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A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

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Sweet but poor girl falls in love with dashing wealthy guy. A pretty common theme in literature and one that is hard to bring any freshness to. A Perfect Proposal is charming and sweet but doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre. And that is ok. Sometimes it is nice to know where the story is going. It makes for a nice light read.

Sophie is sweet and nice and you want good things to happen for her. Luke is everything you could want in a modern take on a Prince Charming. The real book stealer though is Matilda. A vivacious grandmother who makes you wish you could sit down to tea with her. A weaker point is Sophie’s family. From the way they are written it is impossible to understand how Sophie turned out so sweet and why she continues to bother with them. There is no warmth there at all. There is no dimension to them either. This is the case with most of the characters, but as this is light romantic fiction it didn’t bother me as much as it normally would have.

While the story is sweet and slightly quirky it suffers from awkward dialogue on occasion and some naively simplistic writing at times. This is odd because some sections seem delightfully worded and playful. I couldn’t quite figure out why there was this dichotomy in the book.

Katie Fforde has written a sweet book that I would recommend for summer beach reading.

I do have to say that it is not a book I would purchase personally, but I didn’t mind reading it as a free book.

 

I was provided a copy of this book for review

The Importance of Being Wicked – by Victoria Alexander

I wanted to like this based on the title alone “The Importance of Being Wicked”… a play on one of my favorite plays about a guy named Earnest. Alas it was not to be.

Victoria Alexander fails to draw me in or create a story that I can invest in. The concept is charming enough, it just doesn’t go anywhere. It is hindered greatly by awkward conversations and a generally pedantic feel to the writing.

And then there is the word “wicked”… I was ready to scream every time I read it by the middle of the book. At times it seemed as if the author had no other descriptive word to use. And in using “wicked” so much it seems to lose any meaning or impact at all. It becomes a silly throw away word.

Our erstwhile lovers are Miranda and Winfield. Neither one ends up being overly compelling and since there is no dangerous situation or shadowy intrigue to form the plot this is a problem. There is no compelling dynamic between them.

Winfield spends most of the book coming across as a pompous misogynist who appears clueless the majority of the time.

Miranda seems to be 2 different people and not in the choosing to show 2 different sides kind of way. It honestly feels at times like she was perhaps 2 different characters combined into 1 for some unknown reason. The idea that a woman who can create detailed and well done plans for houses including new modern plumbing and electricity would somehow be completely clueless as to the financial situation of her business but still have the foresight to put aside money for her employees – it just doesn’t ring true.

There just seemed to be no there there.

 

I was provided a free copy for review.