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I wouldn't fling this to one side
Millie's Fling - Jill Mansell
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Millie's Fling - Jill Mansell
Advantages: Very easy to read
Disadvantages: None at all
Millie Brady doesn't realise just what she is letting herself in for when she saves successful novelist Orla Heart's life and has no idea just how much this off chance meeting will change her own life either. Orla is determined to thank Millie in the only way she knows how by helping her find love. Throw into the equation a job as a skating gorilla-gram, a dropped wallet with a gorgeous owner, an overly flirtatious boss and a best friend with a tangled love life and you have all of the ingredients for 'Millie's Fling'.
Millie's Fling is written by Jill Mansell, an author who up until recently I hadn't really come across much. I had heard of her as I do read a lot, chick lit in particular, but for some reason hadn't ever read any of her work. My friend had passed on 'Perfect Timing' before Christmas which I loved and then this was followed by 'Kiss', which again I really enjoyed, so when she said she had just finished reading 'Millie's Fling' and would I like to borrow it as well I didn't hesitate in saying yes..
The story kicks off with Millie listening to her boring boyfriend talking about them moving in together, a thought that terrifies Millie as basically she isn't very keen on him. As they are in a car at the time over looking the sea at a picturesque spot (which is also renowned as being the local suicide spot) Millie sees a woman pacing up and down looking like she is about to leap over the edge into the sea and rocks below. After talking her round she realises why this woman seems familiar as she is the successful author Orla Heart, and after Millie's boyfriend drives off in a huff she finds herself being given a lift home by Orla and forming an unlikely friendship. Millie lives with her best friend Hester, who despite having a lovely boyfriend Nat who she barely sees as he is working away in Scotland, is pining over her teenage crush of Lucas who has just come back into town and who is Millie's new boss.
When Millie finds a wallet lost under a hedge on a night out, her and Hester decide to drunkenly phone the owner who happens to be newly (ish) widowed Hugh...who it turns out happens to be funny, interesting, exciting and very gorgeous. Millie knows that Hugh is off limits as it's too soon after losing his wife but that doesn't stop her fancying the pants off him! Will Hugh feel the same after spending time with Millie as 'just friends'?
Orla is set on finding the perfect partner for Millie though and introduces her to several available men and we follow Millie's journey for love and surviving life in general in hot and sunny Cornwall..
Millie's Fling introduces us to the main character of Millie in the first few lines of the book and within a few moments we also meet Orla who plays a major part in the story line. I like the fact that we get to meet the main characters quite early on and get to feel comfortable with them rather than getting halfway through a book and then finding key characters are thrown in too late finding them harder to adjust to.
One thing that I did like about Millie's Fling is how the story just flows from start to finish, there are no characters back stories here which can often deter from reading the main story and personally I'm not a fan of and find the main offender for this is the author Carmen Reid. This is only the 3rd Jill Mansell book I've read so far but I'm finding her work so readable and easy going that it's a pleasure to pick up her books on an evening to settle down with as they are so easy to get involved with.
I really enjoyed this book probably more than I expected, as according to the blurb it seemed as if it was going to just be another romantic chick lit story. What I like about Jill Mansell's books is her books are often based about searching for love but they are wrote in such a light hearted and funny way that they are not soppy or sickly at all.
I loved all of the characters here and there weren't any 'nasty' ones at all and even Orla's love rat of a husband was likable as he turns out to be not as clever as he thinks. In particular though I have to say that both Millie and Orla were my favourites as they are both strong willed women in their own different ways and their approaches to life in general led to some daft and laugh out loud moments.
At 566 pages this is just the right length for me personally without stretching out the story unnecessarily and it is the sort of book that would make a perfect holiday read, and one I will definitely read again at some point in the future.
Everything about this book is enjoyable from the story to the characters to the soothing design of the cover depicting 'girl things' such as flowers, cushions and shoes and randomly a dragonfly.
I'm really enjoying Mansell's books so far and can't wait to read more of her work and know for a fact my friend has several other books by her so I will dropping several hints at borrowing them!
£7.99 - though can be found from as little as £1 online
Summary: A lovely light hearted read