, not necessarily a bad thing, but she seemed to have trouble portraying the grittier side of a tale like this. The prose and the characterization were a bit shallow, which detracted from what this story could have been. I've read some truly poorly written books, and I don't want to say that the author comes anywhere near being a bad writer. I guess essentially my problem is that her style didn't quite match her story. This is probably more an issue of taste.
The only other problem that sticks out in my mind was with her knowledge of English titles. Despite some usage by modern royalty and some variations found with medieval nobility, except in the case where a noble family's surname happens to be the same as their title, a peer and their family would not use their title in place of their surname. If Sally is George's wife, she would be Sally Pembroke, Viscountess Sedgewick--formally addressed as Lady Sedgewick, her name is Sally Pembroke, not Sally Sedgewick. Along the same lines, George Pembroke, Viscount Sedgewick is only addressed as Lord Sedgewick or George Pembroke--he is not called Lord George Pembroke or Lord George Sedgewick. The use of the courtesy title of "Lord" before a first name is reserved for the younger sons of Marquesses and Dukes (occasionally for the eldest son if no other titles are possessed by the line, but that's rare).
In the end, I give "An Improper Proposal" three stars. It is readable--in fact for me it was a page turner--with a great story told the right way. Apart from the hard to like hero and some inaccuracies, my problems were mainly with the depth of the characterization and the writer's style being a bit lighter than the story she was trying to tell. I think I'd recommend this book to fans of this type of story, or to anyone who's read as many lousy books lately as I have, because despite my somewhat lukewarm review, this book was a welcome and enjoyable read. I will most likely read Ms. Bolen again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An improper proposal for a very proper lady 14 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An Improper Proposal reprises several of the familiar and lovable characters from Cheryl Bolen's Brides of Bath regency series. This installment focuses on Felicity and Glee's brother George, Lord Sedgewick, who has lost his beloved wife in childbed and vows never to love again. As he drowns his sorrows, his sisters worry over the fate of his children, especially George's young son, whom he blames for his wife's death.
Enter the vicar's daughter, Sally Spencer, another of Cheryl's wonderfully strong-willed heroines who is unafraid to speak her mind. George agrees his children need a mother figure, but having a single woman living under his roof, even for the legitimate purpose of taking care of children, would invite scandal. In the mold of Cheryl's previous novels where the characters often find creative means to get themselves in and out of dilemmas, George decides the only way to get a proper "mother" for his children is to make a very improper proposal to Miss Spencer: marry him.
There's just one catch. Though he and the new Lady Sedgewick will share a bedroom, Sally will be his wife in name only, for George has vowed no woman will ever take his dead wife's place.
Sally agrees to the unusual arrangements, naively believing that sharing his name, his home and his children will be enough to replace the physical and emotional intimacy she has agreed to forego. However, when the wicked designs of a depraved seductress threaten to tear apart their sham of a marriage and ruin Hornsby Manor, Sally learns just how wrong she is. Meanwhile, George must wrestle with his own inner demons to avoid missing a chance at becoming a real father to his son and at experiencing true love again. Readers familiar with the sensual roller coaster rides in Cheryl's previous works won't be disappointed here either, in spite of the unusual arrangement.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful. 2 Feb 2004
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife, Dianna, as she gave birth to his son and heir, Sam. Blaming the son, George did his best to ignore him. Yet he still adored his two-year-old daughter, Georgette.
TWO YEARS PASSED.
Miss Sally Spenser had loved George half her life. Even though he married lovely Dianna and never even glanced at plain her, Sally still adored Sam and Georgette. Being the best friend of Glee (George's sister), Sally knew the children very well and visited them almost daily. Georgette was now four and seemed to have unlimited energy. Sam was now two and though intelligent, he did not speak as yet and was shy.
Glee and Felicity, his sisters, explained to George that enough was enough! Even though George vowed never to love another and remain true to Dianna, it was time to cease his self-destructive ways and think about the children who needed a mother figure in their lives. When George found out that Sally visited the nursery often and the children loved her more than ANYBODY, he offered Sally a marriage in name only.
Of course Sally was shocked, but jumped at the chance to marry the man she loved. Even better, she would become the mother of the children she so adored. Sally and George knew that they would clash, and often. Sally always blurted out whatever she was thinking and had an opinion on everything. (And it galled George that Sally was always logical - and right.) But her level head was just what he and the children needed. Sally was determined to help George and Sam become closer, help bring the estate back up to par.
***** Wonderfully crafted and a few sub-plots to keep the story moving along at a good pace. I never got bored with this story! There is even a wonderful villainess that you can not help but hate, which shows the true talent of the author! Not many authors can make a reader hate the bad guy. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable At Times ***Possible Spoiler Alert*** 9 Nov 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading the entire series and they are all entertaining good stories. I shouldn't complain to much since I've gotten them free and would have paid $3 or $4 and felt good about my purchase.

Let me begin by stating that I totally hated that George was widowed Dianna was such a great sweet character I hated losing her. It just didn't seem fair although I liked the heroine in this story.

Some situations could have been left out completely making it so much more pleasant for me. I like to get lost in the pleasantness of a book not hung up on the sadness etc...

I didn't like that the Hero blamed his son for the death of Diana.

I hated the Hero's impact on Glee's marriage, how his rakish ways drew in her husband and took him away from her especially since her story ended HEA.

500 Sheep are slaughtered needlessly not to mention by one individual (a bit unbelievable without someone noticing the noise). also the hero becomes somewhat facially disfigured both these scenerios made the story sad for me I wanted to skip over the unpleasantness.

I've noticed that in three of the books CB doesn't follow through or there isn't any resolution/closure mentioned in some scenerios which is frustrating.

Example: There were two villians one gets arrested (no mention of the actual sentence is given) also the primary villian flees back to Bath and no punishment persay is mentioned. I would have liked to see that restitution was at least made since there was wealth mentioned. The ending seemed up in the air because of this.

I know this all sounds like lots of negatives ,however, the book was worth the read. Happy Reading, Enjoy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and boring 19 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed with this book. The mysterious animal slaughter was gross and made no sense at all. In the end when the villian was discovered it was of no surprise and delivered no suspense or sense of commupance deserved. The herione Sally was pathetic and possessed little if any self esteem. I don't care how much you love someone, or in this case their children, you eventually need to get a clue. I love romance novels and read two to three sometimes a week if I can squeeze them in. This book took me several nights to finish , and I honestly did not care what happened to anyone in this story.
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