The Proposal

The Proposal is one of those agreeably amusing, old-fashioned kind of assemble by the numbers romances which were churned out by the hundreds in the old studio days, of the 1930’s and 40’s – whether this is a good thing or a bad thing depends on if old-fashioned romantic comedies appeals to you: if it does, than this release can be relished like a box of your favorite Godiva chocolates. You know what you are getting, you will enjoy every bite, and you probably won’t regret having spent the time. Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret, the hard-driving book editor, who lives her workaholic life in such a fashion that – as the saying goes – when her feet hit the ground of a morning, the Devil himself says ‘Oh, s**t, she’s awake!” Which, it is made clear, about what her frazzled, yet hunky assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) – along with the rest of the office is thinking. Yet, Margaret has a problem – she’s Canadian, and her immigration status is questionable. Under threat of immediate deportation, (Shades of Green Card!) she claims that she and Andrew are engaged to marry. Immigration problem solved. Or maybe not: she and Andrew have to make at least a good pretense of it, especially for a trip back to his hometown of Sitka, Alaska for a family event, with Mom (Mary Steenburgen) Dad, (Craig T. Nelson) and Granny (Betty White). All of Andrew’s family and friends are thrilled to the core that he is intending to marry, and joyously welcome Margaret … and now the two of them have to put on a show for the family as well. Will Granny be blunt and conniving, and succeed in dragging Margaret to a bachelorette party featuring the only male stripper in Sitka? Yeah, this is Betty White we are talking about. Will Margaret’s outer shrew be tamed? Does it end happily? Well, of course. Duh. My only unanswered questions are – Is Sitka really that incredibly scenic? How does it look in winter, then?

The Proposal” will be available October 13th, through Amazon and other retail outlets.

Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer and member of the Independent Authors Guild who lives in San Antonio and contributes to the on-line literary magazine, The Deepening. Her current book project, “The Adelsverein Trilogy” is also available at Amazon.com and selected local outlets. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.

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