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Review: One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin


One Hundred Proposals
by Holly Martin

Published by Carina UK
on June 25 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
Review: One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin

One Hundred Proposals book is adorable, so long as you’re not too averse to the “just TALK to each other!” style of romantic obstacle. To be fair, Harry and Suzie are the best of best friends as well as being business partners, so the potential fallout should The Talk go wrong would be pretty devastating. And they’ve been devastated quite enough in life, what with Suzie’s brother’s death eight months ago, and Harry’s undisclosed childhood trauma.

Suzie and Harry’s business is, which does what it says on the tin: they arrange tailor-made proposals, from the intimate to the extravagant. After going viral, their “100 Proposals” stunt goes global. Suzie and Harry travel around the world together, with Harry arranging amazing (or naff) ersatz proposals from Alaska to Australia. Or perhaps the proposals aren’t so fake?

There’s a whole lot of swallowed feelings and jealousy in this book, so be prepared for that – but it’s also lovely and well-written, leaving us barracking for Suzie and Harry no matter how inarticulate they may be. All Harry wants is for Suzie to believe that his proposals are real. And all Suzie wants is to say “yes”.

And the firefly proposal is gorgeous.

“Dancing in the pockets of the cave walls were hundreds of fireflies, sparkling like fairy lights.

Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.

The fireflies started to gather together and slowly a shape was formed. I frowned in confusion and then within seconds the words, ‘Suzie, Marry Me,’ stood proud against the cave walls, written by the fireflies.   […]

‘So what do you think?’ Harry said. ‘Is this the perfect proposal?’

‘It’s definitely one of your best, very romantic.’ I focused my attention on the photos I was taking. They were going to look fantastic with the waterfall in soft focus in the background and the fireflies in sharp detail set against the inky blue light of the moon.

‘But still not the perfect proposal?’

‘Not for me, but someone else would love it.’ I watched the faces of the other tourists fall at my callous response.”


I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

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