"One Hundred Proposals" by Holly Martin
Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Best friends Suzie and Harry run The Perfect Proposal website, helping those in love find the perfect way to pop the question. Their business is doing well, even if their own love lives are not. When Harry comes up with a way to take their business into the big leagues however, there may be more drama on the way.
Harry has decided that he will find one hundred different ways to propose to Suzie over one hundred days in a bid to find her perfect proposal. But all Suzie sees is one hundred days of heartbreak as she secretly holds a love for Harry, something she knows will never be returned. How does a woman in love handle being asked “will you marry me” when she knows she can’t say yes?
One Hundred Proposals is the newest novel from Holly Martin, writer of The Guestbook. And just like that novel, this one is absolutely fantastic.
Only one week into the holidays and I already know that this is going to be one of my favourite reads of the summer. Exotic locations and amped-up romance? Yes please. This is the perfect book to whisk you away from real life. You don’t have to be an ultra-romantic to find pleasure in reading it either.
Both characters are ones that the reader takes to instantly. I like how Holly makes them well-rounded and spends time on their back stories, developing them as people rather than just focusing on the situations that are happening to them. I will say though that they are extremely frustrating! Like many of the people in the book who comment on the blog, I wanted to scream at them through the pages! But that only makes the book more enjoyable and definitely keeps you turning the page.
The proposals in this book are fantastic, Holly must have had a lot of fun dreaming them up. I was thrilled to see so much time being spent in Canada, a country that isn’t usually mentioned in chick lit but that Holly was able to show off so spectacularly. This book takes you around the world as Harry proposes in some of the most breath-taking places and ways. I’d love to share my favourites, but I think everyone should discover them by reading them. Of course, the book doesn’t include all one hundred, many days are skipped over (yes, slight twinge of disappointment there.) But getting caught up in the romance and hoping that Harry and Suzie can come to their senses make this one incredible novel.
Holly Martin has once again written an engaging, lovely, and unique novel. This is a book that will keep you up until the wee hours reading or once again ordering pizza for dinner because you don’t want to put the book down to go and cook for your family (not that I did that.) Five stars, a fantastic summer read.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley. The opinions expressed above are my own.