The Proposal by Mary Balogh

66%

16 Critic Reviews

With all the hurt in this book, I found it to be very slow. Hugo is very blunt, and not a man with a lot of words. Pairing him up with Gwen, who is a little cold at first, it was hard to get into this couple.
-Smexy Books

Synopsis

“This is Mary Balogh at her riveting best.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
 
Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo is a gentleman in name only: a war hero whose bravery earned him a title, a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. Hugo doesn’t wish to court Gwen, yet he cannot resist her guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face. He wants her, but will she have him? The dour ex-military officer who so gallantly carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, Hugo captivates her more—with his desire, with his love, and with the promise of forever.
 
“[Mary Balogh] writes with wit and wisdom. . . . The Proposal is both moving and entertaining and the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding series.”—Romance Reviews Today
 
“A historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth.”—Publishers Weekly

Includes a preview of Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement.
 

About Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Secret Mistress, the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Delacorte Press. 321 pages
Genres: Romance, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Proposal
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Beautifully characterized and with a gracefully developed romance, this is a historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth from one of the best writers in the genre.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd

... I would strongly recommend this novel to any lover of historical romance or really romance in general. It is a lovely tale about two people finding they are best when they face the world together.

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CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn on Jul 02 2012

Bottom line: THE PROPOSAL was a glorious story, it had angst, lovely supporting characters, and a quite beautiful and sensual romance.

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Smexy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Mandi on Apr 30 2012

With all the hurt in this book, I found it to be very slow. Hugo is very blunt, and not a man with a lot of words. Pairing him up with Gwen, who is a little cold at first, it was hard to get into this couple.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Sarrah Knight

The Proposal was fresh and sweet, even considering it's of a genre and from an author that are perennially both.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Janet Webb on May 01 2012

The Proposal quietly and movingly explores the love story of two people who always communicate honestly, often with dry, self-deprecating humor.

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The Brazen Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 30 2012

It has all the hallmarks of a Balogh book — lovely descriptions, well-defined characters, sweet dialogue (if slightly on the stilted side) — but it was missing her standard romantic spark.

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Impressions

Good
Reviewed by Hilcia on May 08 2012

It is still a historical romance that I recommend if you like character driven novels with a subtle touch.

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The Bookwyrm's Hoard

Good
Jun 11 2012

Interesting, sympathetic characters are a hallmark of Mary Balogh's writing, and The Proposal does not disappoint in this arena.

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Rosario's Reading Journal

Good
Reviewed by Rosario on May 17 2012

Balogh caught and kept my attention through having fantastic characters, each of whom had very real issues they needed to work through.

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It's My Genre, Baby

Below average
May 06 2012

It is a book of missed opportunity. Balogh builds a wealth of back history for the characters and then does nothing with it.

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Romance at Random

Good
Reviewed by Jane Bowers on May 03 2012

THE PROPOSAL is both moving and entertaining and the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding series.

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A Girl, Books and Other Things

Below average
Reviewed by Alex on Jun 28 2012

...I felt like there was a lot of info-dump in this book, the narration went on and on, and the characters talked and talked, but the story were no where for a lot of the book.

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Kay's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Kay on May 10 2012

This was a slow read for me, dare I say laborious.

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Aneca's World

Good
Reviewed by Ana T. on Jun 01 2012

...she moves me to tears one minute and makes me give a happy sigh the next.

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Gigi's Romance Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Gigi on May 20 2012

Mary Balogh writes some of the best sex scenes. She handles them with taste but does not leave out the feelings of passion and love

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