I'm a big fan of Katie Fforde's romantic comedies. I've said before they all feature strong, independent women trying to find their own way in the world. As romances, there's always a happy ending. Sometimes, that's just what you need in life. A Perfect Proposal, her latest book, was a light, fluffy story, just perfect this week. And, it really reminded me of one of my favorite fluffy movies, Letters to Juliet.
At twenty-two, Sophie Appleby was the youngest in her family. She wasn't an academic like the rest of the family, so she wasn't considered the "brainy" one. In fact, her family tended to take it for granted that she would always be there to cook, clean, and take care of everything around the house. Since her family always needed money, though, they sent her to spent a couple weeks with "Evil-Uncle-Eric", hoping he might give her money. Instead, she found he wasn't so evil, and found a taste of independence. Determined to get a little time away from her family, she leaves England for New York City to visit a friend and make some money with a temporary job as a nanny.
When the nanny job fell through, Sophie stayed a little longer with her friend, ending up at an art show that changed her life. It was there she met Matilda Winchester. Sophie and Matilda immediately bonded, but Matilda's grandson, Luke, was suspicious. He thought Sophie was out to take advantage of his grandmother. And, when Matilda invites Sophie to their Connecticut home for Thanksgiving, he's still suspicious and protective of his grandmother.
After Sophie returned to England with plans for her future, she was surprised when Luke showed up there, needing her help. The preppy, good-looking attorney, one of New York City's most eligible bachelors, actually needed Sophie's help. And, her work on a family search could use a lawyer's touch. She just feared that he'd think she was as mercenary as the rest of her family.
As usual, Fforde offers a fun romance. Sophie is much stronger, and more independent than she gives herself credit for, since her family has put her down for so long. And, it's time someone appreciated her gifts. First it was "Evil-Uncle-Eric", then Matilda Winchester. But, just as in the movie, Letters to Juliet, there's a very protective grandson looking out for his grandmother. And, just as in the movie, Luke and Sophie end up on a quest on behalf of his grandmother.
If you're a fan of romantic comedies, take a chance on Katie Fforde's delightful romantic comedies. A Perfect Proposal is the latest in a string of warm, charming stories.
Katie Fforde's website is www.katiefforde.com
A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde. St. Martin's Press. 2013. ISBN 9781250024299 (hardcover), 384p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I'd review it.