There are some authors I pick up without a doubt in my mind. I know for a fact that I would be sure to love their books. Jill Mansell is one of those. Her books are always fun, and more fun. Have you ever checked out her ‘About me’ column on Goodreads? She is just hilarious! I follow her on Twitter and she had tweeted that this book was available on a discount on Kindle, and I just had to grab it.
Dexter Yates is living a carefree, easy London life, with no serious responsibilities tieing him down. He has everything he wants, money and girlfriends. Life is perfect.
Life as he knows it, changes overnight when his sister dies and leaves him his eight year old niece, Delphi, to bring up. For the first time in life, Dexter doesn’t know what to do. His beloved sister is no more and he has no one to turn to. He has to grow up and get responsible for his tiny niece. He, who has never done anything for anybody else! How on earth is he going to do all this? And why him? How could his sister think he could possibly do this?
Molly is a comic strip artist and lives in a beautiful village in Cotswolds. Dexter met her when she hurled a huge fish into the house he was contemplating buying, and it landed on his then girlfriend. Molly has just managed to dump her old boyfriend, she being the nicest of persons, ended up having a tough time convincing him that she was serious. Dexter ends up becoming her neighbor, and after his sister’s death, his cottage in the village seems to be the perfect place for his little niece.
Dexter, after the initial shock and a little pep-talk from Molly manages to gather courage and responsibility to get his life together and change his lifestyle to include Delphi. The rest of the story is a hilarious and sweet tale. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, as well as moments that pull at your heart-strings. It also has mini plots connecting the other residents of the village, which does sound like a lovely place to live in. It is also wonderful to see how much Dexter changes and how Delphi has become such a huge part of his life that he absolutely panics when someone who might be Delphi’s biological father turns up.
The characters are all well-developed, easy to identify with. Even Dexter in his playboy mode was adorable and yet real. The side characters are very real and believable.
All in all an incredibly cute book. A lovely, quick, feel-good read. One that is sure to perk you up. Just the type of book, I need sometimes. It’s perfect for a quick, fun read. I would rate it a 4/5.
About the Author
Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full-time. Jill Mansell’s books have sold over three million copies and her titles include: Making your Mind up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief and Solo, among many others.