Sweet Proposal is a contemporary romance/chick-lit novel with some more serious issues. Set in the fictional town of Clayton-on-the-Bream (well I can’t find it on any map, anyway!), it tells the story of a Geordie (that’s someone from Newcastle in Northumberland for those of you that don’t know) called Leo, who moves down south in order to open up a shop. Only this isn’t going to be just any old shop. It’s going to have books, chocolate and a Jacuzzi — could there be a better combination?
He arrives in Clayton-on-the-Bream in search of Mab, and as luck would have it, finds her pretty quickly. It seems they have a friend in common, and Leo’s determined that Mab is the woman to help him out with his new venture.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Mab. Her job is dead end; she’s about to be thrown out of her flat; and she’s hiding another secret that she’ll soon be forced to come clean about. On the other hand, Leo’s offering an excellent job and accommodation, so she takes him up on it. There’s soon a sexual tension building between the two, but what with Mab’s secret and the fact that Leo’s engaged to the flighty Sophie, nothing can ever happen between them, and they do their best to ignore their feelings.
As their family and friends wade in to help with “The Chocolate Project,” things get busy and the two of them don’t have much time to sort out their own personal lives and problems. But life has a way of throwing things at you, and before long, they’re forced to make some important decisions. Will it be for the best, though?
Sweet Proposal is an excellent read. The writing is very engaging, funny in all the right places, and the characters all feel very real. Despite the more serious issues covered, the book remains light-hearted and one that had me eagerly turning the digital pages to find out what happened next.
Overall, a warm, funny and heart-warming read that’ll appeal to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I look forward to the author’s next offering.