Lynda Renham: My Favourite On-Screen Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s author Lynda Renham’s turn to tell us about her favourite on-screen proposal.  

I love proposals and I have many that I like from films, books and of course real life. But I think my favourite all time proposal is from the film ‘Mickey Blue Eyes’

The film is a great take on ‘The Godfather’ and if you haven’t seen it, you really should. It is so funny.

Hugh grant plays Michael and at the beginning of the film you hear how he has planned a special dinner for his girlfriend. He plans to propose. They arrive at the Chinese and you see Michael asking a favour of the waitress.

The waitress later comes over and gives them their fortune cookies. Michael eats his and encourages Gina to eat hers but she doesn’t want it.

‘Eat cookie,’ says the waitress.

‘I don’t want to,’ Gina replies.

This goes on for a while and Michael suggests eating the cookie to keep the waitress happy.

‘I don’t feel like taking orders from a waitress,’ snaps Gina.

‘I owner not waitress, eat cookie,’ says the owner.

Gina gets cross and Michael tries to make her open the fortune cookie.

‘Eat fucking cookie,’ cries owner with all the staff milling around them. Just as she opens the cookie a woman at the opposite table shouts.

‘Oh yes, yes, Jeremy.’

Michael jumps up realising the cookie has gone to the wrong couple. He dashes over, grabs the ring hidden in the cookie and hands them a fortune, apologising profusely. He hands the ring to Gina.

‘You should have got this,’ he tells her. ‘Gina will you marry me?’

Gina begins to cry.

‘I don’t know what to say,’ she hiccups.

‘Well I thought what she just said was rather good,’ he says pointing to the girl who had the cookie with the ring in it. ‘Obviously without the Jeremy bit.’

Gina runs out crying and the other woman is crying. It is one of the funniest proposals in a film I have seen. Obviously my quoting isn’t accurate but as close as I can remember.

image001Lynda’s a romantic comedy author – her latest book ‘The Dogs Bollocks’ is on Amazon and her new book ‘It Had To Be You’ is due for release 14th March. To Find out more about Lynda and her books:

Twitter: @lyndarenham

Thanks Lynda – I remember laughing a lot at that scene when I saw that film too! 

Georgina Troy: My real-life Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s author Georgina Troy’s turn to tell us about her very romantic real-life proposal. 

Tail finMy fiancé took me away to Spain for a long weekend. We were sitting outside a restaurant with a beautiful tiled fountain in the middle of the pretty square when he proposed. We asked someone to take a picture of this momentous occasion and it was only when we got home that we saw our photos and noticed that although the view in front of us was beautiful the wall behind us in the picture was covered in tatty graffiti! Not quite the gorgeous photo we’d expected to frame of our special day.

Thankfully, he then took me on to a restaurant where the outside seating was laid out on the beach, so we sat barefoot with our feet in the golden white sand and shared a bottle of champagne. I do have a picture of that meal, although it’s only of me as he was taking the photo. I looked very rosy-faced and happy, although I’m not sure if it was due to the excitement, sun, or maybe the alcohol!

Georgina is a the author of A Jersey Kiss and she’s currently working on the sequel. Find out more about Georgina:

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Thanks Georgina – what a magical story. Next Monday, it’s the turn of Anna Bell to tell us about her favourite proposals on paper and on screen.

Laura Lovelock: My Dream Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s the turn of blogger Laura Lovelock from She Likes to Read to tell us about her dream proposal. 

Every girl dreams of how, when and who is going to ask them that –very- special question and as I’ve grown up, many different people have asked me (in my imagination). Some of those people have been long-suffering boyfriends, others have been the men I reaaaaaally fancied and some were obviously Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Daley and Jude Law. 

Benedict-in-Screen-Magazine-04-2013-benedict-cumberbatch-33870098-1280-1549[1]Unfortunately I am yet to experience such a question in the ‘real’ world and thus am left to dream about what could be with Mr Cumberbatch. I could be Mrs Laura Cumberbatch. Does that have a ring to it? I could sign everything LB and my initials would be LAB which is almost an ode to Sherlock. 

See, it’s meant to be. 

We could have the world’s most romantic proposal like –that- one from Four Weddings & A Funeral in the pouring rain, I’d crack out the old ‘Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed’ line and Benedict could kiss me lingeringly whilst a frantically romantic piece of music plays over the top. He’d get down on one knee and kneel on the wet pavement whilst holding out a turquoise box before asking me to make him the happiest man alive. I, of course, would act nonchalant and totally cool before conceding that yes, I bloody well would marry him. He would slide the perfectly sized ring (obviously) onto my ring finger and would then run a hand through his gorgeous locks, placing his beautiful lips onto mine and giving me a right good kiss. 

Then he’d sweep me up into his arms (in this dream world I’m as light as a feather) and he would carry me into his grand house that would just happen to be down the road. He’d then say, in his totally charming and mouth-watering British accent, ‘Laura, I love you.’ It would be long and drawn out and every millisecond of his voice speaking my name will make me go all funny and I’ll fall into his arms where I’ll stay FOREVER. 

Too fantastical? Hmm maybe, but a girl can dream, right?

Laura blogs over on She Likes to Read –  Find out more:

twitter: @_shelovestoread

Ooh, thanks Laura. Swoon. Tomorrow it’s the turn of author Georgina Troy. 

Zanna Mackenzie: My Dream Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s the turn of author Zanna Mackenzie  to tell us about her dream proposal.

ZannaM scaleI have a thing for snow. I think it’s incredibly romantic. I also have a thing for white fairy lights snuggled into the bare branches of trees, sending out little dots of welcoming light into the night sky. With this in mind I think you can start to piece together the setting for my ‘fantasy proposal’ pretty easily.

So, we have snow and fairy lights, but where is this momentous moment going to happen?  I’d choose America’s East Coast, in a pretty village in the hills of Vermont. I’ve always wanted to go to New England but sadly have never managed it.

Next, the ‘how’ – I love Christmas rom com films and remember one where a guy had the words ‘marry me?’ carved in ice and illuminated with fairy lights – I’d adore something like that.

So, we have the ‘where’ and the ‘how’, what about the all-important ‘who’? There are a few  ‘celebrities’ who I might have been tempted by – Patrick Grant (judge of the Great British Sewing Bee), the actor Brett Dalton who plays Agent Ward on Marvel Agents of SHIELD and actor Sam Jaeger (from the TV series Parenthood) but who would I want to see actually propose to me in the snow in Vermont? There’s only really one answer to that – my real life husband Doug.

Zanna Mackenzie’s third novel, If You Only Knew, was released on February 7th. For more details on Zanna and her books head to

Love the sound of fairy lights in the snow – thanks Zanna! Tomorrow, blogger Laura Lovelock will be telling us about her dream proposal. 


Laura Delve: My Dream Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s the turn of blogger Laura Delve to tell us about her dream proposal. 

image-1My dream proposal would be to be taken for a walk in the countryside on a warm summers evening and led to an enclosed area by a river, surrounded by trees, where there would be a table for two set up. There would be fairy lights all around and a beautiful meal on the table with a waiter waiting to serve us. At the end of the meal I would be given a envelope with my name on it and inside would be a silver ring. I would look up across at my man and he would lean across and take my hand and say “Laura, will you marry me?”, to which my eyes would fill up with tears and I would say, “Yes, with all my heart, yes.”

Laura can be found on her blog – Laura’s Little Book Blog


Thanks Laura – that’s sounds like it would be an amazing proposal. 

Jennifer Joyce: My Real-Life Proposal

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s the turn of author Jennifer Joyce to tell us about her real-life proposal. 

author_photoWhen my husband proposed to me, we weren’t at the top of the Eiffel Tower, overlooking Paris. We weren’t in a swanky restaurant or gazing up at the sky as a plane wrote ‘will you marry me?’ for all to see. We were at home, with a pizza heating in the oven while we watched TV. It wasn’t even a fancy pizza, just your bog-standard supermarket pizza. Pepperoni. Frozen.

The proposal was far from glamorous. It was simple, understated. Private. And for me, it was perfect. The man I loved had asked me to marry him and I was one happy gal!

As it turned out, many years later when we eventually got married, our wedding was probably the smallest, quietest wedding known to man. It was a simple wedding, understated and very private. It matched the proposal perfectly.

Jennifer is the author of the book ‘A Beginners Guide to Salad’ and a book blogger. Find out more about Jennifer:

Twitter: @writer_jenn

Thanks Jennifer – that’s what it seems to be about – that it was perfect for you! Tomorrow it’s the turn of blogger Laura – from Laura’s Little Book Blog. 

Nicky Wells: You want to marry me? What, now? Why?

To celebrate the launch of Millie and the American Proposal on Amazon, I’ve asked authors and bloggers to talk proposals. Today, it’s the turn of author Nicky Wells to tell us about her real-life proposal. What better story for Valentine’s Day.

NickyWells_AuthorPhotoJon and I had been dating for a small eternity, and yet he stubbornly refused to propose. The months passed, and I began to think that he wouldn’t ever propose. That was fine by me too. I didn’t need a ring to signify his undying love. We’d bought a flat together, after all. What could be more binding than a mortgage?

We’d been in our flat for a month when we started tiling the kitchen floor. I grew tired and bored of doing DIY by mid-afternoon. Jon suggested dinner out as a reward, but I didn’t particularly fancy it. Yet he grew strangely pushy on this matter and wouldn’t let it go. So, rather grudgingly, I agreed to go out.

On the way to the Tube, Jon had to tie his shoe laces about ten times. He’d buttoned up his shirt wrong. He kept fidgeting. It was most unusual. “It’s just… well, it’s late,” he tried to explain. “I’m worried the restaurant will be too busy.”

Hm. I didn’t buy it, but I didn’t think much of it either.

So we got to our favourite Tapas bar in Clapham and were given a table after a short wait. We ordered food. And then, halfway through, he put this box on the table. Gulp.

“Open it,” he said, fidgeting some more.

My heart beat like a hammer. Obediently, I opened the box and… what? What was that blue thing? A brooch?

I looked at him, confused, and just a tad disappointed.

He smiled. “Take it out.”

I took ‘it’ out and it turned out to be a ring. A blue plastic ring.

“Will you marry me?”

OMG OMG OMG. I opened my mouth to say yes, and out came: “Um. Well. Why now?”


To his credit, he didn’t miss a beat. He knew me too well, even then. He simply smiled and explained. “Because the time’s right, and I love you.”

Awwww. Well, of course I said yes.

PS. The plastic ring turned out to be Lalique crystal. Duh me! I’m so clueless when it comes to jewellery and accessories. We still laugh about this even today and, of course, I still have the blue ring. It was a stand-in proposal ring so that I could go and have a look at a shortlist of ‘proper’ rings with Jon together and pick the one I liked best. Love him!

Nicky Wells, is the ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, she writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

Find out more about Nicky: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest

Ah, thanks Nicky, what a lovely story! On Monday author and blogger Jenni Joyce tells us about her proposal.