Repeatedly I’ve noted my fascination with British authors, particularly in contemporary chick-lit / romance genres. Today I welcome Jill Mansell back to the blog with her new release for the US Market. You can also download an eleven chapter sample of the title – to get a feel for the author and the book. AND there is a giveaway where you could win one of 3 paperback copies of GOOD AT GAMES by Jill Mansell. But first
The One You Really Want
Having read a series of punch-in-the-gut romances of late, it was time for that slow burn story with heroines that are a little older, if not always wiser to the ways of the world, and The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell was just the right read.
Nancy opens a Christmas card from a posh jewelry shop that was addressed to her husband, and believes he spent lavishly on her gift. He did, but the lavish money went to a new lawn mower with the jewels being gifted to someone else…his mistress. Reeling from the discovery, she heads to her best friend’s house to make some decisions. Carmen, too, is dealing with the recent death of her husband, so these two women are supporting one another through these massive changes that have happened, and more importantly, those to come.
Mansell’s humor is spot on, as these two decide to re-enter the dating pool with some spectacularly awkward moments, funny moments and even a second chance at love. From the charity shop worker to Bennie of the Rock Band, through Connor – everyone is finding a new reason to smile. Each character brought something to the story that made it feel fuller, adding depth and breadth to the story. You get a sense of the drier humor of the Brits, the no-nonsense approach to her slimy husband’s betrayal from Nancy, and the completely relatable situations that are presented.
Solidly written, if a bit older, this is the perfect getaway read for those who want a character driven story with just a touch of angst but plenty of humor.
Title: The One You Really Want
Author: Jill Mansell
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published on: 5 April 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 17 minutes
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A funny, heartfelt novel about second chances at love from beloved bestseller Jill Mansell
When it comes to love, never say never
When Nancy discovers the expensive jewelry her husband's been buying isn't for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen's posh Chelsea town house to sort things out.
Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in love with the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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