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Una proposta perfetta

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Sophie Apperly è considerata una specie di Cenerentola dalla sua famiglia di accademici che, pur disdegnando il suo grande senso pratico, non perde occasione per approfittare del suo buon cuore e della sua disponibilità. Ma stavolta quegli ingrati dovranno cavarsela da soli perché lei ha deciso di accettare l'invito della sua amica Milly di raggiungerla a New York. E si pr ...more
Hardcover, Obladì obladà, 376 pages
Published October 2011 by Polillo (first published 2010)
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Michelle [Helen Geek]
01/07/2013 -- This story sounded really cute when I requested the ARC. However, I've been reading this thing and it just goes on and on about absolutely nothing. I'm at the 7% mark and feels like I've been reading it FOREVER. Just not grabbing me at all. We have quite a bit of family interaction, with very uninteresting characters. I'm not sure what to do. I don't normally give up on a book so early, but seriously BORED. If you've read this book, and it worth some additional time ... help me!
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 07, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I made the mistake of starting this last night and then pushing on the "just one more chapter" button one too many times and finishing the whole thing in one long night. Which is a sign that you've found yourself an entertaining read.

This was a sweet romance, but I think I actually liked Sophie's bildungsroman/finding-yourself story better. Sophie is such a wonderful character with both her greatest strength and greatest weakness flowing naturally from her love of other people. Sophie is a comfo
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Kate
Some people say that "chick lit," as a genre, resists innovation, that it's formulaic. I am delighted to be able to offer to them evidence to the contrary in the form of A Perfect Proposal. Its author, Katie Fforde, has done the incredible and written a romance with an actual wet dishrag as its heroine.

She gives the dishrag a name ("Sophie") and anthropomorphizes it to some extent--it didn't do that well in school, we're told, but it is charming and pretty--but these facts should not be allowed
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 Mary
May 30, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Chick lit a más no poder, pero de vez en cuando se necesita un libro así.

Es una historia, rápida y dulce. Estaba indecisa entre dos y tras estrellas pero Luke al final le subió el ranking.

Sophie es una joven inglesa que vive con sus padres, es trabajadora a pesar de no tener una carrera propiamente dicha, algo que su familia le recrimina constantemente. A veces en un tanto ingenua y despistada, características propias del chick lit, pero adorable. Su familia por otro lado no la aguanté!!!! Me pa
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Ipshita
This was a nice and quaint read, even if a bit long-winded. I did like the overall story. But the part after Sophie and Luke become romantically involved, and the subsequent misunderstanding did not add much to the story except to make them seem impulsive and rather stupid.
Rebekah
Jan 12, 2014 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What worked: A Perfect Proposal didn't work in any way for me and I actually abandoned it at 30%

What irked: Katie Fforde is one of my favourite authors, sorry, was. Flora's Lot and Practically Perfect are two of my all-time favourite women's fiction novels and I expected a book that would pull at my heart strings and have me flailing all over the place. A Perfect Proposal was a mish mash right from the beginning. Right from the
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Leah
Jun 11, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Apperly is the unintentional black sheep of her family, she isn’t an academic like them, and all they seem to do is boss her around, leaving her with little choice but to do as they please. However, after they send her off to look after her Uncle Earl, Sophie realises her family are nothing but greedy money-grabbers so when her best friend Milly invites her to New York, Sophie jumps at the chance. Sophie loves being in New York and her holiday gets even better when she unintentionally bef ...more
Rea Cobb
Mar 01, 2014 Rea Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently found myself reading many of Katie Fforde books. She seems to have a easy style of writing which manages to keep your gripped. In Whsmiths at the moment you will find one of her more recent books Perfect Proposal and at the moment it is on offer for 3.99.

*Plot*
Sophie Apperly is the black sheep of her family, where her family are all very academic Sophie is better creatively. Her family take her for granted and soon pack her off to look after her rich uncle, which is where Sophi
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Courtnee
Jul 09, 2015 Courtnee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I intentionally picked this book because I've been reading a lot of crime/psychological thrillers lately and I wanted something less intense, a palette cleanser.

I wanted to like this book but I was disappointed. Sophie was such a mess and not in that endearingly quirky British way. I found her quirks- language (golly, gee! There was a point where I actually checked the publication date because the way all of the characters talked was stilted and almost unintentionally old fashioned ), behavior (
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Choi Tang
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Rezl  the Gazelle
Mar 22, 2013 Rezl the Gazelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Welcome to the world of chicklit, where almost all of the female leads are kind-hearted (and conveniently beautiful) and where everyone on planet Earth can be your best friend in just a matter of minutes! And one shouldn't forget that Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome (and RICH) is just around the proverbial corner: you just don't know where or when he'll admit that he has desired you from the very first time he saw you, falalalalala...

The book's ok, albeit cliche, but it made me feel a bit stupid. Af
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Jessica
Mar 31, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, but it was frustrating that the heroine, Sophie, never ever stood up for herself to anyone: parents, love interest, love rival etc, and seemed to spend the whole book letting everyone run roughshod over her with not a lot of growth. I liked the character, just wish she had developed a bit of a backbone at some point instead of seeming like she just let everything happen to her.
LenaLena
Nov 30, 2013 LenaLena marked it as dnf-bitches  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf, chick-lit
I am too old for this book. Or Ms Fforde is too old to be writing this book. It reads like a ham-fisted attempt to appeal to British twenty-something Carrie Bradshaw wannabbees. Blergh.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during An Excess of Chicks: Chick Lit Month (April 2014)

Sophie Apperly is the odd one out in her family. They are all academic and artistic, whereas she's more of a homebody who likes to upscale thrift store finds into interesting creations. Therefore as far as her family are concerned she's a bit dumb and a bit of a dogsbody. To that end they volunteer her to take care of their Uncle Eric in the hope that this little gesture will
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Jacque
Sep 19, 2013 Jacque rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
If you do not like British chick-lit and/or Katie Fforde, then it would probably go down to 2-star. Not Fforde's best, but I liked it for a fast read with the happy ending and as with all her books, I love her narrative style, unique settings and subject matter, and her delightful, fun-loving characters.

Sophie lives with her family of academics, and lacking an academic bent herself, is constantly under-appreciated by them to the point of receiving habitual disparaging treatment. She doesn't ret
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Amy
Oct 16, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: needs-an-editor
I cannot believe this book got published. It was so bad. The writing: awful! The characters: dreadful. The plot: terrible. Seriously, what on earth is up with The Perfect Proposal?
The first problem was the writing. I'm not sure if it improves half way through or if I finally got used to the clunky, wordy style. I nearly put the book down several times because of it. The author constantly tells, tells, tells with little showing. Dialogue is long-winded and awkward. There are paragraphs, pages, ma
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Katie(babs)
Jan 06, 2016 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Fforde is my go to author for everything cute and adorable. A Perfect Proposal is near perfect with the way the story is laid out, and the characters. The HEA is one you want to hug close and not let go. A great combination of Chick-Lit and Romance, as well as a great read for teens and adults alike.

Sophie lives with slightly eccentric and academic family, who spends too much money. At 22, Sophie may be the youngest, but she is the most frugal and thrifty, knowing she must live within her
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Brandee Price
I don't quite know what to say about The Perfect Proposal. It is a likeable book with likeable characters. But here was just something about it that didn't work for me.

Sophie Apperly is a young woman whose entire family are academics. That is all well and good except that there isn't much money in academia apparently. And since Sophie chose not to go to "uni" and instead focus on her talents of altering thrift store clothing into masterpieces, cooking, mending, cleaning, and generally running th
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Dianne
Apr 05, 2013 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say about this novel is WOW! I loved it from beginning to end. I adored the characters –even the ones we are supposed to dislike! This was a sweet, gentle wonderfully written story of a young woman battered down by circumstances and her very selfish family who finally does something for herself. She takes off to visit a girlfriend in New York City and to take a nanny position, thinking that she was going to be close to her pal. What she was not aware of is that the job was in Maine-but ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
A Perfect Proposal is a classic in the making. With two amazing main characters, and great supporting ones, Ms. Fforde has written a novel that is easy to read, and easy to love. Sophie’s attitude toward her unappreciative family makes her lovable and relatable. Getting to take a vacation from the demands of her family, Sophie finds herself in America, with no job and little money. Meeting Matilda, by chance, helps to change her life in a way she’s always hoped for, but thought would never happe ...more
Rosemary Morris
Jan 22, 2014 Rosemary Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Katie Fforde’s romantic novels have never disappointed me. A Perfect Proposal is no exception.

Sophie, the only member of her family who does not have a career, is unappreciated by her family. It seems she is far removed from rich, preppy, American Luke, who stream-lined American girls in his milieu want to marry.

When Sophie goes to Manhattan she is determined to really enjoy herself. Chance brings her into contact with Matilda, Luke’s fabulously wealthy grandmother, a sweet old lady with an iron
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Lynsey
Jul 28, 2012 Lynsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-fluff
I love love love Katie Fforde. I mean, I properly love her! I can not tell you how many times I have re-read her books. She has a style all of her own and I find her books so incredibly comforting. She writes amazing, funny and sassy women and I always wish I knew them. She gives them fascinating jobs or hobbies that really draw me in and make me want to rush out and have a go at whatever it is that they do.

Unfortunately though, on this occasion, this one didn't hit the spot. The first two thir
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Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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Rinie Jaafar
Apr 04, 2013 Rinie Jaafar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, if I may suggest, the best after Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. I enjoy reading this book from the beginning till the end! And at one point, I wish I could stop reading it so that I won't have to finish reading it! I just love how Katie brings in the element of the USA and England at the same time (not even mentioning the vocabulary that I learn from both American and British English). Although I would think that Luke, having been divorced from his first marriage, is not comp ...more
Sheyla ✎
Sophie Apperly has to get away from her family. Her family is all into academics and she is considered the black sheep in the family. However, she is always doing things for them and they don't even appreciate it. So when her friend invites her to New York, she jumps at the chance of leaving England.
In New York she meets an older rich lady and befriends her. At first, her grandson Luke Winchester is not to happy with their friendship but then he becomes attracted to Sophie.
Sophie has to returned
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Cocktails and Books
It was cute & kind of quirky, but there was something a bit convoluted about it. Sophie is an immediately likable character. She's humble, hard-working, caring--just an all around nice girl trying to make her way. When she visits her friend in New York from England and meets a charming elderly lady named Matilda, Sophie's life changes for the better. It just takes a LONG time to get there!

Along the way, she works, helps out her family, makes new friends and connects with family members she
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Ruth
May 14, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is a like able character. She is a giver who is sadly taken advantage of by her family. Her father and siblings are bright, academics who feel that their abilities are worth far more than Sophie's since she has never gone to university. The family has an uncle that they refer to as "Evil Uncle Eric" and since they believe he has money and they could use some cash, they send Sophie off to take care of him. Uncle Eric might be a tad eccentric but Sophie does enjoy being with him and through ...more
Elizabeth Harrison
Mar 06, 2014 Elizabeth Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I absolutely fell in love with this book and recommend it. If you want romance and a love story that makes you want to bang heads then this is for you.

Sophie wants to explore, she wants to figure out what she's doing with her life and whilst on a journey to seek her familys fortune she meets the most irksome man.. and of course she falls in love.
trials and tribulations lie in front, but where it leads her changes her world.

if you don't want soppy and making you feel fuzzy inside dont read this
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Heather
Jun 11, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to really like Katie Fforde, but I've been finding her recent books more grating than enjoyable. Maybe she's trying to be informal, but I noticed cliches/idiom used for shorthand--jarring when a character who's supposed to be American uses British idiom. I found the main character so extremely passive as to be unrelatable, and the love interest uninteresting (main features: rich, handsome, "amazing eyes" but otherwise kind of a dick.) Maybe I should reread an early book and see if it's me ...more
Julie
Sep 21, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read romance genre - well, i never read romance genre. but this was a mindless, fun, quick read and i liked it. it didn't go the direction of most of today's romance genre, for which i was grateful. great literature? no, but a pleasant book that i might read again, when i don't want to have to think much. And that is not a slur against her writing at all. I'd have given it a 3 and a half star rating if they would let me.
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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming. Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until afte ...more
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