I’ve been reading Jill’s books since she’s written them discovering her quite early in her writing career and my darling Mum and I used to devour every book she ever wrote. I am totally honoured and a little star struck, to be joining her blog tour today with my review of the brilliant Maybe This Time.
About the book
The deliciously uplifting new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. Not to be missed by readers of Lucy Diamond and Katie Fforde.
When Mimi first visits her dad’s new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. (Well, maybe not snooty Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.)
There’s Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she’d be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him.
Life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. And Mimi’s path and Cal’s are set to cross again and again – but will it ever be the right time for both of them?
So what did I think?
Wow! What a fabulous book. So entertaining and heart-warming. A wonderful feel-good read, one of those that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy with a big smile on your face.
I absolutely loved the village setting of Goosebrook, it made me want to go and live there myself. After a life-changing upset in her life, and a tragic event in Goosebrook, they take Mimi under their wings and immerse her in a community which is united through their circumstances.
Puerto Pollensa was featured heavily in the book, which I totally loved as I visited there for the first time a couple of years ago, so it was fabulous to see that come to life too and I absolutely could have lived that part of Mimi’s life.
Mimi, was such a great relatable character, finding herself in a life that she wasn’t expecting but making the most of it and not dwelling on the past, but making a future for herself.
Cal! Ah! Sigh! Well, he needs a paragraph to himself. Such a dreamy book hero. I did want to tell him off at one point for doing something that I really didn’t want him to do, all will be revealed when you read the book. I loved the whole ‘missing each other every time’ aspect to their relationship and the way that I willed them to be together, but it seemed like it was never going to happen. I was shouting at the book!
I absolutely loved this book! When an author has written as many books as Jill, you wonder sometimes if you are ever going to get one which doesn’t quite hit the spot, but Jill smashes it every single time. I’d love just a tiny bit of her skill for writing and entertaining the masses.
About the author
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay. Take a Chance on Me won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.
Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.
Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.
I’m not the only one who has been loving Maybe This Time. There is a whole blog tour happening over the launch of the book with some fabulous bloggers taking part and sharing their views too. Do check them out and see what they thought of it too.
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