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The Proposal [Paperback]

Lori "Wick "
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Jan. 1 2009 The English Garden Series (Book 1)

Lori Wick's bestselling English Garden series (more than 720,000 copies sold) is filled with engaging characters and stories. Now with fresh, new covers, each of the four books in the series will hold a favorite spot on the nightstand or bookshelf of any reader who loves a great romance.

The Proposal, book one in the series, is set in 1810 London, England. William Jennings has never been interested in marriage and family. So when a relative dies and leaves Jennings three young children, his world turns upside down.

Thrilled to have boys to carry on his name, William invests time in the two brothers, but the little girl is tended to by a negligent nanny. Finally, Jennings seeks help from his sister and soon becomes acquainted with her neighbor, Marianne Walker. Her strength and faith intrigues Jennings, but will he allow himself to fall for her and the God she loves?


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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but still very good June 9 2002
I really enjoyed reading this book and hope that Lori's next one is just as good or better. It was a fun, easy read that took me to another place and time where my imagination could soar.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was just too "perfect" June 25 2004
By A Customer
I am a Christian and thought I would give some romantic fiction a try. I was dissapointed to say the least. The story was not bad, although predictable but the characters were just not fleshed out..not real. Everyone and everything was so cookie cutter perfect like the old sictoms from the 50's. Maybe in the world I came from I just could not relate. We as christians are flesh and bone with goodness and with FLAWS. I must say in Wick's defense I usually do not like fiction novels and her sentimentality was sweet but lacked realism in the characters
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5.0 out of 5 stars My proposal to you April 15 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. She knows me pretty well, and told me she had just the right series for me to read. Before reading this book I had read maybe 2 books my whole life, so this was pretty new territory for me. This book completely blew me away. The story was beautiful and I felt in love with the characters. The most amazing thing about this book was that not only was it a great story, but it really spoke to me. God put a great desire in me to have kids and to take care of them. I have read the four books on this series and the only thing that disappoints me is that there aren't more books to the series. This book and the English Garden Series touched my life, and I would recommend it to all people of all ages.
P.S. -I have another really good book that all should read
"The Bible" :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great April 14 2004
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.
Jennings has "inherited" three children and isn't quite sure how to handle it and has some trouble getting started. He decides that a trip to his estranged sister's home is in order.
There he meets a woman who he thinks will be a wonderful mother for his children and tells her so, but Marianne won't consent to a marriage of convenience. When Jennings actually does fall for her, she won't believe his proposal genuine, so he sets out to prove her wrong.
You can see Jennings slowly growing in his faith through-out the book, not one of her best, but still very enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 45 pages and that was enough for me! April 8 2004
By Meg
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. Nothing in the book makes it uniquely English. The reading level is elementry at best. Don't even bother buying this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best effort Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
I have read and own several Lori Wick books. I quite like "Pretense" which I have read and recommended several times. I love gardens and England so I've been anxious to start this series, which I luckily checked out from the library. This book was just bad. There was no character development. The 'Englishy' part was totally missing, I felt more like it was all happening in Vermont than in England, no local slang, no period accents. It was totally predictable. I've never written a bad review on amazon before, as I love to encourage authors and readers, but I was compelled to share today. No conflict. The scenes of horses involve no horse knowledge. The scenes of gardening involve no garden knowlege. Hardly any dialogue except arranging elaborate meetings and parties, that require no effort. I will not read any more in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
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 more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by Eileen A Merry
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it.
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 more
Published on Aug. 18 2003 by Shelby Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars could not finish
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 more
Published on May 16 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars The Proposal
Not one of the better books. It was rather predictable. But Book 2 was much better. I'm ordering book 3 now.
Published on Feb. 25 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars A mix of Jane Austen
This is the second Lori Wick book I have read. I loved the first! This book was somewhat a disappointment because I felt like characters and situations were ripped right from the... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003 by Kate Jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book is incredible! If you haven't read it, then you need to! It's so good!
Published on Nov. 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars a Great book!
I really enjoyed, "The Proposal," by Lori Wick, and plan to read it again in the future. I think it was really well written entertaining and gives people some values and... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002 by Rosella Ann Myles
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Light
I honestly cannot figure out why everyone seems so set on hating this book. Certainly, "The Proposal" is very similar in theme to Lori's other books, but in my mind it is... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Allyn
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