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I am a huge fan of Jill Mansell's books, usually finding them funny, heartwarming and unputdownable. Although 'twos company' is, in my opinion, not one of her best, it is still worth a read.
The story centres around a celebrity couple, Cass and Jack Mandeville, their three children and their seemingly perfect life, destroyed when Jack meets the young, glamorous journalist, Imogen.
We follow the lives of each of the individual characters in the aftermath of Jack Mandeville's actions as Jack seems to genuinely battle with his own feelings towards both Imogen and his wife of twenty years.
Meanwhile, Comedian Sean finds his own life turned upside down by a girl, Cleo's whirlwind life as a fashion model is disrupted by a boy and all young Sophie wants is to go to Africa to be a volunteer.
It is an interesting read and I found myself constantly changing my mind about Jack and how I wanted the story to end, but as she normally does, Jill Mansell provides a pleasing ending.
I recommend 'twos company' to fans of Jill Mansell's other books.
Jill Mansell is one of my favourite chick lit authors. She wrote so many books and I am trying to work my way through them all as I only really discovered her about 3 years ago. I have read quite a few of her books including Head over heels, Let's meet at platform 8 and making your mind up.
I like Jill Mansell because I find her books easy to read and very entertaining. There is usually an element of comedy to her writing and I just don't know how she continues to up with different material for all of her books.
Two's company is based around the Mandeville family. Jack and Cass are the parents of 3 grown up children. They are both celebrities, Cass is a radio presenter and Jack write a column for the papers. They have been happily married for over 20 years and have a great life together.
They have three almost grown up children together, Cleo is a model, Sean is an up and coming comedian and Sophie, although still at school, is destined for great things. All three of them have a great relationship and to everyone looking in, the family are perfect.
Then a journalist, Imogen, comes to interview Jack and Cass on the day of Jacks 41st birthday. At first Jack appears to dislike the journalist and cass is upset that he is rude. To make up for it, Cass invites Imogen to Jacks party later that day and this is where we first find out that the reason Jack dislikes Imogen is because he actually finds himself very attracted to her. Jack is scared of what might happen because he's never been this attracted to someone other than his wife and he is right to be afraid!
Very quickly we find that Imogen persues Jack, and the two start an affair. This all happens quite early on in the book and the rest of the book deals with the consequences of their affair.
There are other problems for the family and the book also follows the lives of the children and how their father's affair affects them.
This is only my second book review and the first was criticised for not having enough detail. I like to outline a book or film and not tell you everything that happens in case you haven't read it yet. I want to write reviews to help you decide whether to read this book or not, not to tell you the whole story and spoil the ending, so I wont tell you anything else about the plot!
This is a great book with interesting characters and I would recommend it to everyone who likes a good old bit of chick lit J
I am a big fan of Jill Mansell's books so I was pleased to pick this up at my local library.
The Plot and Characters
Radio presenter Cassie and journalist Jack have the "perfect" marriage and family life, or so Cassie thinks until glamourous journalist Imogen comes to interview her. As Jack and Imogen grow ever closer, Cassie's life starts to crumble around her as she struggles to deal with the aftermath of Jack's actions.
Meanwhile, their children also have problems of their own. Comedian Sean finds his life turning upside down after getting involved with Pandora; student Sophie has her heart set on a) getting her father away from Imogen, and b) going to Africa as a charity worker. Model Cleo finds herself on the modelling assignment from hell in Venice.
As the story progresses, I found myself feeling increasingly sorry for Cassie as she struggles to deal with the public knowing all about Jack's behaviour. Jack seems genuinely torn, which makes him appear less of a villain. I couldn't take to Imogen at all, as she seemed too selfish and irresponsible to redeem herself.
In terms of the more peripheral characters, I couldn't warm to Sean at all and couldn't help but feel that he got his just desserts at the end (or so it seemed). Cleo's friend Linda seemd very wet and drippy, which I found quite annoying.
Towards the end, it seemed that the ending would be utterly predictable but I was glad to see a bit of a twist added in for a few characters.
My Overall Verdict
I really enjoyed reading this book. Although the plot doesn't sound too thrilling when described, the book wasn't boring as there was quite a lot of characterisation to either draw you into characters or turn you against them. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you have enjoyed any of Jill Mansell's previous books.