Book Review: A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

A Perfect Proposal

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde.

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 …

I really enjoy reading Katie Fforde – whilst her novels are easy to read, they are full of feeling and A Perfect Proposal is no different.

Sophie Apperly is watching life pass her by as she spends her time caring for her ungrateful family.  When she is pushed by her family to care for ‘Evil Uncle Eric’, an uncle she finds to be less than evil (probably only those who don’t seem to be going after his money!) she discovers a family oil well that could be worth some money if someone is willing to seek out all of the shares.  When the opportunity arises for her to head off to New York City to look for answers in the great oil mystery, she finds herself unable to turn it down and finds herself on a flight to visit her old friend.

A chance meeting with the elderly Matilda at her friends art gallery finds Sophie travelling to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her family.  Naturally, Matilda’s grandson Luke is more than a little suspicious of the young woman who has appeared in their lives – particularly given that Matilda is rather wealthy!

I really enjoyed reading this novel.  Sophie is such a wonderful character – she’s unassuming, at times rather downtrodden by her family but she generally seeks to help people whilst looking for no reward for herself.  In comparison Luke comes across initially as arrogant – I enjoyed following his character development though as you learn more about him and why he values his family so much.  Matilda is of course the star of the show – she’s not just a wealthy old lady.  She’s a loving woman, protective of her family and more than happy to be cunning and conniving when its for other peoples own good!

This is a lovely, light read.  Perfect for our days in lockdown where you may want a novel to lose yourself in!  So grab yourself a glass of wine, a piece of cake (if you’ve managed to find any flour for baking!) and settle down in your favourite armchair!

To buy this novel, check out Amazon UK

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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