Jill Mansell's delicious bestseller FALLING FOR YOU is not to be missed by readers of Katie Fforde and Veronica Henry. Reviewers love Jill's novels: 'Glorious, romantic, heartwarming' Woman & Home
Maddy Harvey was a bit of an ugly duckling as a teenager, what with her NHS specs, unfortunate hair and wonky teeth. Thankfully she's blossomed since then. But when she meets Kerr McKinnon one starry summer's night and discovers, days later, who he actually is... well, that's when the problems really start. Because everyone in Ashcombe knows what happened eleven years ago, and as far as her mother's concerned, Marcella would rather tear that family to pieces with her bare hands than see Maddy associate with a McKinnon.
It's Romeo and Juliet all over again. Quick, hide those sharp knives and that little bottle of poison...
What readers are saying about Falling For You:
'Completely unputdownable. Falling for You explores some extremely serious storylines but in a moving and sometimes humorous manner' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'Full of warmth and fun and wonderfully familiar, yet with a hint of surprise and suspense as well. Like her other books, this is charming and witty. Another winner from Jill Mansell' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'This book surprised me so much. Perfection. Beautifully written. Oh and the ending? Mind-blowing!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Several love stories weave through a Cotswolds village in a cozy contemporary that's entertaining but not especially romantic. When former ugly duckling Maddy Harvey cute-meets a dashing stranger, it's infatuation at first sight. Then she learns he's Kerr McKinnon, brother of the boy who killed her little sister in a car accident 11 years ago. Maddy and Kerr's attempts to negotiate their relationship without devastating Maddy's family are undercut by the fact that their all-consuming attraction appears to be based on Mansell's need to disrupt the shifting alliances among Maddy's cheerfully promiscuous brother; her vengeful childhood enemy, Kate; ditzy barmaid Nuala; and Nuala's boss and boyfriend, Dexter, whose constant verbal abuse of Nuala is supposed to read as quirky but instead makes him repellent. There's a constant theme of damage to women's bodies, including injuries that implicate their partners. Several characters' parents behave in appalling ways and then falteringly try to make amends. The stars of the story are the refreshingly grubby 7-year-olds Tiff and Sophie, whose friendship seems likely to outlast all the adult relationships put together.
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I don't know how Jill Mansell does it, but I manage to get hooked on her books within the first two chapters and then have to carry on reading! Really enjoyed this book and although in this genre you kind of know where you think it's going to go, Jill manages to still keep you on your toes as there are always a few characters to invest in rather than just the one. Loved it!
It had such potential! I love how Jill Mansell spins the plot plates and manages to have several story lines going at once- but damn it Jill, I wanted Kerr and Maddy and I spent 99.9% of the book listening to other characters boring problems! Which I wouldn't have minded so much if half I time I wasn't reading about a potential romance that had fizzled out two pages later. The ending was just plain unsatisfying- Mandy deserved an apology from Marcella (who hits their own child?!) and the readers deserved an epilogue. People read the blurb and want to know more about Maddy and Kerr- spoiler alert, that doesn't happen 🤦🏽♀️
Some great characters, but not enough to focus
The blurb suggested that this book was going to be about the romance between Kerr and Maddy, but this hardly featured in it. Also disappointed by the ending. Should have been a '6 months later' epilogue or something to round it off.