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A Novel Proposal

A Novel Proposal

by Denise Hunter

Narrated by Jessica Holtan

Unabridged — 7 hours, 59 minutes

Denise Hunter
A Novel Proposal

A Novel Proposal

by Denise Hunter

Narrated by Jessica Holtan

Unabridged — 7 hours, 59 minutes

Denise Hunter

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Escape with this light-hearted romance where a romance writer wonders if there is love for her in real life too. Will she get a happy ending?

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.

  • Sweet and thoughtful contemporary read
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: 80,000 words

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Publishers Weekly


Hunter (Bookshop by the Sea) opens this heartwarming romance with Queens, N.Y., western writer Sadie Goodwin learning that her publisher wants her to switch genres to romance. Luckily, her best friend offers Sadie the use of her mother’s South Carolina beach duplex for a summer of writing. There, Sadie meets grouchy Sam Ford, the duplex’s other tenant, and sets up a Little Free Library for the community. When someone leaves a book in the library containing a secret compartment hiding a beautiful engagement ring, Sadie’s determined to get the book back to its proper owner—whoever the bookish proposal was meant for. To succeed, however, she’ll need Sam to use his connections as a local. In exchange for helping, Sam asks Sadie to be his plus one at the wedding of his former girlfriend and his cousin, though he doesn’t explain just how fraught the situation is. Working together leads Sam to warm to Sadie’s endlessly cheerful nature and Sadie to see behind Sam’s gruff exterior, but Sam struggles to open his heart to love after having been burned before. Hunter's charismatic and complex characters effortlessly propel the story. Readers won’t want to put this down. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Mar.)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940178242063
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 973,276

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