Blog tour review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

I’m always mega excited to find out that Jill Mansell is bringing out a new book and this was no exception. Thanks so much to Anne for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. Jill is an absolute legend. I’ve been reading her books since she’s been writing them and how I’d love her to share her secrets of how she just gets stronger and stronger delivering such consistently great reads.

She’s such an inspiration and not only that, such a lovely person who I’ve been lucky enough to meet on a number of occasions and I can only hope that one day, as a writer, I’d have a fraction of her gift. It was my very great pleasure to interview Jill on my Facebook page during lockdown and you can watch the interview by clicking here!

But more about Promise Me…

About the book

One minute Lou is happily employed, with a perfect flat. The next, her home and job have gone. Suddenly she has to start over.

The last thing Lou wants is to move to a tiny Cotswolds village. She certainly doesn’t intend to work for curmudgeonly eighty-year-old Edgar Allsopp. But Edgar is about to make her the kind of promise nobody could ignore. In return, she secretly vows to help him fall in love with life again.

Foxwell is also home to Remy, whose charm and charisma are proving hard to ignore. But Lou hasn’t recovered from the last time she fell for a charmer. She needs a distraction – and luckily one’s about to turn up.

Secrets never stay hidden for long in Foxwell, nor are promises always kept. And no one could guess what lies ahead…

What did I think?

As I said briefly above, it fascinates me that authors such as Jill can write so many books and still create new, interesting storylines and such amazing characters every time. It’s such a skill to become stronger and stronger and Jill never fails to deliver such high-quality entertainment with each book.

Promise Me was a brilliant story. My gauge of a great book is one that I want to jump into and become the characters and I do that in all of Jill’s books but in this, I wanted to be Lou for sure. I loved her from the minute I met her in the car park and more as the story developed. Such a wonderful character that I routed for from the very first page.

I loved the inter-generational relationship that she had with Edgar and how even at his ripe old age, he was still able to learn about life and people. And let’s not forget Captain Oakes. Foxwell was another fabulous Cotswold setting that I could absolutely picture in my mind as if I’d lived there myself for years.

I raced through the pages, wanting to read more but at the same time never wanting it to end. It made me laugh, and cry and took me on a thoroughly enjoyable journey along with all of the characters.

This is such a gorgeous, heartwarming book that really will bring joy to your soul. A proper feel-good novel to cosy up with. Perfect uplifting entertainment with Jill’s wonderful humour peppered throughout.

I would highly recommend Promise Me and give it all the stars and more!

About the author

Jill Mansell has been writing Sunday Times bestsellers for over twenty years, most recently
Should I Tell You? Her hobbies include exploring the Cotswolds and the south west of
England, scouting for locations for future books, and discovering brilliant new restaurants
along the way. She lives in Bristol with her family.
Twitter @Jill Mansell
Facebook /OfficialJillMansell
Instagram @JillMansell

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