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review 2018-07-03 15:08
Something Missing
This Could Change Everything - Jill Mansell

Ehh this was definitely missing something. I have enjoyed the last two Mansell books I have read, but this one felt a bit empty and I honestly didn't like two out of the three main characters. I was more intrigued by a secondary character and definitely wished for her to have a better love interest than the one she got in the end. 

 

"This Could Change Everything" has Essie Phillips getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend after an email she writes is accidentally sent to everyone in her contacts list.

 

 

Essie writes one of those weird Round Robin letters that people send out around Christmas. Instead of her lying about her accomplishments she is brutally honest about what a pain her boss is and how her boyfriend's cleaning habits are a bit much. Only problem is that her boss is also her boyfriend's mother. Essie invited her brother to say with her and a friend he meets ends up staying the night (Lucas) who thought it would be very funny to send the email out to everyone Essie knows.

 

Essie ends up meeting an older woman named Ziillah looking to rent the top floor of her home. Zillah realizes that Essie will make a great tenant and happily welcomes her to her home along with another tenant named Conner. Mansell has the story going back and forth between these three. 

 

My favorite character to read about was Zillah. Zillah is in her 80s and has some regrets about her life. Married three times, and only one of those marriages being successful, she wishes she didn't marry her first two husbands. We also find out that Zillah is up to making amends a bit by using her money to make wishes come true for dying adults. I don't know if I liked this little subplot or not. I ended up reading and not feeling much of anything about that which is weird for me. I cry at a drop of a hat usually. I think I just ended up feeling emotionally manipulated and didn't care for it.

 

I didn't really like Essie much at all. She ends up going back to being a waitress and works for Lucas. Lucas and Essie seem to like each other, big problem is that Essie blames him for ruining her life and Lucas has a seemingly perfect girlfriend. As readers you have to hope they get together which means cheating (bah). I also hated the reveal about Lucas and his life and the whole email thing. It didn't make any sense,

 

Conner is a snob. There is no way to explain his whole thing. I wasn't rooting for him and hated the fact that Scarlett (Essie's best friend) even had a crush on him. 

 

The writing was okay, but unlike with previous Mansell books there was nothing that really made any characters sing. I was bored for most of these stories and thought that Mansell took an easy route out to resolve some things instead of making us dislike certain characters.

 

The ending happens and it doesn't seem fully like a happy ending at least to me. An okay book to pass the time. 

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-09 13:20
Almost Perfect Romance Read
The Unexpected Consequences of Love - Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell books are hit or miss with me. I needed some good reads this weekend and just read books til I fell asleep. This was the only sample by Mansell that actually intrigued me, so I ended up buying this. Per usual there is a cast of characters, some misunderstandings, and a HEA for all the people involved. The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is that I thought the reaction of one of the characters to another character butting in on her business was not what we have been shown the whole book. If she had a bad reaction to the things that he went and got nosy about, that would have felt more real to me.

 

"The Unexpected Consequences of Love" has photographer Sophie doing what she can to build up her business in Cornwall. Due to events that happened years ago, Sophie has sworn off all men, Her best friend Tula, ends up getting fired and moves to Cornwall to work as well. Tula has a crush on the local hotel owner's grandson (Josh) but he only has eyes for Sophie. Too bad Tula doesn't like the local writer's grandson (Riley) who only has eyes for her. Josh's grandmother and grandfather (Dot and Lawrence) are divorced though both wish that they could go back and do things differently. So that sets up things between all of the major characters in this one.

 

I have to say that I loved Sophie a lot. We find out why she has sworn off men. Though she is curious/intrigued by Josh, there's a reason why she is rightfully gun-shy about becoming involved with anyone.


Tula was a bit of a mess, but also lovable. She wants a romantic happily ever after and believes that Josh is the one that will give it to her. Even though he practically puts up smoke signals to let her know that he's not into her at all. Tula's father ran off when she was young and her mother kept getting involved with men who were allergic to work. Due to Riley not having a real job, Tula is staying far away from him even though she acknowledges how attractive he is.

 

Josh bugged me. Due to Sophie turning him down repeatedly, he is determined to figure out why she won't go out with him. He snoops and involves himself with her past all so she will go out with him. Sorry, I am still annoyed by this whole thing. Due to how Mansell characterized Sophie in this book, I had a hard time with this whole thing without her being really upset by it. And this is all due to a guy not hearing the word "no". Instead he is determined he is going to "fix" her or her past so that he can finally get with her. Ugh. 

 

Riley was very cute and I loved the reveal about him.


Dot and Lawrence were adorable. I don't know what I would have done in Dot's shoes, she has a rightful reason to be upset with Lawrence. When she starts dating someone else, I was of two minds about it while reading. A very good resolution occurs with these two, but then they kind of just disappear for the last portion of the book.

 

The writing was very good. I liked all of the interactions between characters. The flow worked too.


The ending didn't feel very realistic and was kind of abrupt. I wish we had gotten a chance to look at everyone months down the road or something. 

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review 2018-03-10 12:35
The One You Really Want - Jill Mansell

Started off enjoying this but by the time I got half way through it was apparent that too many storylines were being crammed into the book. By the end everything was rushed to get the romantic storylines all tied up neatly and it just didn't work. Any connection I felt with the characters at the beginning evaporated into confusion. Shame though, it really did start off well.

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review 2018-01-30 15:34
This Could Change Everything - Jill Mansell

Essie’s life changes dramatically when a joke round robin, meant only for the eyes of her friend, makes it to everyone on her email list. That email list included her boyfriend’s mother, who happened to be the subject of the round robin. Essie finds herself jobless and homeless but is luckily saved when Zillah steps in and offers her the flat above her home. Essie soon makes friends with Zillah and her other neighbour Conor. And when Essie gets a job in the pub across the road she thinks she’s set. Then she meets Lucas, though things aren’t as easy as all that….

 

I’ve always found Jill Mansell’s books a joy to read, This Could Change Everything is no different. Funny, moving, warm and wonderfully entertaining, it was a lovely way to while away a few hours.

 

The characters are all well drawn. Zillah is a wonderful character, kind, generous and mischevious, and is Essie’s saviour when she gives her a place to live, and a new friend in Conor, who also has a flat in the same building. Essie’s friend Scarlett brings humour to the story. Paul, Essie’s ex-boyfriend is juxtaposed excellently by Lucas, both of whom torment Essie in their own way.

 

The book is peppered with humour, Scarlett often provides light relief with the scrapes she gets herself into. There are also very moving, thought-provoking scenes as Zillah offers her own kind of make a wish treats. She, in particular, shows that kindess and thoughtfulness are often the most important things we can offer to others.

 

Jill Mansell books are a literary cuddle. You can’t help but feel warm and cosseted whilst lost in the pages. I picked This Could Change Everything up early one morning and turned the last page that same evening.

 

This Could Change Everything is a lovely book to while away a winter evening or to read during a hazy summer day. I’m already looking forward to the next book from Jill Mansell.

 

Recommended.

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review 2018-01-18 05:30
Sheer Mischief - Jill Mansell

As usual, Jill Mansell has come through with yet another light romance with lots of comedy.

I found this one to be a funny, cozy romance that I just sped through. I loved Maxine!! I thought she was a hoot and I loved some of her comebacks.

And Alan, someone should shoot him . . . twice.

Another, IMHO, great read by Mansell that I totally enjoyed.

Thanks to Sourcebooks and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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