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....
©2010 Katie Fforde (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
very much enjoyed this story and narration. From the beginning it kept me interested and it is very easy to follow with a good flow.
Although in no way a suspense story, I kept wondering what would happen next and seeing the friendship grow between the 2 main characters was very heart warming.
I'd definitely recommend this story to anyone who enjoys good quality "Chit-lit"
I really enjoyed this book, the story was lovely and the characters endearing, but what really made it for me was Jilly Bond's narration - it was fantastic!!
The ultimate multi-tasking is to read a book while driving
This book is like a bowl of ice cream on a summer's day - not the greatest or most nutritional meal, but enjoyable and refreshing. Fforde does not write books that will appear on high school syllabuses, but they are great fun.
Sophie is a great character, likable and warm.
Terrific - faultless.
Love will find you
If you enjoyed watching 'Love Actually' or 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and need something light and enjoyable, that is well-read, this is the book for you.
It wasn't bad - I wouldn't not recommend it. I can't say that I loved it though. The story was entertaining enough but it just seemed to go on without building up to anything, and the end seemed a bit tacked on. I would listen to it again - in a year or so, if I was really bored and had heard all my other books again. Well, the good ones, anyway.
This story had everything you want from a feel good romantic story with ups and downs along the way
"I wish this was a better story. Disappointing."
Jilly Bond's narration sounds like an old fashioned little girl. I found it really hard to like any of the characters when they spoke in a silly high pitched voice. I am afraid the American accents were dire, and at one point Luke turned from a dubious American to a fully fledged Cornishman. Sorry Jilly, but I can't put myself through listening to another book narrated by you...
Katie Fforde has also let me down and I could cry! She has been one of my favourite authors for a long time but this book was terrible. I didn't identify with the stuffy and old fashioned characters, Sophie would have better placed in a Jane Austin novel rather than present day England / America, and why does she like Luke? It's beyond me.
No, it is after all churned out chick lit and a certain amount of predictability is par for the course.
I'm struggling to think of any. I'm afraid Luke reminded me a little of Christian Gray from a certain well known trilogy (which is absolutely not a good thing!) but terribly one dimensional and boring.
Writing this review is done with a heavy heart as I usually love Katie Fforde books. This one has let her down I feel. Sorry Katie.
I mainly enjoyed the narration however Luke's voice is sometimes a bit annoying/ inconsistent. If you've enjoyed other Katie Fforde stories this is one for you.
"wonderful switch off"
I'm just out of hospital after major surgery and not able to do anything...this Perfect Proposal was frothy enough, almost believable enough, with great characters to allow me to switch off from pain and feeling sorry for myself, wasn't taxing and most importantly was entertaining...
Great Uncle Eric!
Her pace was good and her Uncle Eric & Cornish Monica characters were good fun
Cornwall meets Connecticut
"Definitely a Treat!"
Sophie the main character is immensely likeable,capable and young. There is also a very endearing great uncle called Eric, I thought Jilly Bond was particularly good at doing his voice. Although it is generally well narrated, it is especially good on all the accents too. A Perfect proposal is a rocky road to love and certainly up to Katie Fforde's usual high standards. And although not quite as' perfect' as the title would suggest, this one is definitely a treat!
"Had great potential but failed to deliver...."
Jilly Bond's performance of voices was overall ok but mostly i found Luke's voice did bot match his character. The story over all seemed over stretched on some parts such as the first half in America while the second half in England was not given enough lime light. And the ending seemed far too rushed to my liking. I would have liked to see a proper character development for Sophie and more on her family as well. I feel like much of the secondary characters were more like embellishments or just there to take up space in the story. I was also disappointed to see that the plot was overall dropped towards the end from Sophie possibly becoming 'independent' to a typical damsel in distress rom-com heroine. Although its a romance it had potential to become so much more but ultimately it just didn't quite deliver for me. Would have preferred to see a much stronger heroine towards the end. In addition i didn't feel the chemistry between Luke and Sophie as much. Definitely not rememberable, both as characters or a couple. Over all an ok read, wouldn't pick it up again but if you like the 'naive-beautiful-belle-and-handsome-millionaire-get-together' troupe this might still be an enjoyable listen .
Enjoyed this a lot. The storyline wasn't entirely original but the characters were well written and took me along for he ride
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