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A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

A Perfect Proposal (edition 2011)

by Katie Fforde

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Title:A Perfect Proposal
Authors:Katie Fforde
Info:Arrow (2011), Paperback, 416 pages
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Fun light summer read. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Pretty standard chick-lit, heavy on the English vs American viewpoints and language. I realized what I liked about previous books by this author was the voice actor who did the audio version. As this is hard copy, I have to rely on the voices in my head -- no wait. That didn't come out right. Make that, the voices in my own imagination, and their accents aren't nearly as lovely. ( )
  bookczuk | Jul 16, 2013 |
Sophie is the organized, practical one in her snobbishly academic family, and has spent her life sorting them out with little recompense or respect. She jumps at a chance to leave England for New York and a nanny job -- but when she gets there, the job has disappeared. A chance encounter gets her an invitation to spend Thanksgiving in Connecticut with her wealthy older friend - and a budding relationship with the grandson. The course of true love never runs completely smoothly in fforde's books, so there will be many misunderstandings and adventures along the way. Quite an enjoyable way to spend a few hours -- fforde has a keen eye for human foibles and a talent for creating lovable protagonists. Recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | May 14, 2013 |
A Perfect Proposal is a classic in the making. With two amazing main characters, and great supporting ones, Ms. Fforde has written a novel that is easy to read, and easy to love. Sophie’s attitude toward her unappreciative family makes her lovable and relatable. Getting to take a vacation from the demands of her family, Sophie finds herself in America, with no job and little money. Meeting Matilda, by chance, helps to change her life in a way she’s always hoped for, but thought would never happen. Matilda’s grandson, Luke, is the complete opposite from Sophie, being brought up very rich and privileged, but somehow manages to make a connection with Sophie. When Sophie returns to England, she assumes that the friendship she and Luke had will not continue, only to learn that Luke is coming to England for a special project. When she and Luke pair up, trying to accomplish a task for Matilda, they find that opposites really do attract. But can they overcome their incredibly different backgrounds?

I loved A Perfect Proposal from start to finish. While it may be somewhat predictable, it is still a heartwarming, fun read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read those “make you feel good” books! I look forward to reading another book by Ms. Fforde!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Sweet

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  MyBookAddiction | May 1, 2013 |
I just finished the best book! Sophie Apperly is the youngest child the “dumb one” no one will listen to because she isn’t “degreed” and actually is the one with the most common sense. Her two best friends are behind her with her choices but she won’t stand up to anyone.
Finally fed up, Sophie decides to take a holiday to American to see friend Milly and look up a distance relative about some oil leases. She doesn’t find the relative, but does end up saving an elderly lady from crashing to the floor at an art exhibit opening.
Matilda Winchester is above wealthy. She is also English and immediately falls in love with Sophie. Matilda’s grandson, Luke, however; is not – English nor Sophie loving. He assumes Sophie is after his grandmother’s money or his. A talented lawyer, Luke is business-like, gorgeous, intense, gorgeous, etc. He and Sophie come to a truce eventually.
This book was so fun to read! Miscommunication, family secrets, family disorder, oil leases (??!) and all Sophie wants to do it sew. Her family is typical of the “talented, artistic” mindset. Not much for money but no one is to know. Matilda’s family is fun, reserved and quite special. When Sophie returns to England, the search for the house Matilda remembers is a tale all in itself.
For just a plain, fun time you must get this book! ( )
  macygma | Apr 14, 2013 |
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Sophie Apperly has been supporting herself since she left school, but as far as her academic family are concerned she's never had a 'proper' job. And because she's currently in between work she's despatched to look after Uncle Eric while his housekeeper is away. Here, whilst tidying his papers, she discovers a document relating to family business in America. Driven mad by her family and wanting to prove herself to them and bring in some much-needed income for them all, when her best friend Milly invites her over to New York she jumps at the chance - what's more she's lined up some nannying work for her to pay her way. However, she's hardly been in the country five minutes before disaster strikes. She suddenly finds herself with no work, nowhere to stay and very little money. Luckily Milly has a corner in her tiny apartment she can camp out in. A jaunt to an art gallery opening throws her into the path of Matilda - a grand old lady who is delighted to find someone who comes from the same part of the world as she grew up in. She is very taken with Sophie and invites her to her house in Connecticut for Thanksgiving. But Matilda's grandson Luke is very suspicious of Sophie - what exactly does this English girl want, is she after her grandmother's money? - and he's determined to nip this growing friendship in the bud.
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Sophie Apperly's family has never taken her seriously. Fiercely academic, they see her more practical skills as frivolous whilst constantly taking advantage of her. So when her best friend Milly invites her over to New York, she jumps at the chance. It'll do her ungrateful family good to do without her for a while.… (more)

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