Welcome to the first review on The Ramblings Book Club. On the first Sunday of every month, I introduce that month’s book to you and present a review of the previous month’s book. I’m hoping this will open up a discussion of the book in the comment section below. The goal is to read one book a month for a year. Seems slow but its 12 more book I wouldn’t have read otherwise.
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Our first book in The Ramblings Book Club was ‘The Proposal’ by Jasmine Guillory. Freelance writer, Nik, finds herself at a Dodgers game. Benji (her boyfriend) proposes to her on the big scoreboard. You would imagine any girl to say yes. However, since they’ve only been dating 5 months and he spells her name wrong, you can understand why she says no but apparently, the media and rest of the world don’t.
As fans at the game express their disappointment, Carlos and his sister swoop in and save her anymore embarrassment. This became the beginning of a great rebound filled with fun, food and sex, not to mention with a caring, funny doctor! But, is it more?
The Proposal: Book Review
July’s book was ‘The Proposal’ by Jasmine Guillory, a light-hearted and easy to read novel of romance, feminine power, food and varieties of love. It’s written in an easy-to-follow and light-hearted way, making it the perfect summer read by the pool.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the characters. I think it’s the first book I’ve ever read which had a black female lead and majority of the other characters were of varying ethnicities. Not only was it diverse in cultural background but also one of her best friends is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, women that run their own businesses and aren’t afraid to eat or drink however they want. I loved how her and her friends were all so different but could sit around eating pizza and cupcakes and drink whiskey. My kind of girls.
I found Carlos’s character very refreshing. A man with a great career, flashy car and, let’s face it, could get any woman he wanted and yet he was so sensitive and caring. Not just when it came to Nik but to his family and he really showed true loyalty.
My favourite part of the book actually has nothing to do with Nik and Carlos. My favourite parts were when she was with her friends. Obviously, I am glad she found Carlos and they had some really heart-warming moments but ultimately, I loved the relationships she had with her friends. They were always there and they lifted each other up but they weren’t afraid to hit Nik with some home truths when she needed them.
The reason I have only given this book 3 stars is because it just didn’t have enough twists and turns for me. It was all rather straight forward (apart from Benji coming back at the end – so satisfying when she punched him in the face). I found it was a pleasurable read and made me smile in places with good side stories.
To sum up, I would describe this book as a fun, easy, summer read. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below and I will respond to all of them!
This month’s book on The Ramblings Book Club is: ‘The Flatshare’ by Beth O’Leary. I’ve heard great things about this book, so I thought it would be a good one for us to read!
About the Book
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution. Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day. She has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window.
About the Author
Beth O’Leary worked in children’s publishing before becoming a full time author. The Flatshare is her debut novel. The idea for The Flatshare came to Beth when her doctor boyfriend was doing long night shifts. They could go weeks without seeing each other, but she could track his life by how many cups of coffee were left on the counter, by how much he’d eaten and whether the bookmark in his novel had changed locations. It made her wonder – what could you learn about someone if you lived together but never overlapped?
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