Jill Mansell is one of those authors whose books never disappoint me. I love the combination of a touching story and Jill’s wonderful sense of humour that never fails to come through in her books. When I saw that this book was up for review at Netgalley, I just had to request it.
The book is based around three sets of characters Hallie, Flo and Tasha.
Hallie is a 28-year-old, with cystic fibrosis. She knows that she doesn’t have long to live, unless they find a donor for her failing lungs. She is secretly in love with her doctor Luke, but knowing that no good can come of it, given the small chances of her survival, she keeps it to herself, and devotes herself to doling out advice anonymously on her blog.
Tasha has just met with the love of her life while rummaging around in a bin, on Christmas Eve. She and Rory are head over heels in love with each other. The only fly in her ointment is that Rory love adventure sports, and Tasha, try as she might, is finding it very difficult to not worry about him when he goes off on his adventures.
Flo, has just been bequeathed a flat to live in, by Elsa, an elderly lady. The only condition being that she has to stay in and look after Jeremy. Jeremy, being Elsa’s cat, a cat with an attitude and very strong preferences. Needless to say, Elsa’s granddaughter Lena, is not pleased. She had been expecting to get the flat. Lena is bound to be even less pleased if she knows that Flo and Lena’s brother Zander might be more than just friends.
How does such different characters all tie into the story? You will have to read to find out, but I can assure you that it will be well worth the read. A brilliant book, a story that touches your heart. I love the way the author has crafted the characters, so believable, and yet so brave, especially Hallie. I loved her spirit, so generous, so giving, and yet she felt real, she didn’t feel like a character, too good to be true. Their stories run in parallel, but never feels disjointed. The story flows just perfectly. I love the way the author makes even the side characters stand out, and be memorable. I particularly liked Joe and Margot.
Hallie’s life and the challenges her condition brought with it, was a very touching and enlightening read. It is heartbreaking as well as brave at the same time. Her struggle to be noticed just as a girl, and not as an ill person, with an oxygen tank, and the special treatment that comes along with it, had my eyes welling up.
This was a book I couldn’t put down. I read it on a particularly busy Saturday and I still read it in one day, because I just couldn’t stop. A 4.5/5 read for me.
About the Author
Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full-time. Jill Mansell’s books have sold over ten million copies and her titles include: Making your Mind up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief and Solo, among many others.
This book is available to pre-order at Amazon(UK).