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!
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