‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’
Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.
But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.
This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…
One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.
I’ve started this review about 3 times and I am very rarely speechless but I literally cannot accurately portray how much I loved this book. I read Holly Martin’s The Guestbook last year so I am familiar with how fluent and easy Holly’s writing style is however this book was formatted differently to the last so I was interested to see if she could keep up that effortlessness in her writing. I had absolutely nothing to worry about because I finished One Hundred Proposals in 2 days and dreaded having to put it down for the fear that the characters were going to carry on without me. One Hundred Proposals is about best friends Suzie and Harry who set up their own online business which provides help to those planning to propose – from the small, personal gestures to the big, dramatic spectacles. Harry takes the business to a whole new level with his PR stunt to find 100 unique ways to propose to Suzie and ultimately find her the perfect proposal. As they’re jetted off around the world to propose in an array of beautiful countries, cities and locations, Harry has a hidden agenda but Suzie’s heart is getting slightly more broken with each proposal which she so desperately wants to say yes to.
It’s evident by the praise Holly is getting on Twitter that this book is going to be a huge success and it has every right to be. Holly has such a beautifully easy way of telling stories which leaves you hooked and just wanting more and more from the characters she creates which you will come to know and love. Suzie and Harry compliment each other perfectly and their friendship is one that everyone wants in their life. Holly has literally created the perfect book boyfriend in Harry – it is so not normal to fancy a fictional character this much. He was charming, flirty and insanely hot! Suzie was such a delight to read too because she was so normal! She did normal girl stuff like dance around in a cow print onesie and fall over and drop Chinese food on her head and it’s so easy to relate to a scatty character like that who represents most girls today! The first few pages of this book literally had me laughing out loud – which is a rarity for me. It was so jam packed with effortless funnies and didn’t feel awkward or forced which I think is a huge talent for writers to have.
If you haven’t read any of Holly’s work yet, I seriously recommend you do because you are missing out! This was so easy to read that at points I forgot I was even reading. I was so consumed by this story that it began to feel like reality and only when my dog barked in my face did I realise it wasn’t. Holly takes you all over the world in this book to the most far off countries, beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant, energetic cities. It was such a treat to be able to visit all of these immensely well described places right from the comfort of my own bed. At first I had no idea where this story was going as Holly doesn’t give much away. There were a few potential directions it could have gone but the path it did take had my heart pounding and soaring and lurching for everything these characters were feeling. I was crying of happiness and those that know me know I hate romance but this was able to convert even the most sceptical of types and leave me believing in love all over again.
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Holly has been writing for five years, mainly chick-lit novels. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012. Her short story won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition last year and was published in the first Sunlounger anthology. Her fantasy adventure young-adult book, The Sentinel, was published in October and hit three different bestsellers lists within twenty four hours. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 and her novel The Guestbook was released on Valentine’s Day 2014. Her short story Beneath The Bay Bridge is in this year’s Sunlounger 2 anthology