WWW Wednesday 24th August 2016

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Firstly, a public service announcement: I won’t be taking part in the next couple of WWW Weds as I’m off on my hols. But I’ll try to keep up with your posts! 🙂

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Review | Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

I honestly don’t think she’s capable of writing a bad book. 4/5.

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

The blurb: Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out…

Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more.

Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.

Three Amazing Things About You begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

My take:

I picked up this book in a local charity shop because I was in desperate need of a cheerful, lighter read. I’ve read about ten of Mansell’s books now and I’ve enjoyed all of them. So although I flicked through the first few pages before buying, just to double check I hadn’t read it before (my memory isn’t brilliant for titles and all the covers are very similar), I didn’t bother reading the blurb because I trust Mansell to entertain me with a good contemporary romantic tale and don’t feel the need to know exactly what’s going to happen.

The result of this was that I was already four or five chapters into the book and had been introduced to all the main characters and their love interests before I finally read the blurb… and was instantly on edge! In that short time I’d become quite attached to the characters and it was certainly an incentive to keep reading to find out which one of them was going to end up being an organ donor!

Mansell’s books usually present us with various heroines and heroes. This is a great tactic because you can be pretty sure that you’ll become deeply invested in at least one of the stories, if not all of them. For me, the highlight of the book was Hallie’s story. She was so likeable, I desperately wanted her to get her happy ending in terms of her health and love-life, and her story was well-paced.

Overall: another great contemporary romance from Jill Mansell. If you like this sort of thing, you can’t go wrong with any of her books!


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WWW Wednesday 17th August 2016

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WWW Wednesday 16th March 2016

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Review | You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell as reliable as always. 4/5.

You and Me Always by Jill Mansell book cover

Thank you again to Headline and Sonya over at A Lover of Books for my copy of You and Me, Always which I won through a competition on Sonya’s blog.


The blurb: On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.

Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.

Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again...

My take:

When you’ve just read a creepy book about serial killers, what better than to go to the other end of the spectrum and pick up a contemporary romance? 🙂

This is Jill Mansell’s 27th book and was published at the end of January this year. I’ve now read 8 books by Mansell and I’ve found them all to be well-written and carefully-plotted with characters who jump off the page. I consider her work to be the high watermark in the contemporary romance genre and You and Me, Always maintains her high standards. This book is like a warm hug. It’s cosy, humorous and while the plot may be predictable it’s thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall: if you enjoy contemporary romance, I urge you to read Jill Mansell’s books. You and Me, Always is another good example of her excellent work!


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

 

WWW Wednesday 9th March 2016

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