The Proposal

The Proposal

A Leap of Faith

Romance - Contemporary
27 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2017
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Author Biography

CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist, blogger and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government. She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Press.

Cheryl is an avid reader, dedicated writer and amazing blogger. Her writing career has expanded over several decades. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. After college, she began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Writer-Editor. Ms. Holloway has a writer’s blog where she pays-it-forward to other authors. Cheryl is the author of eight books on Amazon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is a romantic short story based on actual events, and written by Cheryl Holloway. After ten years of dating her much-loved beau, Marvin, Carol wonders if he will ever pop the question. Not wanting to die a single woman, she is determined to find out if they are on the same page about their future. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Carol is ecstatic to find out that Marvin has made romantic plans at a restaurant, but when he gets down on one knee and she is on the brink of passing out, due to her high anticipation of a proposal, she reels when he presents her with a gift of a different kind. Although frustrated, Carol accepts Marvin’s offering, and they carry out their new plans ... with disastrous results.

I was unsure of what to expect when I chose this book, but as a huge fan of romance, I decided to go with it anyway. It surprised me to learn that the book was based on a true story – so much so that I cried many tears at the end. Cheryl Holloway’s knack of presenting an in-depth love story, which would generally take most writers a lot more pages to complete, is remarkable. The detail in each page enabled me to connect with the characters beautifully, almost like I was holding Carol’s hand each step of the way, as Marvin caused her more and more impatience and anxiety by not making a commitment after being together for so many years. The Proposal: A Leap of Faith brings forth the sad reality in so many people’s lives, when neither party is willing to take that final step into marriage. Although a short story, it affected me greatly emotionally, although I enjoyed every word from beginning to end. I recommend The Proposal: A Leap of Faith to lovers of fine romance, short stories, and those who are willing read between the lines up to, and including, the final word.

AM Reyes

The author's short romance story falls between expectation and twist of surprise at the end. The expectation of the story is about a woman, Carol patiently waiting for the boyfriend, Marvin to propose after number of years dating. It is storyline that brings Carol to take a pause on what she really wants in the relationship, dating or marriage. Marvin hesitates to add legal commitment of marriage. Instead, Marvin finds other romantic ways to prove his love.

On Carol's birthday, Marvin made plans both sky dive, a gift for his lovely lady on a special day. Carol decides to add to the special day to be the initiator to propose to Marvin. A carefree relationship as two sky dive from the plane. High in the skies, Carol got her wish, she proposes to Marvin and he accepts the marriage proposal on Carol’s birthday (February 29). Carol is now the happiest person inside the plane. She is engaged to Marvin. Without delay Carol jumps out of the plane, in tandem with the experienced sky driver. The twist of fate at the end of the story, it is Carol's best and worst day. She will never forget.

I give it 4.5 stars