- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (7 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755383540
- ISBN-13: 978-0755383542
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Proposal Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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More romantic than a candlelit proposal. On Valentine's Day. In Paris. From Ryan Gosling (Heat)
A tantalising blend of elegance and mystique...irresistible (Closer)
A heart-wrenching punch-packing love story... Perry creates escapism at its best (Express)
An irresistible page-turner (Marie-Claire)
A London to New York story to curl up with on a wet weekend (Daily Mail)
Utterly delectable and spellbinding. An absolute treat for you this Christmas as it's simply magical...will leave you with a smile on your face and a sparkle in your eye (I Heart Chicklit)
As beautiful as it is tragic and the ending will leave you in tears, so be prepared! (Chick Lit Club)
The Proposal has all the sparkle and warmth of a Christmas novel... Fans of Tasmina Perry, New York, Christmas and love will be more than satisfied with this book (Novelicious)
Escape with Sunday Times bestseller Tasmina Perry in this modern fairytale that moves between past and present, encompassing debutantes, 1950s New York, country estates and a secret love buried in time.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Amy Carrell, a New Yorker working as a waitress in London while trying to get a break as a dancer, wants to spend Christmas with her family after breaking up with her wealthy boyfriend, having realised that she will never match up to the expectations of his parents. Spotting an advert in The Lady for a companion to an elderly lady, Georgia Hamilton, she joins her for a Christmas trip to Manhattan. Georgia is a wealthy ex-publisher with a difficult relationship with her own family and, in addition to the magical excursion to New York, her own story as one of the last debutantes in the late 1950s slowly unfolds. And what a story it is - fascinating in its detail about the life of a debutante who doesn't have quite the aristocratic background required, full of awkwardness and fraught with difficulty, who finds true love only to have it cruelly taken away. Amy sets about trying to put things right, and it's a really beautiful story, exquisitely told.
I thoroughly enjoyed every page - this is a much slimmer book than the author usually produces, and I escaped into it for an afternoon and devoured it from cover to cover. Amy is a really endearing character, who makes you really feel for her in her attempts to fit into a world where she's really struggling - eating her artichoke with a knife and fork in a charity shop dress that's shedding its sequins.Read more ›
After Amy’s boyfriend suddenly ends their relationship, Amy feels lonely and home sick and a rash decision to escort the very rich, very elegant, very English Georgia on a trip to Amy’s home town of Manhattan ensures the reader is quickly drawn in to this story. Before you know it, you’re engrossed in the rather odd pairing of the young American dancer getting to know the slightly eccentric, and older, Georgia.
It seems strange that such a successful, wealthy and elegant lady has never been to New York but we do find out her reasons as the novel continues. With Amy as her companion, the two discover New York and each other in a beautifully descriptive prose.
I much preferred the story of Georgia back in 1958 and I found myself wanting to continue reading about the life of the young Georgia much more than the present day. I fell in love with the early romance of Georgia and Edward, and could have read a whole book just about their life in the elegant old school London. I wasn’t as interested in Amy’s story as I didn’t connect with her as I did with Georgia.
Amy is a caring character though, as she finds herself finding out about Georgia’s past she feels the need to involve herself in helping elderly Georgia accept what happened and deal with the truth going forward.
I was then left sorely disappointed with the abrupt ending of the book, it seemed rushed somehow and the reader didn’t get to find out about Amy and what became of her potential new romance.
Sadly, a disappointing ending often leaves me feeling very deflated about the book as a whole, and this is why I had to rate three stars. A better, more complete end would have bumped this up a star as I really enjoyed the descriptive elegance surrounding The Proposal.
This book is the definition of subtle perfection. I love that this novel is dual point-of-view, and dual timeline. The glitz and glamour of the Debutante Season in Georgia's story gave me definite vibes of Gossip Girl, if only a slightly more mature version, while Amy's modern-day difficulties and relationship woes were all too relatable. Although there is a considerable age difference, Georgia and Amy's developing friendship is lovely to read about, and I was surprised by how much I really connected with Georgia.
Make no mistake, this is not a particularly light or fluffy read. There were certain plot points I didn't see coming, that truly had me gripped! These darker elements run in the background of the story, and there is an obvious commentary on social class, and the role of a woman in marriage. Some Feminist ideals are carefully brought into question, and not everyone might agree with the sentiment. However, this reader is one great big feminist, and I did not take offence, nor did I start burning this book. So I'm sure you'll survive.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read, and was totally swept away to a different time and place. I shed a tear or five by the end of the novel, and this is definitely a book I'll be keeping, and rereading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Really well written. I was far more captivated and involved in Georgina's story than Amy's, but I feel that was the intention of the book, and both were good... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nicola
It is my first book from Tasmina Perry and it was enjoyable. Her style is simple clear and very easy to follow. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Reyiel
Read The Atonement instead! Sorry cannot recommend this book. Lacked depth and structure.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Different from other Tasmina Perry books that I have read but a welcome change.
Enjoyed the way that stories of two women from very different era's were intertwined and they... Read more
In the wake of breaking up with her boyfriend, Amy Carrell is desperate to get back to New York for Christmas to be with her family. Read morePublished 15 months ago by little bookworm