A PER­FECT PRO­POSAL

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds - Re­view by Lisa Moore

By Katie Fforde (Cen­tury £14.99)

THERE are times in your life when only a good old ro­mance will do; and with my own wed­ding pend­ing and the sun shin­ing, A Per­fect Pro­posal seemed like the per­fect read. The 16th novel by best­selling author Katie Fforde of­fers pure es­capism, with en­gag­ing char­ac­ters and a sto­ry­line that will make you smile. The story cen­tres around So­phie Ap­perly, the un­der­dog of her fam­ily who is never taken se­ri­ously. So, when her best friend Milly in­vites her to New York, she de­cides to spread her wings. At the same time, she’s on a quest, to dis­cover if Amer­ica holds the key to solv­ing her fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial woes. Dur­ing an evening at an art gallery in Man­hat­tan, So­phie meets Matilda, a spir­ited old lady who ends up invit­ing her to Con­necti­cut for Thanks­giv­ing. So­phie ac­cepts – much to the an­noy­ance of Matilda’s grand­son Luke – who doubts So­phie’s mo­tives for be­friend­ing her. As So­phie un­der­takes to help Matilda search for a house in Eng­land, Luke agrees to help So­phie in her quest to dis­cover if there’s money in the fam­ily’s oil rights. There’s a spark be­tween the pair that they can­not deny, but will Luke’s busi­ness part­ner, the gor­geous Ali get in the way? It’s an en­joy­able sum­mer read that will keep you en­ter­tained and en­grossed.

DIE TWICE (Mac-Macmil­lan £12.99) by An­drew Grant

Thriller writ­ing tal­ent must run in the fam­ily be­cause Grant’s brother is best­selling­ing Lee Child. No one-man-ma­n­army Jack Reacher here ofof course, but I reckon Reacher would be happy to work with Bri­tish Naval In­tel­li­gence Of­fi­cer David Trev­ellyan whom you can meet in the de­but book Even (Pan £6.99). Here, Trev­ellyan is plunged into an­other rough­house of a story that de­mands all his deadly skills as he goes af­ter a rogue agent with a ter­ri­fy­ing agenda.

THE OB­SCURE LOGIC OF THE HEART (Dou­ble­day £12.99) by Priya Basil

The young Kenya-born writer shows the depth of her tal­ent with this beau­ti­fully crafted and thought-pro­vok­ing story of Lina, a de­voted Mus­lim girl who meets and falls for Anil, a fel­low stu­dent at a uni­ver­sity in London. Lina and Anil are as chalk and cheese, but there is an at­trac­tion that can­not be de­nied. But Lina feels com­pelled to hide her re­la­tion­ship from her par­ents in a story that con­fronts many hu­man is­sues. THE CHO­SEN ONE (Harper Collins £7.99) by Sam Bourne Hopes are high that Amer­ica has found a great new Pres­i­dent in Stephen Baker and White House ad­vi­sor Mag­gie Costello is a be­liever. Then the mys­te­ri­ous Vic Forbes emerges with shock­ing claims and the prom­ise of a rev­e­la­tion that will de­stroy Baker. When Forbes is mur­dered, Mag­gie fears the Pres­i­dent may have had him si­lenced and em­barks on a dan­ger­ous mis­sion to get to the truth in this bril­liant thriller.

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