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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart. After her husband dies in a freak accident, Lady Gwendoline Muir never dreams she’ll love again. So when soldier-turned-nobleman Lord Hugo Trentham stirs feelings in her that have lain dormant for years, she can’t help but imagine his strong embrace. Hugo finds himself drawn to Gwen, but he’s never courted a woman before. Can he muster the right words to make Gwen open her heart and love once more?

©2012 Mary Balogh (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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So Very Romantic!

This is such a sweet romantic story. Usually I can predict where the story will go but with this one I had no clue. I found it true to life and romantic. Couldn't stop listening. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned romance with a good story.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Lovely characters, interesting story

I enjoyed this book so much -- the strong, likeable lovers, Hugo and Gwen. Both were damaged with scars from past hurts but had generous hearts. Neither of them gave up on life no matter their past pain and difficulties. There is humor, too. I also enjoyed reading a love story about older, more mature lovers who have had some life experience.

Just a lovely book -- perfect listening for a summer day. I liked it so well that I listened to it twice.

It was good to see how characters from previous books were doing, too. Neville and Lily, for instance. Mary Balogh's characters become old friends and it enriches the story to have characters from previous books taking part.

With eager anticipation, I look forward to more stories about the Survivor's Club.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Another Balogh Hit

Would you listen to The Proposal again? Why?

Most definitely. I have read many of Mary Balogh's novels and some are true treasures. I think this might be one of them. Not her best, but very enjoyable. But the best part was the wonderful narration by Rebecca de Leeuw. I can't think of another female reader, aside from Davina Porter, who can transfix you and easily move from one voice to another and do male voices so well. Often the female readers have little quirks about their voices that drive me mad..

What did you like best about this story?

The hero, Hugo, as not born to the peerage but who tries to do what's best for his sister, but who refuses to follow all the "gentleman's" rules. And his struggle to forgive himself for what he has taken part in in the war with Napoleon. He's a hero to everyone but himself. It's a real struggle for him to love himself enough to give his love to a woman. I really liked this character.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca De Leeuw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I'd like to have her do other Balogh stories.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

Would you listen to The Proposal again? Why?

I certainly would. It kept my attention and did not drag in the middle. As a matter of fact I kept listening to it all weekend -- hard to put down.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca De Leeuw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I don't think so. She has a wonderful voice and was perfect. Loved listening to her narration.

Any additional comments?

This was a lovely story. It centered around two people who had experienced tragic experiences in their lives. They also came from different backgrounds. They were mature, not stupid, silly and clueless like so many characters in other books. Through love and caring they were able to work through their differences. Definitely worth a credit.<br/>This book is better than some of hers.

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Good enough...

The story was a little silly, but good enough. I did enjoy the listen and don't regret the purchase. I wouldnt listen to it again though. Lol

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful Honest Love Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Proposal to be better than the print version?

I don't know. Sometimes a narrator can make a bad book good and a good book bad, but I don't know about if it would really make any difference with this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hugo. I loved the dry wit Ms. Balogh gave this character. There were several times I laughed out loud at either Hugo's comments or Hugo himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Hugo tells Gwen that he can't court her because she has a limp and it might embarrass him. Gwen laughed out loud at this comment and then brought it up again in another scene. People who can laugh at themselves are usually happy people.<br/><br/>Or maybe it was the few scenes where Hugo tells Gwen about his robust sexual appetites. It was so nice and honest and even funny. Gwen was quite taken aback, but trudged ahead with the conversation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this book in pretty much one sitting. I started listening very late one night and got to chapter to two and listened to the rest of the book the next day. I loved the book. I just couldn't stop listening. <br/><br/>Mary Balogh always makes one think. In this book she broaches thoughts and feelings of many soldiers who have blessed this earth and she has done it so eloquently.

Any additional comments?

Gwen and Hugo have a wonderful story. I'll listen to this story again and again. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the other Survivor's stories.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully Written!

What did you love best about The Proposal?

Wow ! What a great book. This a very gentle and natual romance. I felt the progression of the romance and bond between the characters throughout the book. The main characters are well written and I enjoyed the strength of both. Even the other minor character are well written. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching all the wonderful interactions. <br/>

What does Rebecca De Leeuw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The character voices

Any additional comments?

I was apprehensive at first on buying this book. But was very surprised how much I really liked it. It will be on my list to listen to again and again.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Finding love outside of your comfort zone!

Where does The Proposal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is sweet historical romance ranks in the top 30% among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far -- that's over 900 books in the last 3 years.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proposal?

One of the most memorable moments was when the Lord who always spat at Lord Trentham feet, publicly defended him against the accusations by Viscount Muir at a Tun party and Lady Gwendoline stood by his side the entire time.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca De Leeuw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I don't recall listening to any other performances by Rebecca De Leeuw but I did really enjoy this one and would love to listen to more of this narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have an extreme reaction to this book, but I did find it to be an enjoyable listen. There were moments when I laughed such as the scenes with Gwendoline's friend Vera.

Any additional comments?

I have read one other book in the Survivor's series and will probably read more in the future.

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IT PULLS YOU IN AT CHAPTER 1

This is a real change to the usual 'Historical Romance' type books about one titled Lady and one deeply troubled, and mentally scarred, Military Officer. It's witty and charming and you can't help but empathise with the two main characters and you end up routing for them both. Hugo should be a dislikeable character but all his shortcomings actually just make you like him all the more.

It made me wonder if there will be more books covering the other members of the Survivor's Club? Narrator was brilliant.

I'm a huge Mary Balogh fan and, in my opinion, no paper was waisted on producing this book for us.

Worth a credit? It's one of those 'addictive' type books - once you start it you just can't stop so it's a definite Yes.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Love this book!! One of my favorites.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I will listen to it over and over for years to come.

The narrator Rebecca De Leeuw (also goes by Binca Amato) is on my top 3 list.

A gorgeous passionate and romantic story told by an amazing narrator. The perfect audiobook.

Must Buy!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Take a Chance

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As a book, possibly. As an audiobook read by Rebecca De Leeuw, probably not.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Balogh? Why or why not?

I don't think so, it was hard-going and laboured. The story was a decent one, but in my opinion was too protracted. It wasn't very elegantly written. Personally, I think it could have been completed with several fewer chapters, whilst still telling the story of 2 people who had experienced tragedy and the consequences of its legacy, and how they overcame their obstacles. She was from the aristocracy while he was awarded his title through his military prowess but was from the middle classes. While I thought the heroine very accommodating of his prejudices against her class and her understanding and acceptance of his, I thought he was just rude and quite arrogant in his prejudices of her situation. I didn't warm to him and I thought some of the dialogue from his mouth in regards to his male needs was ugly and base. Read Lucinda Brant, Stella Riley or Laura Kinsale for a really good, elegant and eloquent read.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca De Leeuw’s performances?

No. Her diction was ok on the whole, other than the word "off" which she pronounced as "awf". It might sound a little thing, and wouldn't have been so bad if the word appeared once or twice in the book, but the author was obsessed with this word. I wasn't consciously counting but it must have been around 40 times that the word was mentioned. I actually started to groan every time the woman said the word, and it got to be quite comical, which then detracted from the story . It was at odds to all her other pronunciations, and really jarred my ears. Owch. I want to enjoy listening to my books, not have my teeth set on edge. Sorry.

Could you see The Proposal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Its too dull to be made into a film, unless it was just the reader that made the book boring

Any additional comments?

I struggled on to the end as I had paid for the audiobook and was therefore determined to finish it, but I shan't re-listen to it again, and it will be consigned to my audio library, Maybe in book or kindle form it would be more enjoyable? Nothing ventured, nothing gained......it might have turned out to have been a gem, sadly not this time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful