The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

The proposal
Published by Headline in November 2013.

A proposal

When Amy Carrell’s wealthy boyfriend ends their relationship just before Christmas, she’s left to nurse her broken heart alone. With nothing to lose, she replies to an advertisement requesting a companion for a mysterious ‘Manhattan adventure’. 

A journey

Whisked off to New York with eccentric British aristocrat Georgia Hamilton, Amy experiences a glamorous side of the city that she’s never seen before. Along the way, Georgia initiates her protegee in the arts of old-school elegance. 

A secret love buried in time

But as Georgia shares her life lessons, Amy discovers a painful secret in her mentor’s past. A secret that shattered her future. A story of love and betrayal that only Amy has the power to put right.”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

It didn’t take long at all to warm to this intriguing storyline.  The main character Amy was very likeable, unfortunately she went through an upsetting episode at the beginning and this just made me care for her even more.  She stumbled upon an opportunity to return home to New York and jumped at the chance, this was not only a source of excitement for Amy but also for me as I had a feeling the trip would be memorable!

The mysterious Georgia was another wonderful character, when the storyline journeyed back to 1958 I learned about her past which enabled me to get a better sense of her personality.  It turned out that I loved 1958 Georgia just as much as I loved modern-day Georgia!  The whole debutante thing fascinated me, I couldn’t get enough of the glamour, society functions and customs which seemed completely alien to me in this day-and-age.

Reading about New York was fabulous, the atmosphere was sparkling and I loved how the two ladies seemed to come alive as they took in all the city had to offer.  The etiquette lessons were a fun part that I really enjoyed (I’d also like to think that I learned a few new tricks from it).

The further I read, the more scandal emerged and there was one shocking revelation in particular that literally made me gasp out loud – I just found it so hard to believe!  When all the facts were unraveled and everything was clear in my mind, I read the last words with tears in my eyes – it was a truly touching moment.

The main thing that stood out to me whilst reading this book were the characters, the author’s words made me feel so connected to them and pulled me into their lives so perfectly that it was almost like I stood alongside them.

This was a touching read with delightful characters – a big thumbs up from me!


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Deep Blue Sea – Tasmina Perry

Deep blue sea

“Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret…

Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet. With a blissful marriage, a darling son and beautiful homes in London and the country, Diana’s life, to the outside world, is perfect. But nothing is as it seems… 

When Julian dies suddenly and tragically, Diana is convinced there is more to it than meets the eye. She calls on the one person she had never wanted to see again – her sister, Rachel.

A former tabloid reporter, Rachel appears to be living the dream as a diving instructor on a Thai island. The truth is she’s in exile, estranged from her family and driven from her career by Fleet Street’s phone-hacking scandal. 

For Rachel, Diana’s request opens old wounds. But she is determined to make amends for the past, and embarks on a treacherous journey to uncover the truth – wherever it may lead…”

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

The opening of the storyline was a quick but informative scene from Diana and Rachel’s childhood, I felt like I knew their personalities rather well even from just a few pages.  Fast-forward to the present day and the sisters lives couldn’t have been more different, they also appeared to have fallen out with each other and this was something I was keen to find out the reason for.  A hugely traumatic event in Diana’s life brought the two of them back together and this is when the adventure began.

The author covered some hard-hitting subjects but it had been written in an easy, comfortable style which made it a pleasure to read.  I was reeled in to the characters lives until I felt as desperate as Diana to find out the reason for the unexpected event.  As Rachel began to investigate I was captivated by the many twists and turns – I could never predict what was around the corner.

Trips to Chesil Beach and Beaulieu reminded me of my own visits to those places and brought a familiar touch to the storyline.  I also liked the way the author created fantastic chemistry between the characters, there were times when I was holding my breath in anticipation.

Towards the end I thought I had figured out the big mystery but I was completely thinking in the wrong direction and the heart-pounding conclusion shocked me, this book will keep you guessing until the very end!

This was a fantastic read that really captured my imagination – a mystery with heart.

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