Friday 8 November 2013

Review: The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

Just say yes to this unforgettable read and take a spellbinding, romantic journey from the dazzling days of the debutantes in 1950s London to glamorous modern Manhattan.

When Amy Carrell's wealthy boyfriend ends their relationship just before Christmas, she's left to nurse her broken heart alone. With nothing to lose, she replies to an advertisement requesting a companion for a mysterious 'Manhattan adventure'. 

Whisked off to New York with eccentric British aristocrat Georgia Hamilton, Amy experiences a glamorous side of the city that she's never seen before. Along the way, Georgia initiates her protegee in the arts of old-school elegance. 

But as Georgia shares her life lessons, Amy discovers a painful secret in her mentor's past. A secret that shattered her future. A story of love and betrayal that only Amy has the power to put right.

Review: this was a bit of a mixed one for me. I was lucky enough to receive an advance proof copy of this which was present beautifully and tied with a blue ribbon. I love the cover of the book, I love the concept but the inside just didn't really wow me. The book was split into two time zones, 1958 and 2012. I found myself rushing thought he 1958 sections to try and find out what was going to happen in the 2012 sections...

I thought the concept of the book, the American younger dancer, Amy, becoming a companion to older, wiser Georgia and them going on a trip to New York together. I really liked this aspect but I was disappointed that more wasn't made of their time in New York, I expected a brilliant description of the setting, or their outings, and whilst there was definitely some of this, there just wasn't enough for my liking. I really liked then storyline with Amy and her old fiends and old boyfriend and would've liked to have seen more made of this. The storyline with Georgia in the 1958 had a lot more description. I liked reading about her time in Oxford, being able to spot places she was visiting in modern day Oxford, her relationship with Edward also received a lot more detail, I just didn't enjoy these sections as much as the modern day sections. 

I thought the idea of Georgia having a secret in her past and this only being released at the end of the novel was a really good idea, however I felt that after her secret was revealed, the novel just ended. We didn't really get to find out what happened to Amy and her potential romances. This novel had. Great potential and was a really lovely concept but it was just lacking in a couple of parts for me. It was any enjoyable read and one I sped through really quickly, but I definitely want to find out what happened to Amy and whether she got her proposal or not!

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