Item description for The Proposal (The English Garden Series #1) by Lori Wick...
Overview Left with his deceased cousin's children without any parenting experience, William, a bachelor, goes to his sister Lydia to learn how to raise them but unexpectedly falls in love with one of his neighbors in the process.
Lori Wick's bestselling English Garden series (more than 720,000 copies sold) is filled with engaging characters and stories. Now with fresh, new covers, each of the four books in the series will hold a favorite spot on the nightstand or bookshelf of any reader who loves a great romance.
"The Proposal," book one in the series, is set in 1810 London, England. William Jennings has never been interested in marriage and family. So when a relative dies and leaves Jennings three young children, his world turns upside down.
Thrilled to have boys to carry on his name, William invests time in the two brothers, but the little girl is tended to by a negligent nanny. Finally, Jennings seeks help from his sister and soon becomes acquainted with her neighbor, Marianne Walker. Her strength and faith intrigues Jennings, but will he allow himself to fall for her and the God she loves?
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series English Garden
Series Number 1
ISBN 0736925295 ISBN13 9780736925297
Availability 0 units.
More About Lori Wick
Lori Wick is the bestselling author of more than 30 books (nearly 5 million copies sold), including the popular Rocky Mountain Memories Series, the Yellow Rose Trilogy, and stand-alone novels such as Pretense, The Princess, and Bamboo and Lace. Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Bob, and their three children.
Lori Wick currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Proposal (The English Garden Series #1)?
be careful what you wish for Mar 5, 2009
Jennings' desire for a male heir without the baggage of a wife is fullfilled in a miraculous way. Explore the fun that ensues as Jennings, the children and the unsuspecting woman see how God can make broken hearts whole.
ordinary Feb 6, 2009
Every now and then I like and need to sit down with a book which challenges me neither intellectually, emotionally, or physically. Being that I enjoy inspirational fiction, I figured to try Lori Wick. This is the first book I've read by her. I found in this book those things I needed! The beginning of the book has sort of a Dickensian touch but also a tinge of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, what with the orphaned children and a wealthy benefactor and all. As the "plot" moves along, it becomes a little less such. The characters are not believable at all due to the fact that all are much too "good". None seems to have any sort of issues with the exception, maybe, of Penny. In the 1800's, it is very doubtful that a nanny would be brought before the court on child abuse charges as Mrs. Smith is. Especially since that abuse involved "pinching" in order to make little girls be quiet. While that is certainly a concern in modern days, I cannot see it being a court matter in 1810. The various settings get a bit confusing at times as each family's home has a name, and it gets troublesome to remember which family lives where. The story is very predictable and contrived as a book of this nature most often is. However, I will most likely choose to read another of Lori Wick's books the next time I need to rest my mind and not expect too much.
The Proposal by Lori Wick Apr 21, 2008
This book was in great condition if they didn't tell me it was used i would never have known. The book is very easy to read and a nice story. I just ordered the second book in this series.
Insipid Mar 12, 2007
I haven't read a book quite this insipid in some time. The characters are very cardboard and one diminsional. Most of their names are borrowed from Jane Austen novels, which supposedly inspired the author to write this series. She uses the names of Elinore and Marianne, the Dashwoods, the Jennings, and the Palmers - all names from Sense and Sensibility. Mr. Collins, Lydia, and Lizzy are all names from Pride and Prejudice. There is even an Emma. I love Jane Austen too, but it's a little distracting to the reader when an author robs all her characters' names from another, more famous author.
Also, the writing style of this novel is stilted and uninspired; the plot moves along choppily with no graceful transitions and very little description. Most of the book is forced dialogue, and the reader rarely gets an idea of what an individual character is thinking. The story is also extremely saccharine; everything is flowers and butterflies and rainbows and unicorns. Okay, there aren't actually any unicorns (or rainbows and butterflies for that matter), but there may as well be for how unbelievable and unrealistic the story is. The children are perfect; the parents are perfect; the guardian is perfect; the neighbors are perfect. Like eating too much chocolate fudge, this novel left me nauseated.
Perhaps my opinion of this novel is unfair since I am not a fan of the Christian Romance genre, but I really prefer not to be literally preached at throughout an entire work of FICTION. I heard a much better sermon in church this morning, and when I want theology, I read the Bible. I would LOVE to read a well written romance novel that isn't preachy but doesn't have the characters acting like they are morally bankrupt either. In my experience, contemporary Christian authors are unable to reach my expectations. If you suffer from the same dilemma, I highly recommend Jane Austen's six novels. Also very good, with stronger spiritual overtones than Austen, is Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey.
Beautiful Life Application of Grace Aug 13, 2006
Lori Wick has a gift for weaving God's grace in her writing through examples of real people facing real issues. While reading other "educational" books on the subject of grace, I receive continued instruction as I enjoy the stories of her characters facing the same issues I face on a daily basis. Thank you Lori Wick for being used of God!