Tuesday, March 21, 2023

A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

When western novelist Sadie Goodwin must pen a romance novel to rescue her lackluster sales, there’s only one tiny problem: she’s never been in love.

Desperate to salvage her career, Sadie accepts an invitation to hole up at her friend’s beach duplex for the summer and devote herself to this confounding genre. After all, where better to witness love than on the beautiful South Carolina shore?

But Sadie soon finds many ways to procrastinate the dreaded task—like getting to know the beach regulars and installing a Little Free Library on the property. She even attempts conversation with Sam Ford, the frustratingly stubborn neighbor on the other side of the duplex. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie finds inside her library an abandoned novel with a secret compartment—and a beautiful engage­ment ring tucked inside.

Suddenly, locating the ring’s owner becomes the perfect way to put off writing that romance. Sadie draws a reluctant Sam into her mission. And as the two close in on an answer to the mysterious proposal, she discovers a tender side to him. She begins to wonder if he just might make the perfect hero for her romance novel—or maybe even her heart.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a sweet and sizzling story of a romance writer surprised by her own happily ever after.

Denise Hunter is the internationally published, bestselling author of more than forty books, three of which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won the Holt Medallion Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Carol Award, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking chai lattes, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana, where she and her husband raised three boys and are now enjoying an empty nest and three beautiful grandchildren. DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: @AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: @deniseahunter.

Denise Hunter is one of those authors whose books I look forward to reading every time. She knows how to write a beautiful love story that will keep me entertained from start to finish. I have read many of her previous novels and enjoyed absolutely every one of them... but none as much as I enjoyed this one! 

I love book-ish books. Books about authors or book needs. Books with a library or bookstore setting. All the book-ish things... and this one was most certainly bookish. The heroine of the story is an author who is supposed to write a romance novel, despite never having been in love. While she's on a beach getaway trying to find inspiration, she sets up a Free Little Library and soon discovers a book with an engagement ring inside. Books, books, books... everywhere! I loved the idea behind this story so much, and it was executed brilliantly too. I could not stop reading. It was also fun to see some authors/books that I enjoy named throughout as well... it really was just the perfect book for fans of romance books. I've loved Denise Hunter's books in the past, but for me, this one has definitely become a new favorite. If you love a clean romance, this is a must-read. 


  1. I am looking forward to this one!! I love Little Free Libraries and I love Denise Hunter's books!!!!


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