International bestseller Jill Mansell delivers an enchanting, feel-good tale about the power of friendship never before published in the U.S.
Isn’t life more fun in the fast lane?
When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old schoolfriends for dinner, she hardly imagines that the evening will shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests. Roz is a stunning and self-assured TV presenter, while the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town.
When they reveal that Camilla’s husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends, she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun--and the future still holds plenty of surprises.
Praise for Jill Mansell:
“[A] true page-turner.”—Harlequin Junkie for Sheer Mischief
“Mansell’s books are must reads.”—Night Owl Reviews Top Pick 5 Stars for Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
“[Mansell’s] skillful balance of heartbreak and joy will stay with readers long after they finish the book.” —Publishers Weekly for Three Amazing Things About You
“[A] beautiful mix of heartbreak, humor, and redemption that is sure to delight...”—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for You and Me, Always
There's enough melodrama packed in Mansell's latest (following Miranda's Big Mistake) to fill at least a quartet of tales, but despite the near-constant disasters, the story still ably pulls readers in. When teenager Camilla Stewart meets Loulou Marks and Roz Vallender at boarding school, little does she realize that the threads of their lives are destined to tangle for years to come. After bumping into Loulou, now a wine bar owner, and Roz, a TV show host, in Harrods, housewife and mother Camilla invites them to dinner only to find out that her husband, Jack, is having a torrid affair with Roz. After dumping a pot of chrysanthemums over Jack's head, she leaves the kids with him and moves in with Loulou. Through Loulou, she meets Italian pop star Nico Coletto, with whom she promptly falls in love not that it does her any immediate good, because Mansell throws in a bevy of crises, including two unexpected pregnancies, an impulsive marriage, and a death to keep them apart until the end of the book. Despite bearing a marked resemblance to an afternoon soap opera, Mansell's novel offers diverting fun.)