The Decent Proposal

The Decent Proposal

eBook - 2016
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An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles. A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend Mike (that's a woman, by the way). At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as "La M quina" The Machine to her colleagues, shes grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early-morning chats. Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together just talking every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they each nevertheless say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not? What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and above all love, in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire, diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062391605 electronic bk
0062391607 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC DONOVAN
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Michael Colford Jun 22, 2017

Quick, fun read, Kemper Donovan pairs an impossibly, good-looking, Peter Pan of a man trying to make his mark at a Hollywood film producer, and a tightly-wound, Latina lawyer in an unlikely pairing orchestrated by a mysterious benefactor. For half a million dollars, Richard and Elizabeth are expected to meet and converse for one hour a week for an entire year. Never having met, the two couldn't be more perplexed, with Richard excited about the possibility of the half million dollars, and Elizabeth horrified by the prospect of having someone pull her puppet strings like this.

But the inevitable happens, and they two start their bumpy relationship, trying to negotiate their year-long agreement. As I mentioned above, it's a fun read, great summer, beach-fare, but not something that will change your life. Sucker that I am, I must admit I got a little choked up at one point near the end.

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bookycakes
May 01, 2017

Not my favorite, but a solid first 'summer read' for 2017. A little bit floaty and dreamy, with a healthy dose of laughter and some very likeable characters, along with an interesting mystery that resolves well. All in all a satisfying read and a fun one, although the writing style wasn't quite my taste. Definitely recommended for those who like California-esque, fun, airy novels or those looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary.

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