Elle Jamieson is a private person, in relationships as well as at work—and for good reason. But then she’s made redundant and with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to sunny Malta.
Lucas Rose hates secrets—he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less in return. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon’s misguided attempts at matchmaking.
Forced to live in close proximity, it’s hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas’s wedding proposal scared Elle away. But then a phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle’s closely guarded past when it finally comes to light? (Goodreads)
Whether it is down to a change of taste in genres, or the fact that I have become disenchanted by the contemporary romance genre due to the fact there was nothing new or refreshing about the genre; The Wedding Proposal would not have been the top of my normal reading choices. However in the pursuit of a good holiday read, I came across The Wedding Proposal through its promotion on Facebook by the publisher and I have to say that I really did enjoy this book.
The thing that makes this book so enjoyable is the fact Moorcroft manages to balance that great romance story with a realism that is so vividly painted, it easy to picture the setting of Malta. This is the perfect combination, with the beautiful island the setting for the majority of the story. It made me want to revisit the island again and her description brought back memories of my childhood holidays.
Painting the world is only one part of the book and the romance between Elle and Lucas is described with just as much detail. These are two characters who are complex and fully dimensional characters. They both have flaws that affected their relationship, both in the past and the present. Both are trying to move on, but the skeletons in Elle’s past, along with Lucas’s insecurities are weights around their necks. As this is a romance, you can guess how this will end but the path in which they tread to get together takes many twists and turns to the point even I was worried about if they would end up together.
The wonderful cast of supporting characters just round of an already superb book. My favourites have to be the intervening Simon, Lucas’s uncle and the instigator of Lucas and Elle spending time together on the boat. Although he has little screen time, most of the interaction is via email to and from Elle. I had images of him manipulating the situation in order to bring these star-crossed lovers together all the way in California.
I also loved Elle’s employers/friends/confidants, Loz and Davie. They are the most unorthodox employers and although Elle tries to keep things professional, both Loz and Davie become close friends and help Elle through some of the tougher times. I really liked them and they provide some of the funnier and light hearted parts of the book. They really do have hearts of gold.
One of the surprising characters was Caremelo, a young boy who takes a shine to Elle. He is a regular patron to the youth centre that Elle volunteers at. I instantly fell for the little boy and felt sorry for him as it was clear that he was not from a wealthy family. However, his pride prevents him from accepting charity which means that Elle and Lucas look for inventive ways to give him help without him knowing.
By the end of the book I was really satisfied with how it turned out except for one thing. I really wanted to find out how Charlie, Lucas’s brother and Kaliegh got together. They seem to be from different backgrounds, much like Elle and Lucas. I do hope that Moorcroft will think about writing their story.
The Wedding Proposal is a brilliant book that had me laughing one minute and feeling so sad for the characters in the book. Moorcroft clearly has a gift for creating characters that you become invested in and keep rooting for their happy ending. From the very first page to the very last, I swept along in the plot and enjoyed every page. This is my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last