estate, Lady Margaret, the daughter of an English Earl, is betrothed due to a family promise. Although Henry, the Viscount Rolantry, has been her best friend since childhood and she is expected to marry him, she never felt butterflies until she meets the Duke of Witherton. Against her father’s wishes, Margaret finds herself captivated by the forbidden duke. Caught between family loyalty and her own wishes, Margaret searches for a way to satisfy both her responsibilities and her longings. When tragedy strikes, Margaret finds herself seeking answers at church. But when she finally makes her choice, through her newfound faith, will she be able to live with the repercussions of her decision?
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"She felt trapped between what she wanted for herself and the future her father had chosen for her."
"What makes love, love?" Certainly not an arranged marriage to a life-long friend. Lady Margaret is the young daughter of an English earl whose sheltered life has ill prepared her for the temptations that wealth and beauty can so hastily bestow. When lured into turning her affections towards a handsome duke, she selfishly denies the intentions of her father and allows passion to override her promises to an honorable man.
A good story, dominated by scenes rather than dialogue, "The English Proposal" recounts Margaret's "coming of age" both personally and spiritually, transforming her into a woman of faith, albeit with deep regrets. The characterizations fell a bit short of their potential and the story line was predictable in places, but fortunately for the author, this installment is only just the beginning.
I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
Reviewer: Sabrina Wade
Things that makes you go Hmmm. Did not this novel take you back to personal rendezvous? Surely I viewed Margaret's father like our heavenly father. He knows what's best for us, yet we rebel, desiring the total opposite. We chase after what we see, what makes us feel good, and desire what only at face value appears good. Nevertheless, no matter how many times we fight, push, and pull against HIS will for us He waits patiently. Ready to forgive, to love on and put our broken pieces back together.
While it's not the ending I was rallying for, Brandt kept it one hundred percent. Because life isn't always, if ever, beginning or ending happily ever after. We make choices. We suffer consequences. Karma kick us North, South, East and West. Yet, our suffering doesn't have to be in vain when suffering in Christ. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!