Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (28th January 2016)
On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…
As anyone who has ever followed my blog, read my tweets or asked me for a book recommendation in “real life” will know, I LOVE Jill Mansell books. I love the fact that her books have an uncomplicated, complicated story – what I mean by that is, you know it’s going to be a happy ending with all loose ends tied up and everyone ending up together but the route to get there isn’t ever smooth!
I couldn’t wait for this new book and, having read the synopsis, I had a pretty good idea what the story would be – Lily was obviously going to get a letter on her 25th birthday telling her that the man she always thought was her dad wasn’t and she would travel around unpicking her mum’s life and finding out loads about herself and her mum along the way. WRONG!! You know the saying “never judge a book by it’s cover…”?
Yes, Lily gets a letter on her 25th Birthday – it’s the beginning of chapter 4, and I cried – but the revelation is fab and takes a while to develop. The characters and mishaps along the way are brilliant and, having listened to Jill give a talk in October where she said she eaves drops on conversations in coffee shops, I would love to know if that’s where the inspiration for Patsy’s disastrous love life came from!
I loved all of the characters and, as with all of these books, I would love to see a book about Patsy, and a book about Coral! I also thought Sean and Will were a brilliant addition to the story, they didn’t do what you expected and their parts of the storyline were the most surprising – not by what they did but by what they didn’t do!
Once again, this is a brilliantly fun, light read and would be perfect for a weekend morning snuggled up in bed or for an afternoon in the sun (wishful thinking!)
The only negative is, we have to wait another year for her next book….!
Jill is giving a talk at Purbeck Literary Festival in February too so if you are local, grab a ticket! (purbeckliteraryfestival.info)