Book number 7 in the 100+ Reading Challenge
A Perfect Proposal
by Katie Fforde
Outer back cover: It's time to live a little...
Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others - but when she realizes her family sees 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 grand 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 loved this book! Proper chick-lit. I stated reading it around 3pm today, and I wasn't able to put it down once! I only just finished it about half an hour ago.
What it doesn't mention on the back cover is that Sophie goes to visit her "Evil Uncle Eric", who she finds out when she meets him, isn't evil at all. During Sophie's visit to Uncle Eric, she finds some documents labelled New York in his old desk. It turns out a relative of Uncle Eric has some drilling rights for an area of Texas. This relative has been trying to organize all the share holders to go together so that they might actually start drilling for oil. As Uncle Eric hasn't heard anything from this relative in a while he sends Sophie on a mission to find out more about it while she's in New York.
I thought both Matilda's and Uncle Eric's "missions" were very interesting to read about, along with all the other things happening in the book. I actually think Matilda and Uncle Eric were my favorite characters, and I really wish they had met each other, they would have been brilliant together! And I felt like punching Amy (a coworker of Luke's) in the face, trust me, if you read the book, you will want to do that too!And I loved Moira, a friend Sophie makes in Cornwall.
My favorite part of the book is a tie between the part in Connecticut, and the first visit to Cornwall. Because of the interaction between Luke and Sophie in those places, and also getting to know Matilda more in Connecticut.