…vivid and enchanting.... [You and Me, Always] can be enjoyed on a rainy afternoon with a pot of tea and some scones. — Kirkus
International bestseller Jill Mansell crafts a deliciously romantic story about love, loss and secrets that just can’t be kept
Nothing stays secret forever, least of all love…
On the morning of her twenty-fifth birthday, Lily Harper opens the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight. Learning about the first and only real love of her mom’s life is a revelation.
The same momentous day, Lily meets Eddie Tessler, an actor fleeing fame who could change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.
As secrets past and present begin to emerge, Lily’s not sure what—or who—to believe. But one thing is clear: in the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…
Praise for Making Your Mind Up:
“Mansell’s gentle humor and enormous heart always ensure a treat for her readers.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
The charming village of Stanton Langley in England's Cotswolds serves as both character and setting in Mansell's (The One You Really Want) latest multigenerational romance. Lily's dying mother wrote her letters, each one to be opened on her birthday. Now that Lily's turning 25, she reaches the final letter. She learns the name of her mother's real love and writes to him with hopes of a meeting. Lily's biological father was never in the picture, and the recently widowed Coral, who runs the architectural salvage where Lily works, raised Lily after her mother died. Pilot Dan, Lily's childhood friend and confidant, secretly loves her, and for years Lily has concealed her feelings for him as well. Their witty dialogue sizzles, and the plot weaves naturally among characters, who are all strongly developed with solid backstories. An actor hiding from the paparazzi in a neighbor's house and the antics of Coral's Internet dating complete this captivating read.