REVIEW: So far, I have loved every book that I’ve read by Denise Hunter. I recently finished A Novel Proposal and I have to say I just liked the book. I wasn’t in love with it. I did enjoy it and it was entertaining. It just lacked something that I could not put my finger on.
The story had to do with an author who is losing her contract and the publisher wants her to write a romance book. She loves Westerns and is trying to follow in her Grandfather’s footsteps. He was a well known writer of Westerns. She is a good writer but, Westerns are not a hot seller these days. Hence, the change.
There is a romance story within this book. There are epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. They tell you how to write a romance novel and let you know what way the book is headed. It was a cute idea and a little interesting but, as a reader I’m not so sure I wanted to know where the book was headed or how to write a romance novel. I just want to read and enjoy without worrying about the mechanics. That’s just me.
I still enjoyed the book. The characters and the plot were interesting. I just wouldn’t put it up there as high as some of her other books. If you think about it though, the interesting thing is the title of the book has a few meanings within the book. Let me know what you think about The Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter. Until next time…Happy Reading!
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SYNOPSIS: From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a sweet and sizzling story of a romance writer surprised by her own happily ever after.
When novelist Sadie Goodwin is forced to stop writing westerns and charged with penning a contemporary romance novel to rescue her lackluster sales, there’s only one tiny problem: She’s never been in love.
Desperate to salvage her career, Sadie begins devouring romance novels. Knowing she must devote herself to this confounding genre, she accepts an invitation to hole up at her friend’s beach duplex for the summer. Where better to witness love in bloom than on the beautiful North Carolina shore?
However, once ensconced in the charming ocean-front home with her sweet maltipoo Rio, she finds many ways to procrastinate. First there’s the beach, right outside her backdoor, with all its interesting visitors (research). Then there’s the free library she decides to build and set up by the back deck (She has to do something with all those romance novels). To say nothing of Sam Ford, the grumpy neighbor on the other side of the duplex . . . who she can’t seem to stop annoying.
A social butterfly by nature, Sadie soon gets to know all the beach regulars—sunbathers, walkers, and surfers alike. The free books draw a crowd right up to the house for nice little book chats, which further irritates her reclusive neighbor, to break up her “writing.” But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie opens a recently-placed novel to find a secret compartment—and tucked inside is a beautiful engagement ring. To whom does the ring belong? Sadie is convinced she needs to find the owner and save the man’s proposal from certain doom.
She draws a reluctant Sam into the project, and slowly their connection begins to develop. Are these weird fluttery feelings the first stirrings of love? Has Sadie managed to stumble upon the very subject about which she must write—and wouldn’t Sam make the perfect alpha hero?
Will Sadie find the ring’s rightful owner? And will she manage to pen a career-saving romance novel by summer’s end?