Amy Carroll is left heartbroken when her rich boyfriend dumps her just before Christmas. A native New Yorker with no money to fly home, she faces a lonely Christmas. Eccentric British aristocrat Georgia Hamilton has unfinished business in New York and puts an advert out for a companion to travel with her over Christmas. The solution to both their problems.
The story takes place in modern day with flashbacks to the 1950’s and Georgia’s days as a debutante. I didn’t realise we still had debutantes as late as that, I assumed it had all died out years previously. It was really interesting seeing snippets of what life was like for someone in that situation, and the descriptions were both vivid and colourful.
The story itself is quite simple – a tale of lost love, regrets, betrayal and ultimately new beginnings, but the writing is very descriptive and emotive. It certainly managed to make me cry. I will say the ending was not exactly what I hoped for, but it was good and I finished the book in a happy place. It’s always very important to me that books should leave me feeling satisfied!
The two female leads initially seem quite different but this book shows how alike they are and how young women in any generation have similar problems! Amy is awkward in Georgia’s wealthy world, just as in the 1950’s when Georgia was a debutante who did not really fit in.
The 1950’s story unfolds gradually as we are transported between modern day Manhattan and 1950’s London. Once the true tragedy of Georgia’s situation becomes clear, Amy is determined to do what she can to put it right.
This is primarily Georgia’s story but along the way Amy discovers herself and realises that she deserves more than she has been settling for. Both the characters are likeable and Georgia in particular is just how I would like to be as an old lady (but without the tragic past obviously!)
Overall, The Proposal is an emotional read which leaves you reeling and I defy anyone to not shed at least a few tears through this.