Book Review: Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

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.

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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).

Book Review: Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell

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.

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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.