Hall of Fame Review: One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin (5/5)

Saturday 5 July 2014
‘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'm writing this review on June 14th but can't share it with you till July 5th which if you're reading this is today! Anyway. Holly Martin was one of the very first people to follow my blog and she is an amazing person. Having never read any of her previous books, the praise she receives from fellow bloggers meant that when I was asked to be part of the blog tour for this book I didn't even have to think about saying yes. I loved the original and unique idea for the plot and once I received my book couldn't wait to get started with it.

Before starting it I kept seeing fellow bloggers Tweeting their thoughts after reading the book and I was amazed! The comments some of them were making made it sound like this book was something really special and after finishing it I can see what excited them so much. It really was a seriously amazing book and I cannot reccommend it enough! Anyone following the blog tour will have probably read some fantastic reviews by now but hopefully mine will still be of interest and if you still have not picked up this book then what are you waiting for?!

First off the cover, how amazing is it? Carina definitely have had some of 2014's best covers. Obviously the book's content is the most important thing but it does help if the book has a brilliant cover that stands out from the crowd and this one definitely does the book justice. I can't bear my favourite books having ugly covers. Luckily the story here was just perfect.

From just the opening chapter I knew I would love Holly's writing. I really enjoyed her style and as the book went on her humour. I am desperate to read her previous books now and will be putting them near the top of my tbr. Suzie and Harry are our main characters and work together on theperfectproposal.com. Suzie was just fantastic and one of the best characters I've ever read about for the reason that she reminds me so much of my own best friend, so many times it was just like reading about her it was really strange. But she's such a lovely person and I felt every single emotion with her throughout this book. I wanted her to get what she wanted so much I was screaming inside whilst reading the book. The friendship with Harry is so believable. From the comedy to the arguments to the heartwarming moments only two real best friends can share.

I absolutely loved the idea for this book. Harry sets out to propose one hundred times in an attempt to find the perfect proposal. After a few rather boring proposals Harry gets the opportunity and the funds to make much bigger proposals and we find ourselves on a journey around the world. I love chick lit that takes you to a foreign country but one that takes you to so many amazing places is quite rare! I really felt like I was in all of the places with Suzie and Harry and completely lost myself in this book and was oblivious to the actual crap world around me. To name even one location would ruin it for the reader as it's best to discover for yourself. And just to give you an idea of how addicted I was to this story I downloaded it to the Kindle app on my iPhone and read it walking home from work. I was desperate to find out how the story would end.

It's almost impossible to even discuss minor parts of the story without ruining it but the whole thing from start to finish was just a joy to read. Alongside the humour there are some really serious elements too. The whole book to me feels very real, all the characters here aren't just the cardboard cut outs you often find in chick lit, they are lovingly created by Holly and are all original and unique and I'm gutted to have reached the end as I could have read about them for a thousand more pages. Obviously we don't get to see every proposal but for me I could've read on and on. The last few chapters especially I was literally on the edge of my seat holding my breath. And what an ending. I was worrying all through the book whether it would live up to what went before but luckily it was fantastic.

Ultimately I don't know what else to say apart from buy and read this book! 'Must read' 'amazing' 'unputdownable' 'perfect' are some of the most overused descriptions in reviews, I use them all the time myself! But I have rarely meant them as much as I do when I use them for this book. If I had to describe it using only one word that is what I would choose. Perfect. It really was and I loved every single page of it.

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