'Once Upon a Story' is a weekly feature in which we go back in time and focus on a specific novel that was released in the same month we're in right now (in this case May), but a few years back! It can be a women's fiction classic from the 1990's or perhaps a great chick lit read from 2011. I thought it would be nice to not just focus on recent releases, but also take the chance to jump back in time once a week and look back at wonderful reads that have been released over the years!
Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others - but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she's had enough.So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.
From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure.And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts.English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend - though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.
When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out.But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own - and so Luke has a proposal to make...
Katie Fforde is without a doubt an author many of you will know really well or you will at least have spotted some of her novels in book stores, because she has been around within the world of women's fiction for quite a few years now. She has written more than 20 novels and today I decided to travel back to June 2010 to take a look at 'A Perfect Proposal.' I have to admit I haven't read the book myself (yet, it's still lying on my to-read shelf at home), but as soon as I read the blurb I had a feeling I'd love it. Sophie goes to the USA for a big adventure where she meets Matilda and her grandson Luke. I already love the plotline; nothing like a heroine travelling to another country to find herself and perhaps a bit of romance as well... I look forward to picking up this novel myself and can definitely recommend any Katie Fforde book to any chick lit/women's fiction fan!