Proposal Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 2003
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About the Author
Lori Wick is a multifaceted author of Christian fiction. As comfortable writing period stories as she is penning contemporary works, Lori's books (more than 6 million in print) vary widely in location and time period. Lori's faithful fans consistently put her series and standalone works on the bestseller lists. Lori and her husband, Bob, live with their swiftly growing family in the Midwest. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A brief plot summary-Jennings, a bachelor in Victorian England, has no intention on ever marrying or having children. However, when he unexpectedly finds himself guardian of his very young cousins Penny, James, and Thomas, all of that changes. Despite his stubborness, he sees his need for help and decides to visit his sister, who has four children of her own. Jennings finally discovers God along the way, and it seems that Marianne Walker, Jennings' sister's lovely neighbor, is taking up a large portion of his mind as well...
If nothing else, this book is a great escape from reality. Wouldn't you love a world with sweet, always well-behaved kids and constantly harmonious marriages? With charming neighbors and beautiful country manors and cute comments abounding from the little ones....wouldn't it be lovely? :-) Well, Lori Wick is famous for portraying that kind of world in her books, and if that's what you're looking for, you'll probably relish the first book in this new series.
I have read the other reviews of this book and I think that the other readers should stop and think a little before blasting such a talented writer. I have been a fan of Lori Wick for many years now and own every one of her books. I agree with some of the reviewers that the character development could have been better, and that everything seems hunky-dory. I have enjoyed some of her other books better than this one. But think about it. This is not, I repeat not, a devotional book. It is not really intended to be like modern life or else it would be written in modern times. One reader lambasted the author for trying to be like Jane Austin but falling short of the mark. Ms. Wick herself even goes so far as to say that in her own introduction. Also, anyone who has read or tried to read Austin will know that Wick will have to write for today's audiences since Austin is a hard read for MANY in today's world. Another reader (maybe the same one) stated that the characters seemed stiff and unemotional. Well, read contemporary authors of the early 1800's (Austin, Bronte, etc.) and one will see that the people back then WERE stiff and formal and they did not show their emotions as we do nowadays.
And as for everyone being perfect, including the kids, every once in a while I like to read such a story to inspire me as to how I should be. All of Lori Wick's books have characters who inspire me to be better than I am. This book is chalk full of them. And yes, I do know some kids who are as well behaved as the Jennings and Palmer kids. I was even one of them when I was their age.Read more ›
Another problem is the total lack of real issues and problems in peoples lives. The men are gentlemen and never lust. They are loyal, good fathers and are never seen to have a bad day. The mothers are happy and not harsh with their children. The children are perfect and never squabble, which is not my experience as a homeschooling mother of four. And enough with the servants. Let us see a main female character who manages to do the dishes, laundry, meals, and still have great hair at the end of the day:) Also, once someone is saved they don't make any big mistakes, they say the right thing, and understand spiritual issues perfectly. Please. This is not real life.
My main concern is for young girls reading this and developing an unrealistic view of motherhood and marraige. What happens when he shows himself to be a human being? Not to mention every mom in the world having huge amounts of guilt for having a messy house, not being rich enough for servants, and needing a little time to herself once in awhile. I, for one, would like to see a little more reality in the future.
The characters in The Proposal are flat, boring, and absolutely not to be concerned about. And the plot - I've read it before in other Lori Wick books. Like was noted before, this plot is Sophie's Heart all over again. NOTHING NEW!
Mrs. Wick began as such a good storyteller with limited writing skills that were rapidly improving, but now she seems so much more interested in getting a new book on the shelves every 6 months instead of insuring the quality of her work. She needs to develop new characters with some human flaws, workable plots, and believable conversions.
I would suggest to any new Lori Wick fan that they skip these newest books and read the Kensington Chronicles or The Californians series. They are much, much better.
Not only have I read all of Mrs. Wick's books, but I have bought them with my hard earned money. I may choose not to do so with future books.
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed the period setting; the characters of the children; the romance.
This is appropriate for women - probably mothers.
I am a Christian and thought I would give some romantic fiction a try. I was dissapointed to say the least. Read morePublished on June 25 2004
This book is awesome! I recently became a Christian and I asked my friend Melinda if she had any good books I could read. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Heitor Saraiva
After reading a few of the reviews for this book I was hesitant to pick it up, but in the end I'm glad I did. It wasn't as good as the rest of the series but I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Elizabeth Merry
Ughhh.. I couldn't believe this book. Supposedly it was set in the 1800's england, but if you didn't know that, you could easily assume that it was set in modern day America. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Meg
I have read and own several Lori Wick books. I quite like "Pretense" which I have read and recommended several times. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004
Despite some of the reviews I read, I decided to give it a try and I found it very good. From the beginning you slowly see the changes coming over Jennings as he deals with... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by Eileen A Merry
This is Lori Wick's worst book to date. The characters seem to be made of cardboard. There's a total lack of plot going on. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003 by Shelby Miller
I have only read this one of Lori Wick's books, but I must say I will never read another. I was horrified by the lack of originality. Read morePublished on May 16 2003