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Monday, April 6, 2009

An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell (Book Review)


Title: an offer you can't refuse
Author: Jill Mansell
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Available: April 2009
ISBN: 9781402218330
This book was made available to me for review from Sourcebooks. Thanks Danielle!

First sentence: There are some places where you might expect to bump into your boyfriend's ultra-posh mother.

Lola and Dougie were very much in love. Though only 17 and 18, they had promised each other forever. This changed in the blink of an eye. Dougie's mother was not a big fan of Lola's. She didn't think that Lola belonged in her son's "privileged" life, so she offers Lola 10,000 pounds to leave Dougie and convince him that it is over. Lola is outraged and is bound and determined to tell Dougie what kind of mother he has. Before she has a chance to speak with him, her circumstances change and she is forced to accept his mother's bribe.

Now, 10 years later she is working as a bookstore manager and living in Notting Hill. Coming to the aide of a woman in distress manages to land her face to face with her old love. Can she fan the flames and reignite his desire for her? Or will the truth of what she did keep them apart forever?

This is a great chick-lit book! The story has a host of secondary characters that are just as entertaining as Lola. They also each have their own story to add to the mix! We have Blythe, Lola's fashion-challenged mother; Malcolm- Blythe's monopoly-loving boyfriend; Gabe - the neat-freak, next door neighbor - who also happens to be Lola's best friend; Sally - Dougie's sister and Gabe's eventual flatmate - and she is as messy as Gabe is neat. Let's not forget Dougie himself and his current girlfriend Isabel - who is both beautiful and intelligent. Throw in a couple of celebrities and a long lost relative and you have a delightful read. I found this book hard to put down. If you like Sophie Kinsella, I think you will like Jill Mansell.

Jill is a current sensation in the UK - this is her first book to be published in the U.S. She has a second one due out in June - Miranda's Big Mistake.

Come back later this week as I will be interviewing Jill Mansell - my first author interview! You can find out how to win a copy of her book then!

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5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I thought this book was a lot of fun too!

Luanne said...

Wasn't it a fun read? Thanks for the link Kristi. I'll definitely be back to read your interview with Jill!!

clenna said...

I'm dying to find out what happens to Lola and Doug. Will they get back together, will they get a chance to explain?
Put my name in - I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Anna said...

Thanks for linking to my review! I really enjoyed this book, too. Sally and Gabe were my favorite characters.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Leen said...

I love Jill Mansell's books!
They are funny and romantic.

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