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Are you in the midst of one of those "exciting" phases of life, like the eerily quiet empty nest...or the new job with the distractingly attractive, off-limits boss...or a wacky new roommate who isn't at all as advertised? What about all of those at once...
Is your life full of surprises? No? Well, what if it could be?
You may begin to think you're living someone else's reality. And maybe, that's not a bad thing...
International bestselling author Jill Mansell spins a poignant and funny story of mothers, daughters, friends, and lovers...and what happens when everything takes a turn for the unexpected.
Praise for A Walk in the Park:
"What a fabulous read...laugh out loud moments, heartwarming and sweet."—Wendy's Minding Spot
"Wonderful characters...Held me captivated."—Long and Short Reviews
"A great read with drama, dry humor, and colorful characters."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Mansell excels at the ensemble romantic comedy, and her quirky but endearing characters shine once again."—Booklist
"Charming...Mansell deftly weaves a web of poignant loves stories."—Publishers Weekly
U.K. chick-lit author Mansell (To the Moon and Back) returns with a hefty tome devoted to single mother Ginny Holland's attempts to cope with the fact that her only child, Jem, has moved away to start college. Ginny, who's decided to take in a roommate to alleviate her loneliness, is elated after the handsome Perry Kennedy responds to her ad, only to find herself rooming with his sad-sack sister Laurel instead. Ginny feels even more betrayed when her bestie Carla takes up with Perry after she introduces them to each other. Meanwhile, Jem begins falling for her rich cad landlord, Rupert Derris-Beck, much to her mother's dismay. Ginny turns her attentions to the attractive Finn Penhaligon, an antiques dealer/restaurateur, but he may still be besotted with his beautiful, gold-digging ex, Tamsin. While the book is a fun read, the sheer number of characters and plot points can overwhelm, and the story hinges too much on coincidence and mistaken impressions. There aren't any deep messages here, and Mansell takes the easy way out with a preordained conclusion.