So this is big talk when I tell you One Hundred Proposals is absolutely my favourite Holly Martin book to date.
This lovely book will make you fall in love with love all over again as Harry proposes to Suzie one hundred times in amazing locations around the world.
Now my darling fiancé, Jim, proposed to me in our kitchen one Monday night after work over a roast chicken dinner. It was lovely and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, (particularly because the clever boy produced a lovely Tiffany solitaire, erm, and I love him).
Having said that, this novel does conjure up some simply magnificent proposals that will have you simply simpering into your tea over the romance of it all.
A great ‘will they or won’t they’ read that will have you kind of guessing up to the end Although I was fairly certain Martin wouldn’t let her readers down with an unhappy ending.
Best friends Suzie and Harry run a proposal company, theperfectproopsal.com. Together, they strive to create perfect proposal settings for couples in love.
Harry cooks up a plan to really put their business on the map – one hundred magical proposals, all around the world in exotic locations.
He must conjure up one hundred epic proposals – each bigger, better and more romantic than the last in a quest for the perfect proposal.
As they spend more time together, travelling the world and working on some crazy proposals – Suzie’s feelings for Harry start to grow.
As the guinea pig in their PR stunt, Suzie must remember the answer to handsome Harry’s ‘will you marry me?’ always needs to be ‘no’.
But what if she wants to say ‘yes’ instead?
Suzie is a likeable heroine caught in the dilemma of whether she should risk losing her best friend by telling him she loves him.
Every time the delectable Harry proposes to her, she is tortured just that little bit more. As a reader, Martin does a great job of getting us embroiled in Suzie’s inner-torment. Particularly when Harry’s proposals are so wonderfully thoughtful and exquisite! I bet Martin had some fun researching wonderful ways to propose – there are some real gems included.
The book is told from Suzie’s point of view, but a lovely touch by Martin is the inclusion of proposal company’s blog – written by Harry. This allows the reader a sneaky peek into Harry’s world without disrupting the flow of Suzie’s story.
I thought this was a clever way to tell the story and I really enjoyed Harry’s blogs which create a sense of mounting anticipation as the story progresses.
Suzie is a lovely heroine – sweet, charming and very funny. There are some hilarious, down-to -earth moments that draw the reader into her character such as when she is sprung dancing around in her cow print onesie.
I loved this plot line. In fact, it was so cool I wished I’d thought of it and written this novel myself.
Martin’s style of writing is very easy to read with warm and engaging characters that have me beaming into my book with pure joy.
Introducing the idea of the magazine offering a world trip so Suzie and Harry can try proposals everywhere from Asia to Australia was a fabulous way for Martin to take the reader on a world trip.
I loved all her descriptions of the magnificent places they travel to – it made the book a real treat to dip in and out of such wonderful settings.
This is a romantic and riveting read that will have you looking around for your own knight in shining armour. Suzie and Harry are an adorable pair and you’ll be rooting for a happy ending throughout the entire story.
I’m delighted to hear there’s a follow-up novella, One Hundred Christmas Proposals. Nothing would please me more than to read a version of this tale with a fairy tale Christmas twist.
“Romance isn’t always about big gestures though,’ Harry said. ‘Sometimes it’s the words the man finds or the effort that he has gone to. It doesn’t have to be something expensive.” – Holly Martin, One Hundred Proposals
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