Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell is a chick-lit novel about Tilly, who, after her boyfriend moved out without warning, moves to a small village in the English countryside to become a "Girl Friday" to Max and his daughter Lou. There she meets Jack, who has a reputation as a womanizer - but can Tilly resist his charms?
Jill Mansell is an author I've heard of, but Rumour Has It is the first of her novels that I have read. Chick-lit is a real hit and miss genre - its good authors write wonderful stories, but there is a huge amount of rubbish as well. So given that I was trying an author new to me, I went into Rumour Has It knowing it could be terrible - but as it was a purchase from a Kindle sale, I wasn't losing too much.
Tilly is a reasonably endearing, if stereotypical, heroine. She gets into slightly silly scrapes, she always looks at her worst when she sees the object of her affections, and she makes the wrong decisions before getting it right. I didn't fully engage with her, but I found her a fairly pleasant character, enjoyable to follow and rarely annoying.
The storyline of Rumour Has It is incredibly predictable. It's a typical chick-lit story, where the girl is let down badly by a long term boyfriend, she moves away, meets someone who seems unsuitable, but there is hope of a happy ending. This isn't even the first novel I've read where the heroine moves to a country village. But it is a story which works, otherwise it wouldn't keep on getting told. And let's face it, when you pick up a chick-lit novel you can reasonably expect to read this story in some form or other. Mansell tells it well, it is enjoyable and catches your attention, but I don't feel she could be said to have put her own spin on it. There is little which seems truly original or inspired.
That said, Rumour Has It is an enjoyable and light read, there is nothing really wrong with it even if it isn't anything new. I enjoyed reading it, and while I won't go out of my way to read more by Mansell, I wouldn't avoid her novels either.
I bought this book at the airport last year when we were going to Egypt as I had forgotten to bring one with me. I had never heard of Jill Mansell before I saw this book by her, but it had in bold letters all around the bookshelf that it was the no.1 best seller at that time, so I thought it might be ok to read on the beach on holiday. It was on offer for roughly about £5, I cant remember exactly how much I paid as I bought it a year ago!
I'm really glad I picked up this book though, I wouldn't usually just buy a book like that, I always make sure I read reviews on them first so I don't end up with a rubbish one! This book was so easy to read, and I got into straight away.
The two main characters are Tilly and Jack. Tilly is fed up and ends up quitting her job in London and wants to try something new, so she takes a job as a girl Friday in a really quiet town, completely different to what she is used to. The story is all about the journey her new job takes her on. She meets a man called Jack, who has a bit of a bad reputation, but the story has a really romantic ending.
The book is very well written, and the characters are very believable and easy to relate to. Although this book isn't one of the best I've read and didn't keep me hooked and want to finish it in 3 days, it was very funny and romantic, the story and ending are quite predictable, and I do prefer books which are a bit more imaginative.
However, I did enjoy it and I will read more of Jill Mansell's books in the future, and I recommend this book more for younger people, and it's a great way to pass the time by the pool or the beach!
Rumour Has It - By Jill Mansell
Fictional novel, brings excitement, romance, drama, happily ever after and sadness.
An ordinary woman from London, she moves to the small town of Roxborough where her Best Friend Erin lives. She finds a stress free job as a Friday Girl. She falls for local boy Jack Lucas, but she tries to keep her distance as from what she has heared by the rumours she certainly doesn't want to be another notch on his bedpost.
A local Roxborough man, who has a reputation as a ladies man. Since his Wife Rose passed away 2 years ago, he has apparently been working his way through the women in Roxborough as a way of coping. Nobody is 'The One' for Jack, that is until he meets Tilly. He wants to get to know her and the more he sees/ speaks to her the more his feelings grow for her. The rumours that are going around Roxborough are making her keep her distance. Are the rumours true? Is Jack really as bad as his 'reputation'? Will he ever win Tilly round?
Max - A local single Dad who runs his own Interior Design Company in Roxborough. Father to Louisa (Lou), ex-Husband to Kaye. He played teh perfect Husband for many years but grow bored of living a lie - he isn't attracted to women, he likes men. Since 'coming out' Max has realised that his sexuality doesn't matter to people he is still the same old Max to them.
Louisa - Max and Kaye's 13 year old Daughter. She is funny, quick witted and tells it like it is. She is definitely no push over when it comes to boys and she will stand up to anyone who makes fun of her family. She is very proud of her family and most of all her Dad.
Kaye - Louisa's Famous Hollywood Actress Mum. She has lived in Hollywood for many years. Recently chased out of Hollywood as made up stories have made her the most hated person. She has no other choice but to go back to her family in Roxborough. Allthough everything doesn't turn out to be as bad as they seem. The truth finally comes out, but she is also thankful for the drama as if it hadn't have happened she would never have fallen in love.
Erin - She is Tilly's Best friend, she runs a local clothes shop. She falls in love with fergus - Stella's Husband. Stella tries to make her life hell. But tough times happen and out of teh goodness of her heart Erin helps the woman who is making her life a misery when no one else will.
Stella - Is a local 'Know It All', has a horrid mouth, will tell you what you really don't want to hear. If you are not happy about what you are wearing, she will tell you that you look like mutton and make you feel even worse than you alraedy did. Her Husband Fergus no longer wants to be with her and 6 months after they split is starts seeing Erin. But Stella is not willing to let him go, she knows the biological clock is ticking and she is desperate for a baby. But her dreams are shattered as she learns that she has cancer. She has 100% support from Erin and Fergus. She is known as 'Evil Stella' but you soon realise that she is a nice person under the hard shell.
The Story -
Gives you an insite into to each of teh characters lives, doesn't just focus on one. It makes you not want to put the book down. The story is full of different emotions - happiness, laughter, sadness, heartbreak...it really makes you feel for each character.
You don't want the story to end, but when it does you want to know what happens after..
excellent story, I would definitely recommend!
Rumour Has It is a book by Jill Mansell here is a brief description of the plot...
Tilly has been to visit her friend Erin in Roxborough after she had split from her boyfriend. At first Tilly isn't too impressed with the place as she is used to the hustle and bustle of London. A chance reading of the local newspaper changes all of this.
There is an advert for a Girl Friday, so when Tilly's train is delayed she decides to call. Max answers and she confidently annouces she can come for an interview now as she will be leaving for London soon and will not get another opportunity. So off she goes for the interview, and gets the job!
She will be working for Max and helping him with his teenage daughter Lou, and also assisting him with work at his Interior Design business. Deciding she needs a new direction in life she takes it and gives up her life in London.
Then she meets Jack and is smitten just like all the other girls in town, is Jack the settling down type or is Tilly going to get her heart broken?
I bought my copy of this book from Amazon for £3.86 I think it has gone up in price but is still under £5.
First of all I wasn't expecting to be impressed when I read this book. However now that I have finished it I can't wait to read more of Jill Mansell's book. I was both impressed with the different characters & how their stories bring the book to life. All of the characters in this book are well developed and all had different qualities that made the book a really great read. I liked the little sub plots that happened throughout the book and these intigrated well into the storyline. They were not at all boring and I especially liked the storyline involving Kaye.
The main character of Tilly is great, she is confident and is willing to take a risk and move to a new town. Although when she meets Jack some of that confidence goes right out of the window. Jill Mansell describes Jack really well and you can imagine that women would actually fall at his feet. I also liked the character of Kaye and was willing a happy ending for her after everything that happened to her.
I found myself at times unable to put the book down, although I do have to admit that some of the storyline involving Jack and Tilly may have been dragged out a little. Although this did give an opportunity to finish off some of the other characters stories such as Kaye and Erin. Once I finished it I was left feeling very happy, the ending was fun and sweet it finished perfectly.
I know a lot of people may not really like chick lit as it's pretty obvious what will happen in the end. However I don't mind this I just really enjoy the story and so what if I can see the ending coming a mile away!
For a fun, fluffy and happy story you have to give this book a read, well worth buying
This book was lent to me by a friend as i want to read a light, funny and easy to read book. This book is easy to read - yes, light - yes, funny - almost. To be honest, this book is an easy to read, ridiculously predictable and unlikely romantic chick book. I normally enjoy reading a girly book, even if i know what is going to happen in the end starting from the first few pages. However, (without giving too much away) the book i personally do not think has been well written. The chapters are mixed up with the thoughts and stories of different characters to an extent that you do not always realise where one character's story has ended, and another has begun. The end of the book is ridiculous and when i finished the book i was very disappointed with the expected and rushed outcome. Although, i did the read the whole book this was only because i did want to see how it ended. However, this is only out of curiosity. The only positive aspect of this book i would say is that one of the sadder storylines within the book has been written quite well - if you read the book (not really recommend that you do) then you will see what i mean! Overall - pretty disappointing read
Tilly returns home to her London flat one day to find that her boyfriend has left her. Bereft she gets in touch of her best friend Erin who lives in a small town called Roxborough in the Cotswolds. Fancying a new start Tilly moves to Roxborough impulsively and gets a job as a housekeeper come 'Girl Friday' for a single dad Max and his teenage daughter Lou.
Whilst there she gets embroiled in the love lives and gossip of a small town, not least that of Jack. Jack is handsome and successful with a tragic past and a troublesome womanising reputation. Tilly finds herself undeniably drawn to him and him to her, but putting her head before her heart she works her hardest to resist him.
Alongside this there are subplots involving Hollywood TV actresses embroiled in media-friendly scandals, the turmoil of a marriage break-up and a subsequent relationship, the traumas of a bright and feisty teenage girl and a handsome PE teacher who may not be all that he seems.
As with all of the Mansell novels that I have read, this zips along a quite a pace. The characters are all engaging, despite not being full-blown drawn out and there are enough plot surprises to keep you interested. Its largely a bit 'chocolate boxy' - very pretty and comforting. However, I expect that I will remember very little about it in a month or so.
There is a particularly tragic plot thread involving one of the secondary characters getting seriously ill. Although this is handled sensitively, it feels like quite an obvious attempt to add some darkness to the light and does not quite work - at least not in the way that the likes of Marian Keyes manages it.
However, I believe Mansell to be a really good writer in the chicklit genre. She obviously believes in the story and her characters and you can sense that she actively enjoys writing - which does not always come across and is quite infectious! This definitely ranks amongst the best of hers that I have read and her dabbling in the dark elements of life is maybe showing that she is planning to make her novels slightly more well-rounded and less fluffy in future. If so, this is an admirable attempt.
In conclusion, this is a very enjoyable, highly readable light read that will probably not trouble your long term memory too much.
I am a big fan of chick lit and I always look out for Jill Mansell's latest book because I think she is amazing, I have read every one of them and I can't decide which one I like the best as they are all brilliant!
~What does it look like~
Jill Mansell's book covers have changed since I first started reading them and now tend to have a pattern around the outside with a little cartoon picture in the middle under her name and the title.
I never actually read the back of a Jill Mansell book before I buy it as I always know that I'm going to love it, but this one sums up the story nicely.
The RRP of the paperback I have is £7.99 but actually I always spot them in my local Asda when they are 1st released and I picked mine up for around £3/4, I also bought a Hardback copy for my mother in law for around £7. I think £7.99 for a paperback is a little steep as I don't tend to re-read books but pass them around family & friends. Although this is in line with other paperbacks anyway so it's not overpriced as such.
The main character Tilly splits up from her bloke and after visiting her friend in a little town she decides to quit her job in London and move there. She had spotted an advert in the paper whilst visiting and decided to ring up to enquire. She ends up working for Max, in his house as a girl Friday and she looks after the house, his daughter and the cooking etc.
She meets Jack whilst she is working there, he has a reputation and she doesn't want to get involved but it becomes clear they both like each other.
I love this book as I knew I would, I even read it in a day because I couldn't put it down, I always find Jill Mansell's books so easy to read that I always do finish them quickly and as usual I felt like I was involved in the story line. The book was easy to get into do and identify with the main character, it was sweet funny and had some tearful moments in it, the ending even though predictable for a chick lit was great too.
Am very much looking forward to her next one.
I had read a couple of Jill Mansell books before, but she was not really one of my top authors. I saw Rumour Has It for £3.49 as the book of the week, and I was looking for something to take on a weekend away. Although the back of the book did not paint a picture of a very engaging story line, I knew her books are generally easy reading, and due to lack of anything else that took my fancy I decided to give it a go!
I certainly wasn't disappointed. The book is written in third person which allows for a narrative which describes each character in detail bringing them all to life. The main character is Tilly Cole, who comes home to her London flat to find that her boyfriend has left her and taken everything he owned with him. She decides to go and visit her best friend Erin in Roxborough to lick her wounds for a few days, but a chance train delay on her way back home sees her applying to be a girl Friday for interior designer Max.
After looking deeply at her failed love live, Tilly realises that she subconsciously drives the men in her life away, rather than upsetting them by dumping them. She swears off men, but doesn't bank on her reaction to hunky Jack Lucas, Max's best friend. However, Jack has been linked to half the women in the village, and Tilly is not prepared to be a notch on anyone's bed post. That doesn't stop her and Jack striking up a friendship, but can Tilly get over his reputation and discover if they could have something special together?
The storyline is well written and tackles real and hard hitting issues such as homophobia and bullying. Although the ending itself is pretty predictable, the narrative twists and turns along the way before it gets there. There is also a side plot about the blossoming relationship between Erin and newly separated Fergus. Fergus' ex wife is still bitter about the split and blames Erin for stealing him from her. Although Stella is determined to ruin both Erin's relationship and business, the pair are soon thrown together in unusual circumstances, and the results are both touching and surprising.
In the end I found this book impossible to put down, and it is a shame that the back cover under sells the story so badly as it will restrict the audience. This book is definitely a must read for any chick lit fan - it's an easy read without being too fluffy. It has left me eager to read more by Jill Mansell, and luckily she has an extensive back catalogue that I haven't read yet. I picked up a set of three of her books in Asda for £4 at the weekend, and have immediately moved them to the top of my book pile!! I just hope they are as good as this one.
Published in paperback by Headline Books - 410 pages
I started reading Rumour Has It with a very open mind, as Jill Mansell is one of my favourite 'chick-lit' authors. The book started well, and I enjoyed her pacy and contemporary writing style. However, I found the story overly formulaic, some of the characters grated on me too much, and in the end, the love story wasn't plausible enough for me. I know, I know, chick lit isn't like real life, but the relationship between Tilly and Jake is weak, in my opinion. There are the usual twists and turns in the relationship, but the ending was too rushed for my liking.
The main character Tilly Cole, and her best friend Erin are good, fun characters who are quite believable (something that is harder than you might think to achieve!). The other supporting characters are pretty one-dimensional, Stella, the (not really) wronged separated wife of the local estate agent who is in love with Erin; Stella's friends, who are WAGs without a non-bitchy brain cell between them, Max the gay interior designer who is Tilly's boss etc etc.
Tilly is a young woman in her 20's, who at the beginning of the story is cruelly dumped by her partner who ups and leaves without a word, just a lame note - in fact one of her neighbours delights in being nosy and telling her about him moving all his stuff out. She seems to get over the shock pretty quickly, but while she does, she goes to visit her friend Erin, who owns a dress shop in a sleepy village called Roxborough and ends up finding a fantastic job with the afore-mentioned Max and his teenage daughter.
Whilst there, she meets lots of the locals, including a fabulously sexy man called Jack Lucas, who has a reputation as a lothario, which he politely lives up to, whilst remaining coy about the details.....she also lands herself a new job, after answering an advert for a "Good Friday Girl". Tilly falls in love straight away with Jack, but due to his reputation as a widower who relishes the thrill of the chase with the ladies, but never calls them after their night of passion, she is determined not to be another notch on his bedpost.
However, circumstances dictate that Jack and Tilly's paths cross many times, mainly because Max and Jack work closely together, and she finds herself becoming closer to him, whilst still trying to remain circumspect.
If this was the first Jill Mansell book I had ever picked up, I would probably not bother reading another one as I really felt that she didn't develop the relationship between Tilly and Jack sufficiently before the big romantic ending, but maybe I've just read too many of her books and so the attracting is waning for me.
Jill Mansell is considered to be at the forefront of 'chick-lit' writing and has a number of popular novels under her belt. Rumour Has It is her latest offering and deserves its place as a number one bestseller. Mansell has proved again that she has the formula of writing in this genre off to a tee.
Rumour Has It is the story of Tilly Cole a twenty-something, newly single woman who changes her life by moving to a new place (a quirky village in the country somewhere), taking a on a new job (a quirky but fun one that she has no experience of - as is usually the case in this type of book) and meeting a handsome chap who is probably going to be no good for her.
It all starts when Tilly returns to the London home she shares with her fairly long term boyfriend and finds out that he has done a runner whilst she's at work, moving out his belongings and leaving her nothing but a note and a nosy neighbour to break the news. Rather than mourning the demise of her relationship, Tilly heads off to the sleepy, quaint village of Roxborough to reap the commiserations of her best friend Erin. After a few days of moping she decides to head back to her life in the city, but is distracted by an advert in the local paper that requires a 'Good Friday Girl'. Intrigued, Tilly calls the number and after some gentle persuasion finds her self living with a gay interior designer and his feisty daughter as their personal assistant.
Quickly adapting to village life, Tilly meets and becomes friends with many of the locals and soon forgets her old life. Along the way she meets the charming and drop-dead-gorgeous Jack Lucas and its love at first sight. But deterred by his reputation as a ladies' man and general cad, Tilly forces herself to fall out of love with him pretty quickly. But, as the blurb asks, 'is she being mature and sensible - or is she running away from the love of her life?'
In Rumour Has It, Mansell has written a feel-good story and created a lovable set of characters that make you want to absorb yourself into the book. I found that I warmed to all of the people in the book straightaway - even the 'bad guys and girls' were well written in a way that made them an integral part of the story rather than an irritating addition that you could have done with out.
You can empathise with the main characters as they are all a little bit like you, the book isn't filled with rich, glamorous and unbelievable people. Tilly is a normal girl who slouches around in a tracksuit and only shaves her legs once a fortnight and her best friend Erin has a spare tyre and a lack of self confidence that makes you breathe a sigh of relief. That's not to say there is nothing to escape into though, the object of the village's desire, Jack Lucas is the kind of guy that everyone wants to love and Tilly's boss, Max, is the gay man that every woman thinks can turn straight.
The story follows the familiar route of chick-lit novels and, as a result, is often predictable - but, that isn't a criticism. The familiarity of the story is what makes it so enjoyable - it is very much a feel good story that lifts your mood in its easy-to-read and friendly style. It makes it a book that you want to pick up to cheer you up after a bad day and relieve yourself of the monotony of day to day like.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the genre, it is a very likeable version of what it is - a heart warming tale of a girl who changes her life on a whim and falls in love against all the odds.
Title: Rumour Has It
Author: Jill Mansell
Book Type: Fiction / Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication date: 5th February 2009
Note: Now also available in paperback
When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no intention of joining in - she's just happy with her new Girl Friday job. Then she meets Jack Lucas. Jack is irresistible... and he's got his eye on Tilly. But there are shocking rumours about his wicked reputation. Tilly doesn't want to be just another notch on anyone's bedpost. But is she being mature and sensible - or is she running away from the love of her life? (Product Description - Headline)
I picked this book up in a somewhat biased fashion. After reading quite a lot of work by Jill Mansell albeit a few years ago I had a clear idea of what to expect from her latest novel. The author writes classic chick lit. The kind of stuff that although is somewhat formulaic delivers a quick hit of light hearted, easy reading entertainment that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
This book took me on a journey into the world of the heroine Tilly and the new people that come into her life, when she quits her job in London and moves to Roxborough; the home of her best friend Erin. Tilly is the typical girl next -door breed of heroine, created for you to identify with. She isn't perfect or overly glamorous and is definitely liable to the inevitable personal disaster. Tilly visits her friend in Roxborough after a not entirely unwelcome catastrophe occurs in her personal life. After visiting her friend and spending a night taunting the landlord of the local village pub about the headlines in the local paper she sees an ad offering a 'fun job, country house'. Intrigued, she rings with no answer and forgets about it. The next day, facing a forty minute wait for a delayed train back to London she tries again and .......
Cue and entry for Max, early 40s, good looking interior designer and his flame haired, sparky, 13 year old daughter Lou. Ex-wife Kaye is in Hollywood having found a role in a glamorous soap after having her heart broke by Max who had finally confessed to being gay. I loved the character of Lou, quick witted and utterly loyal to and proud of her father she literally bursts of the page bringing to life the effervescent energy of a teenager.
Tilly takes the job of 'Girl Friday' offered by Max and Lou and moves to Roxborough. It is then she comes across Jack; Max's best friend and close business colleague. Commitment phobe Tilly is stunned by the reaction she has to him. Problem is he seems to be the 'catch of the village' with hordes of women chasing after him, not Till's cup of tea at all! I wanted to dislike Jack as he seems too handsome, too successful; basically just too perfect full stop. In the end, well I guess he grows on you. The question hanging over the main story line is, will they get it together?
In typical Mansell form, Tilly and Jack are not the only thread in the book. She cleverly weaves sub story lines into the book, which are actually quite captivating. I was quite taken with some of the other characters. There is Stella, brassy and confident, super bitch from hell, who is convinced her husband, Fergus has been stolen from her. Saintly best friend Erin, who runs a second hand designer clothes shop and hates confrontation. There are even a couple of beloved animals: Max and Lou's pooch Betty and Stella's posh cat Bing.
All in all, you are carried along at a rate of knots. Despite the inevitable predictability of some aspects of the novel there are some twists and turns with romance and tragedy intertwined deftly. I flew through the second half of this book, eagerly looking for the happy ending, which invariably appears and gives you a warm glow of satisfaction that everything will turn out alright in the end.
*Would I recommend*
Totally, I love this stuff. There are times for literature with more serious content and I am not in that place right now; too put it simply I have too little time or energy to go for anything that requires too much effort at the moment! This book simply ticks the boxes, likeable characters, a few twists and a good dash of romance; blissful! Loses a star for being just a bit too predictable from the start.
I picked the paperback version up in Asda for the usual £3.86 price tag. The paperback is available at Amazon for the same price; although you need to spend over £5 for free super saver delivery. This is a popular author so you are likely to be able to pick it up even cheaper over the coming weeks on sites such as Ebay or Green Metropolis.
Even though I am a "chick-lit" fan, I have seemed to missed the back catalogues of writers that have been around a while, such as Cathy Kelly and Jill Mansell. I should really begin to get their books from the library because I have liked their recent material, but I still can't help borrowing their new books as soon as they're released! I loved my first Jill Mansell novel last year (An Offer You Can't Refuse, see review!), so I was keen to try her new book called Rumour Has It, and I had hoped for another thoroughly enjoyable book, and once again Mansell has delivered for her fans.
Tilly Cole is happy working in London, but realises that life isn't going to plan when her latest boyfriend moves out while she's at work. She decides she's had enough and moves to the small town of Roxborough where her best friend Erin lives. She gets a job working for a gay Interior designer and his daughter, basically as their dogsbody but soon begins to love village life. But when Max's best friend Jack comes onto the scene, Tilly is knocked for six as she wasn't expecting to be attracted to anyone so soon. Tilly is soon caught up in the lives and loves of all of Roxborough, but is she going to find love even when she doesn't want it?
The premise of the story didn't sound too exciting when I initially read it on the back of the book, but I knew it wouldn't be a straight-forward story like you might expect from other authors.
Jill Mansell has a way of creating stories and characters that the reader actually begins to care about and that is what drew me back to her book, and will make me read her older novels too. The story is actually relatively similar to 'An Offer You Can't Refuse' but again the twists and turns along the way makes it totally readable and a brilliant book. Also, I did feel that it was a tad predictable, especially regarding the ending but that didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Mansell has chosen a female lead for this book, and as I always say, the lead character has to be likeable and hold the whole story together for me to want to continue the book. Luckily for me, I liked the character of Tilly straight away, mainly due to the way Mansell has written her. She is very unlucky in love and I felt sorry for her but as the story unravelled my opinion of her changed (not in a bad way!) but still I enjoyed the journey that she took along the way. However, for me it wasn't Tilly's story that gripped me the most, but that of her best friend Erin. To be honest, this is what I really loved about this book - it wasn't just the main story that I loved but even the minor storylines are fantastic too.
Erin is happy in her relationship but there is someone in Roxborough who isn't too happy. However, there is a shocking twist in here that took me completely by surprise but Mansell has tackled this perfectly and made such a wonderful story out of it, it really struck a chord with me. The characters involved all worked well in the context of this storyline and I loved it. There was a bit of a mystery about Jack that went on through the book, the relationship between Tilly and her employer Max and his daughter Lou was well explored, and Max's ex-wife Kaye pops up for her own good storyline too. All in all, you can see there is a lot going on in the book, but its not hard at all to follow along and that's because of Mansell's writing talent.
Mansell has chosen to write the book in the third person, and I do love this way of writing. To me, third person is like proper story-telling because you having it told to you, rather than the first person where you almost have to imagine the lead character talking to you. The third person factor also works well when you have a few storylines going on at once because it allows it to be easy to follow, and just feels like a classic story. Mansell really delves into the relationships of her characters from the word go, and doesn't shy away from the more tough times in friendships too. The relationships with the characters change throughout, and it just makes the book that bit more realistic and consequently enjoyable for me.
You can probably tell from the tone of my review that I really did love this book, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it not only for Jill Mansell fans, but also for people who just love a good story. It is a great book to settle down with in the evening because it is easy to read and very enjoyable, the characters are all likeable and the stories all interweave nicely and come together for a predictable but still satisfying end. It's a nice enough length for the stories to develop thoroughly, but not so long that you're bored by the end and Mansell seems to judge this perfectly. It's a brilliant review, and I really enjoyed reading this book, and felt a tad sad when it ended! I'll have to look out for her older stuff now to keep myself happy until her next book! Highly recommended!
ISBN: 978-0755328178. Published by Headline Review in Feb 2009 in hardback, with the paperback release set for June 2009. The hardback contains 416 pages.
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