On Sale: April 4, 2017
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Women's Fiction Contemporary | Romance Contemporary
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
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 Máquina” The
Machine—to her colleagues, she’s 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
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.
1 comment posted.
Re: The Decent Proposal
What an interesting premise! Thanks for the review and
(Kathleen Bylsma 1:05pm August 12)
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