Review: The Valentine Proposal by Beth Pugh

This was a fun debut novel! I liked these two characters, especially Mason. I struggled a bit with how tense Lily Anne was and with her perfectionist tendencies, yet I still liked her, too. I enjoyed seeing her through Mason’s eyes, both as he saw her in the past and the way he could see through the things of the surface now. His dedication to Lily Anne and to helping the two of them grow closer to each other as their wedding approached was so sweet.

Mason and Lily Anne worked hard to get to know each other again and they were definitely dedicated to making their marriage work. Yet, they still had some bumps along the way. They were both so nervous to mess up what seemed to be going right, they ended up hiding things from each other that would then become big problems in the future. It added good tension to the story, though, and did open the characters’ eyes to the importance of honesty in their relationship.

I liked the introduction to this fictional town and various side characters. I look forward to returning here in future books.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can Love Be 10 Years in the Making?

Award-winning photographer Mason Montgomery is back in Pine Valley, Kentucky. Hopefully, for good, if his business proposal is accepted. On paper, he’s the perfect buyer for Forget-Me-Not Photography. Too bad the seller, Ol’ Man Rowe, doesn’t see it that way. He’s looking for a family man to take over, and Mason’s bachelor status doesn’t fit the bill.

For shy Lily Anne Dawson, life has not turned out the way she’d hoped. Working at her mother’s bakery and editing for the local newspaper is a far cry from her journalistic dream. She’s a failure. A lonely failure worrying about infertility with no romantic prospects in sight.

That all changes when a decade-old promise to marry on Valentine’s Day pushes the two together at their high school reunion. The impromptu proposal offers a solution to their problems. But marriage requires honesty–and both have secrets. Secrets that could make or break their budding love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky, Beth Pugh learned early on that nothing compares to a home cooked meal, front porch sitting, and Sunday morning church services. Through a random ICQ chat, she met her husband and they’ve been embracing those family traditions for years. Now, she hopes to share those same traditions with her son and her readers. She has seen God turn her greatest grief into indescribable joy and tells everyone she meets about the goodness of the Father—sometimes multiples times in one sitting if there’s coffee and donuts involved. She has been published by The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy, Sasee, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Lexington Herald-Leader, and On Parenting at The Washington Post. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her jamming out in the parent pick-up line, reading on the couch, or cheering for the Chicago Cubs just like her daddy taught her to do. Sometimes, her characters do those things, too.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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