Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rumor Has it - Jill Mansell


Oh, I just know when I sit down with a Jill Mansell book, that without a doubt I'm going to love it!

In Rumor Has It, Tilly Cole arrives home from work one night to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend Gavin. Even before she turns on the light switch she can feel something is different. There is - Gavin has taken what belonged to him, left a note on the mantelpiece and moved out.

Tilly runs to visit her best friend Erin in the little town of Roxborough, England to cry on her shoulder. Well, not really cry - she's kind of okay with Gavin leaving. She spies an advertisement in the local paper for a "Girl Friday, fun job, country house". With nothing left for her to go back to in London, she impulsively applies for the job - and gets it! She'll be working for Max and his daughter Lou. Max works with Jack Lucas as well - as rumor has it, he has quite the reputation with the ladies. Or is there more to Jack than meets the eye? Rumors abound in Roxborough.....

Jill Mansell has yet again crafted a novel I want to live in. I would love to be friends with Tilly and Erin. They're warm, lovable, quirky characters. The secondary characters are just as appealing. Max is funny and charming, as is his ex wife Kaye. The sub plots involving these characters and Erin are just as captivating as Tilly's storyline. Jack was very appealing! I was getting a little annoyed with Tilly when she rejected him yet again! Mansell also introduces a bit of a serious note as she explores the impact of Max's sexuality and the death of another character. Both scenarios are handled with candor and humour.

The dialogue is quick, witty and always entertaining. The predicaments that Tilly gets herself into have me laughing out loud. Yes, you know everything will turn out the way you want it to in the end, but that never detracts from my enjoying each and every page.

I really think the Brits do chick lit the best and Jill Mansell is one of the best!

Want a sneak peek? Read an excerpt of Rumor Has It.

Make sure you stop back tomorrow for an interview and giveaway with Jill Mansell!!

9 comments:

pinkilili said...

Hi Luanne! Sounds like a good one, I'd been wondering about this one since I saw it at the library. Decided to reserve it now :)

Mary said...

This has been very popular among bloggers recently. I still haven't read a book by JM but the reviews I've read of Rumor Has It, yours included, make me want to read it soon.

pinkflipflops said...

I really want to read this one. I am thinking it may make my beach bag at some point this summer if I can get my TBR list taken care of.

jenny wilson said...

I have this on my mountain TBR

Jonita said...

You said it- the British really do chick lit best! Jill Mansell is one of my absolute favourite authors, and I loved this book!

bermudaonion said...

I love Jill Mansell's characters so much! It sounds like she's written another winner!

Mystica said...

Sounds really nice. Havent read any of hers but this review has made me want to pick it up.

Patti V. said...

Luanne - You KNOW this is just the kind of book I would love!!

Anna said...

I really enjoyed this one, too. I agree that it would be fun to be friends with Tilly and Erin.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric