Making your mind up – Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell Making your mind upTitle: Making your mind up
Author: Jill Mansell
Publisher: Headline Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 436
My rating★★★★✫

In the past I have read a few books by Jill Mansell which I really enjoyed, but somewhere along the way I started to read other books and somehow I had not picked up any of her newer books. Since I saw a live interview at the Manuscripta book event here in Utrecht in September 2014 I really wanted to start reading her books again, so I picked this one up at a book fair somewhere in the past year and decided to read it for Paperback Summer. After all I do think a bit of romance is great summer reading material.

What the book is about

Lottie Carlyle isn’t looking for love when she meets her new boss, Tyler Klein. Living in a beautiful cottage with her two adorable – sometimes – kids in an idyllic village in the Cotswolds, on good terms with her ex-husband and with friends all around, she’s happy enough with her lot. But Tyler’s perfect for Lottie and quickly she falls for him – and he for her. Unfortunately, there’s a problem. For reasons that are totally unfair, Lottie’s children HATE Tyler. When a rival for Lottie’s affections comes on the scene in the shape of charmer Seb, the children adore him, and he’s certainly a distraction. But he’s not Tyler – and he’s not even at all what he seems. Lottie’s got a problem – but thanks, in classic Jill Mansell style, to a tobogganing accident and a delicious series of mix-ups, all will be revealed and true love will find a way.

What I think about the book

I really needed to get into this story and that took me quite a bit. I am a slow reader, because of my pregnancy, and with the short chapters and many characters that are involved it took me a while to get to know them all. Once I did it was all lovely and I finished the book quite fast.

What I really love about Jill Mansell’s style is how the events in her books are so realistic, it could happen to anyone. That way you can relate to all the characters. I also felt many different emotions while reading this book, especially the male characters were quite annoying sometimes and I got quite mad at them for the things they did. Nope, not going to spoil anything here.

In the end, everything falls into place, which is another thing that is typical for a Jill Mansell story. The characters get what they deserve and there’s always room for a couple of ‘they lived happily ever after’ moments.

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