Review: The Proposal

The Proposal Book Cover

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry, published August 2014 by Headline Review.

Read: October 2015
Genre: Adult/Romance/Historical/Contemporary
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 416
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Goodreads Synopsis: 1958. At eighteen, Georgia Hamilton is sent to London for the Debutante Season. Independent, and with secret dreams to be a writer, she has no wish to join the other debs competing for a husband. But when tragedy strikes, her fate appears to have been sealed.

2012. Hurrying to meet her lover, Amy Carrell hopes tonight will change her destiny. And it does – but not in the way she imagined. Desolate and desperate to get out of London, she accepts a position as companion to a mysterious stranger, bound for Manhattan – little knowing she is about to unlock a love story that has waited fifty years to be told. And a heart waiting to come back to life…

The Review

As you can see, I read this book quite a while ago, and I’m only getting to review it now. I can’t not review this book, but we’re going to be relying on what I can remember in detail from 9 months ago… Should this review fall short, I remember this: adored  this book and gave it 5/5*. I never give 5/5*…

This book is the definition of subtle perfection. I spotted that beauty of a cover when I was out doing my weekly food shop, and I just couldn’t walk past it. I’ve seen the original cover for this novel, which portrays it as some kind of contemporary “chick lit” or “women’s fiction”. I agree with neither of these awful categorisations, and I agree even less with their stereotypical bubble-gum caricature book covers. But, I digress.

I love that this novel is dual point-of-view, and dual timeline. I used to be particular about what historical eras I’d read about, but a couple of fantastic books from obscure time periods, mean that now, I’ll give anything a go. The glitz and glamour of the Debutante Season in Georgia’s story gave me definite vibes of Gossip Girl, if only a slightly more mature version, while Amy’s modern-day difficulties and relationship woes were all too relatable. Although there is a considerable age difference, Georgia and Amy’s developing friendship is lovely to read about, and I was surprised by how much I really connected with Georgia.

Make no mistake, this is not a particularly light or fluffy read. There were certain plot points I didn’t see coming, that truly had me gripped! These darker elements run in the background of the story, and there is an obvious commentary on social class, and the role of a woman in marriage. Some Feminist ideals are carefully brought into question, and not everyone might agree with the sentiment. However, this reader is one great big feminist, and I did not take offence, nor did I start burning this book. So I’m sure you’ll survive.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read, and was totally swept away to a different time and place. I shed a tear or five by the end of the novel, and this is definitely a book I’ll be keeping, and rereading!

The Rating


Have you read The Proposal, or any other books by Perry? Let me know your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!

About Rachel

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