One Hundred Proposals, Holly Martin
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Wow – what a read. This book made me laugh and cry. It’s packed with gentle drama and some really deep emotions. I hadn’t got far in ( 11%) when the first big laugh hit me, took me by surprise and made Him Indoors ask me what I’d found so funny. It’s one of those things you have to read in context though, and wasn’t so funny in the retelling. It’s the toilet scene by the way…I think it struck a chord as its just the kind of thing that would happen to me….
Anyway, Harry. What a man, kind, full of fun, goodlooking and Suzie is in love with him. Trouble is they’ve been best friends and work partners in their wedding proposal business for two years now. Harry has been there for her through everything, at her side helping whenever and wherever she needs it. She can’t tell him she loves him though, he always has a string of ladies on the go, so clearly her feelings aren’t reciprocated, she doesn’t need the embarrassment it would bring, and she doesn’t want to lose her best friend. Now he’s got the backing for his latest idea – and its her dream if only it were real, how will she cope with the heartbreak of being asked daily for 100 days the one thing she’d love but isn’t going to get. Oh poor, poor Suzie, what a nightmare, but there’s no way out. I so felt for her, and then when we get parts of the story from Harry’s POV I felt for him too.
Great characters, fabulous humour and some wonderful, imaginative ideas for proposals – it’s a great read. Made me laugh – and at parts it made me cry. I thought I’d got Chloe worked out but was wrong about her, and just kept wanting to scream at both Suzie and Harry – “ just tell him/her!!!” Of course if either did that would certainly shorten the book and spoil the story 🙂 but its so well written that you just want things to work out for them.
Stars: Five, its a real fun read though I’m not sure if I’d re read, but for a one off, feel good romance full of passion and drama its perfect.
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Cracks in the Armor, Helena Hunting
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Well, I loved Cupcakes, Clipped Wings and Inked Armour so was looking forward to this. For me though it didn’t really work. It’s a kind of snippet in time, though I knew it was a short, a novella I thought it would be a story but its more an intro to Sarah and Chris. We learn a bit more about both of them, their background, where they currently work and why, and how they got together. We see a bit more of Hayden too ( and TK!) in his new home with Tenley although she’s not actually in at the time but out with the other girls, while the lads have a boys night in..
It’s an interesting read, but one I could have left alone easily. I love reading but really want a whole story, not just background info….if you’re keen on knowing more about the characters though this is a nice intro to Chris and Sarah and I think they’ll make a good book to read.
Stars: three – the writing style as ever is excellent – it’s just I was expecting a story, and this is more like a quick vignette.
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