Source: Review Copy
Publication: 12th July 2018 from Headline Review
On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…
And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…
Delicious, delightful, delovely,… that’s what springs to mind when I think about a book by Jill Mansell. I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour and even more pleased that This Could Change Everything is such a gorgeous book.
For me, reading this book was like slipping down into a heavenly scented warm bubble bath with soft candle lighting and a glass of champagne. It’s relaxing, it gives me joy and I feel so much better for having read it.
Jill Mansell has such an easy way with her characters who shine like jewels from the pages. From the fabulous Zillah whom I would dearly love to emulate through to Scarlett, Essie, Lucas and Conor, each of whom has their own story that slowly unfurls through the pages, keeping my interest and tying me to the book all day.
Like strawberries and cream, this book is summer; a book to while away the balmy days and nights, grinning with pleasure at the witty prose; luxuriating in the romanticism and loving the complicated love lives of characters who can’t ever get it right first time round.
The stories of each of these characters touch the heart and lift the spirits and when you have finished, all you want is to view the world with a little more kindness.
It takes a special writer to make you feel that way. Jill Mansell achieves it and more.
Verdict: Delicious, delightful, delovely
About Jill Mansell
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT, TO THE MOON AND BACK, YOU AND ME, ALWAYS and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.
Jill’s personal favourite among her novels is THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.
Jill started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. Her first book was published in 1991 and she is now a full-time novelist. She is one of the few who still write their books by hand, like a leftover from the dark ages. She lives in Bristol with her family.
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