Tilly Cole's live-in boyfriend has just moved out without a word of warning, but Tilly knows the real reason. She has let the relationship die. To get her mind off her return to being a single woman, she goes for a visit with her best friend, Erin, who lives in a small English village in the Cotswolds and lives over her own shop. Erin used to think she'd leave Roxborough, but now she knows better. It's lovely living in a town where everyone knows everyone, even if sometimes it can be annoying.
While in town, Tilly has a good time, but she's anxious to get back to London. That is, until she sees an advertisement for a "girl Friday". Suddenly, the idea of staying somewhere different is appealing -- especially after she gets a glimpse of the irresistible Jack Lucas, an almost-widower (his bride having died in a terrible accident just prior to the wedding) with a terrible reputation but a charmer, nonetheless. Maybe there's something for Tilly in this tiny village. It's worth a try, after all.
Tilly finds herself blown into the whirlwind of her new boss's life and enjoys it immensely, but there's something very odd going on whenever she's around Jack. Is he interested in her? And, could it be that she's just the slightest bit attracted to him? Of course not. If there's one thing Tilly knows, it's that she is not going to become a notch on the bedpost of a man known to have slept with everyone in the village. But, there is something utterly charming about him and he's hiding a secret Tilly must uncover. While she keeps Jack at a distance, they become fast friends. But, someday, she is going to find out the truth. And, what will happen then?
I totally adore Jill Mansell's playful, romantic books. I got an ARC of Rumor Has It from Sourcebooks, but I own the vast majority of Mansell's books written before about 2005 and the truth is that I'll always, always read whatever she writes -- she's one of my all-time favorite writers. It's just rather nice that I no longer have to pay overseas postage. Like her other books, Rumor Has It is blessed with lovely characters, interesting twists, several relationship stories going on at once. There's always a lot happening in a book by Jill Mansell.
You could classify Jill Mansell's books as "chick lit" but I honestly think that would be rather rude. They're romantic and funny but not brainless fluff, so I like to think of them as "romantic comedy" but they're mostly fun, light relationship stories. They take place in the U.K. because Jill Mansell is from Great Britain, so if you're a hopeless Anglophile, there's an excellent excuse to read her books.
5/5- Extremely entertaining, lively and romantic fun with a few serious undercurrents (Jack's loss, Tilly's inability to let anyone stay close, a terrible town busybody and a couple sneaking around because his wife exhausted him and then he just happened to fall in love with her, etc.) . The characters are realistic if a bit more light-hearted and lovable than most.
I think of all of the Jill Mansell books I've read, only one didn't thrill me. And, I still enjoyed it; I just wouldn't have given it a perfect score. Bear in mind that I'm a gushy fan and tend to rate her books very high because they totally sweep me away and always, always make me smile.
In other news:
Pardon the onslaught of reviews. I'm trying to punch a good hole in that nasty list of unreviewed reads. Catching up is going well, today. I'm happy. Hope you're happy, too!
I think Mansell's characters are wonderful - they're what makes her books so much fun.ReplyDelete
I read Rumour Has It last year and LOVED it. I picked it up at an English language bookshop in Rome. I didn't realize it wasn't out in the US yet.ReplyDelete
Absolutely. Her characters are wonderful. They have heart.
It's just been released or is being released, May 1 -- not sure which. I'm close to publication, anyway. I remember telling you I thought you'd like Jill Mansell, but couldn't remember what you read.
I'm thrilled you no longer have to pay overseas shipping!!ReplyDelete
So am I! It was expensive. Book Closeouts helped rid me of that problem, since they sell imports at very reasonable prices.
I just love how fun these books are. Great review. I hear I'm blurbed on the book or in the book. I haven't looked at my copy yet, but I'm going to check it out!ReplyDelete
Very cool about being blurbed. I'm a big fan of Jill Mansell. I'm not sure I've ever said anything sound-bite worthy, though.
Great review! It sounds like such a fun, charming read. I also got an ARC from Sourcebooks and am really looking forward to finally discovering Mansell's writing!ReplyDelete
Jill Mansell's books are consistently delightful. I think you'll love her!
Every time I see a Mansell review I think I'd love the book. I am going to add this one to my list right this minute.ReplyDelete
You should definitely go for it. Jill Mansell's stories are absolutely charming.
Jill Mansell's books are just fabulous.ReplyDelete