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#BlogTour! #Review – The Proposal by S.E.Lynes (@SELynesauthor) @Bookouture

I am delighted to be one of today’s stops on S.E.Lynes’ blog tour for ‘The Proposal’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…

Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man.

He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

What does TWG think?

Omg that first line! What an opening! I had no qualms in becoming gripped by S.E.Lynes’ latest novel thanks to that intriguing first page. A brilliant, brilliant start.

I mean this in the nicest way possible, and I’m probably not the first person to say this, BUT, oh my flipping goodness – this author’s mind is as mad as a box of frogs! Yes, that is actually a compliment! I spent a good portion of the novel with the words ‘what on Earth….’ and ‘wtf?!?!’ going through my mind on repeat. Seriously. The main character, Pippa, is dead, yet she’s talking to us like we know that she is dead. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was bloomin’ clever, that’s for sure, but again, what the heck?! Like I’ve already said, i’m meaning all of this complimentary. I may have been dumfounded by Pippa’s escapades, yet I couldn’t put the book down as I had to know how she became deceased, and why.

Of course the author introduces us to a lot more characters than just Pippa, each with their own intriguing yet highly colourful personalities. Well…except Ryan. He’s a bit of a….welllllll, let’s just say that my opinion of him is in no way as complimentary! Again, very cleverly written and very well thought out, but I still thought he was a donkey.

‘The Proposal’ is brilliantly written and has so much substance in the storyline which is most likely to keep readers on the edge of their seats in suspense….and confusion! S.E.Lynes clearly knew what she was doing when she wrote this book as it seemed to tick several boxes I never knew needed ticked. If you’re after a highly gripping, intense, suspenseful, and twisted novel which will leave your jaw dropping and lightbulbs waiting to have their ‘lightbulb moment’, then ‘The Proposal’ would be the perfect read for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if I did end up confused by Pippa, but in all honesty, I think my confusion added to my enjoyment of the book as it meant I was focusing 100% on every conceivable little detail (well, or so I thought!).

This is my most favourite book S.E.Lynes has written so far! She has certainly set the bar high with this one, that’s for sure!

Buy now!

About the author.

After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen to be with her husband. In Aberdeen, she worked as a producer at BBC Radio Scotland before moving with her husband and two young children to Rome. There, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington. 

3 thoughts on “#BlogTour! #Review – The Proposal by S.E.Lynes (@SELynesauthor) @Bookouture

  1. I did start this book, it didn’t seem to capture me, so I shifted to a fantasy book. Maybe I should have persevered… Will try on Monday


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