The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Nicole Harrison is planning the proposal of the century. Too bad its not her own…

Nicole, a born organiser and true romantic, has created her dream job when she sets up the Hopes & Dreams proposal agency – staging YouTube worthy proposals…until she’s hired to plan a proposal by gorgeous photographer Alex Black’s girlfriend.

Alex is the New Year’s kiss that Nicole hasn’t been able to forget – and now she’s planning his wedding to someone else! But if she lets herself fall for Alex’s charms, her reputation and business will be ruined before it’s even got off the ground! Suddenly the girl whose always prepared is at a loss…and falling head over heels.

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About the Author: 

As a child, I was constantly told off for two things: having my nose in a book and living in a dream world.  Things haven't changed much since then, but at least in writing I've found a use for my runaway imagination. 

I started writing fiction in 2004 after finding a few scribbled scenes I had written more than a decade ago. I had expected to cringe as I read it, but instead I was pleasantly surprised.  A short while later I had an idea for a story, and since my youngest had just started pre-school and I was desperate to do something creative beyond making happy faces with the kids' dinner ingredients, I decided to unearth a long-buried passion and try to write a novel. I quickly became totally addicted.

I joined the RNA in 2005 and submitted my first polished and completed manuscript to their New Writers' Scheme and nervously awaited the verdict. Much to my delight, they liked it and decided to send it on to Mills & Boon, and by November 2005 I had sold my first book. 

Since then, things have been going rather well. In 2006 I received the RNA's Joan Hessayan New Writers' Award for my first book, Blind-Date Marriage, which was also nominated in two categories, Best First Book and Best Traditional Romance for the presitgious RITA award in 2007.  See here for details of further awards.

I've now completed 17 novels for Harlequin/Mills & Boon and my books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in 30 different countries across the world! Ssh... I'm not supposed to tell anyone, but my favourite foreign editions are the Japanese manga books!

I still live in London, but my other favourite places to be are the highlands of Scotland and the English countryside on a summer's afternoon.  I love cooking, good food and anything cinnamon-flavoured.  Of course, I still can't keep away from a good book, or a good movie—especially romances—but only if I'm stocked up with tissues, because I know I'll need them before the end, whether it's happy or sad.

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Fiona has written a flawless read, one I very much enjoyed. Nicole is a romantic, she loves love. So it's fitting that she owns a unique business; she plans wedding proposals, and she's very good at it. 
Nicole once met the man named Alex who made her think about her very own happily ever after, but she let him get away. What will happen now that Alex has returned into her life, but for business not pleasure...

All the characters were so well developed, and with just the right amount of ups and downs, and complications this novel was read in no time!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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