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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    Things are getting busy with life lately (and I've been spending

    Things are getting busy with life lately (and I've been spending a lot of time with murder mysteries!) so I decided I needed a nice light, fun, feel-good, read. And I knew just the author to pick up! Jill Mansell always delivers a wonderfully warm chick lit read.

    Don't Want to Miss a Thing is her latest North American release.

    I was surprised in the first pages - this time 'round we have a male lead character. Dexter is a 'player' - he's got the looks, the money and no lack of female company in London. When his older sister Laura gives birth to her daughter Delphi, Dex falls in love for the first time in his life. Then the unthinkable happens - Laura dies. With no partner she names Dex as Delphi's guardian. Dexter is hesitant - he just doesn't believe he can raise this little girl...but he loves Delphi dearly.

    He decides to permanently move to his weekend home in a small village in the Cotswolds. His new neighbours welcome him to the community and next door neighbour Molly offers to help out with Delphi. And could there be a little spark between Molly and Dex? The village is full of wonderfully warm, real, eclectic characters, each with their own story - and their own romantic entanglements.

    Mansell's characters range from teenagers to older adults and those in between. Each one is wonderfully drawn. Every reader will find a character that they can identify with and root for. It's impossible not to be drawn into their world and their lives. You begin to imagine yourself sitting on the stool in the local café, catching up on the local gossip.

    Mansell is a master of the rom com story. Although we have lots of will they, won't they, near misses and close encounters, we know that in the end, things will turn out just as we want them to. (But Mansell still injects a dose of reality with some of the situations.) Really, who doesn't love a happy ending. And with Jill Mansell, the trip to that happy ending is oh, so enjoyable!

    Don't Want to Miss a Thing was a wonderful, warm read - a perfect get away from it all tale filled with love and laughter. Absolutely recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

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    Jill Mansell brings readers another emotional, well plotted nove

    Jill Mansell brings readers another emotional, well plotted novel, in her latest offering, Don't Want to Miss a Thing. Mansell has a knack for writing stories that warm the heart and make readers smile in spite of themselves. Her humor and realistic, believable characters make her an author that readers want to return to again and again. With a charming English village, a baby, and a playboy, chick-lit enthusiasts can go wrong with this book!

    Mansell has said that she takes her ideas from the headlines and pieces things together to make a story. In this book, she takes a London playboy and makes him a father overnight. He has to re-think his way of life, from where he lives to who he dates, because he has someone else depending on him now. I liked the fact that this is something that could and does really happen. When Dexter's sister Laura has an accident and leaves him as guardian to her eight month old daughter his world becomes chaotic, but he does the right thing and surprises everyone. It's a situation that readers have seen play out in real life as well as in Mansell's world and that makes all the difference.

    As a character, Dex is just wonderful. At first readers see him as playboy. He has the life he wants, wine, women, a fancy car, the perfect job, and then in an instant it all changes. I liked the fact that Mansell made Dex man up and take his responsibilities seriously. He takes on the challenge of parenthood and is determined to give Delphi a good life. I thought he was sensitive and caring and would make a great father, but he sure had a lot to learn and that's where the humor comes in. Putting a man who has no idea how to care of child in this situation had to come across as hilarious at moments and tender at others. Mansell really understood the growth that needed to take place in Dex and she pulls it off with style. He is a real joy to read about.

    When Dex moves to the small village of Briarwood in the Cotswalds, he believes that this is the kind of place he wants to raise a child. Then he meets Molly, a young cartoonist and they instantly bond over Delphi. As their relationship grows, readers get to learn about Molly's chaotic love life and her past mistakes. I liked Molly a lot. She may have had love troubles, but she understood her mistakes and learned from them. I liked the fact that Mansell takes her time with this love story and brings these characters together in a way that is both heartwarming and entertaining. Though this book is over 400 pages, it is worth the time to really savor the romance and enjoy the interactions between the main characters and the other townsfolk in Briarwood.

    The secondary characters and their side plots were very interesting to me. Briarwood is a typical English village full of gossip and every day circumstances and Mansell does a fantastic job of not only bringing it to life but engaging her readers with the town. All of the people Molly and Dex come in contact with have a part in their story and I loved how everything came together in the end. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Another great one by a favorite author

    Mansell does not disappoint with another touching, poignant story. As usual, read it ina weekend. Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Truly Wonderful Story

    I love the many characters and grounded storylines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Great book

    Loved the characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    I just love her books

    Jill Mansell is a great story teller. The characters and stories in her books are interesting, and there is often a twist or two in her story lines. This is a romance, full of engaging people, laugh out loud funny moments, and yes the inevitable heartache of change and growing up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    A must read

    This is another one of Mansell's great stories.
    It's hard to put her books down and I hope B&N
    will add new ones to her collection.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    **3.5 stars**Jill Mansell is an author who's been repeatedly rec

    **3.5 stars**Jill Mansell is an author who's been repeatedly recommended to me, particularly as I love British Women's Fiction. I was so excited to begin Don't Want to Miss a Thing. That excitement was immediately rewarded.

    Don't Want to Miss a Thing was sweet, and sad, funny, and exceeding charming story of a circle of friends whose lives are all thrown into a much different path than they expected. For me, I found this to be a story of embracing the unexpected journey. If that doesn't convince you that DWtMaT is worth a read, let me add this: I was reminded of Maeve Binchy, one of my all-time favorite authors. I loved how many of her books included several points-of-view, centered around a place or time, such as Evening Class or Nights of Rain and Stars. Needless to say, this is a huge compliment to Jill Mansell.

    Don't Want to Miss a Thing's characters/stories included: Dex, single and successful, who's life is completely altered by his sister's death, and the choice to raise his niece; Molly, Dex's new neighbor and new best friend, who's torn between wanting Dex and knowing he may hurt her; Molly's best friend Frankie, who's happy life may be a façad; and many more characters, Dex's friend Henry, Frankie's daughter Amber, the local barmaid, a former television star and her lost love, and believe it or not, more characters. Just reading this, it might seem like the book had way too much going on, but Mansell managed to create these very interesting and intersecting storylines, and maintained cohesion to tie all together.

    Don't Want to Miss a Thing is a really good story in it's own right. But if you're looking for a story that will remind you of Binchy, I highly recommend it.

    Favorite Quote:

    Frankie's eyes stayed closed but she felt the beaming smile spread unstoppably across her face. Did that make her a shameless, loose-morale trollop?
    It did?

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    This was a fun fast paced book with a happy ending for everyone.

    This was a fun fast paced book with a happy ending for everyone.  I really enjoyed it.  Jill Mansell brings her characters to life; you know the characters are well created when the book ends and you just don't want your interactions with the characters to be over.  

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has mon

    Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

    Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets...and about himself.

    The story soon becomes a collection of emotional, hilarious, heart-warming and romantic narrative. We get taken on the journey of Dex and Molly's roller coaster relationship. We also meet and get thrown into the antics of the Briarwood locals, and their hugely entertaining and entwined dynamics. Although there is certainly a lot going on in this book, I remained fascinated with all of their lives throughout it.

    The beautifully written relationship between Molly and Dex is an absolute pleasure to read. It was clear that they would eventually get together. I adored how natural and entertaining their dialogue was throughout the story. How even just a simple and accidental touch between the two of them, became breathtaking to read.

    I really can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful book. As a fan of Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novels; I felt like I'd found a book that was reminiscent of the type of "chick lit" that allowed the main character to be strong, yet emotionally open. Molly was a sweet character that only annoyed me in her judgement of Dex, who really manages to warm the heart. Dex isn't the regular Lothario that you're eager to hate; he's actually much more complex and filled with surprising depths of kindness and generosity. I think that I fell in love with Dex!

    I loved the escape factor of the story, and the sweet love story that unfolded. The other thing I really enjoyed about Mansell's novel was the number of other characters involved in the story. Sometimes I feel as if a writer needs to fill space and keep you reading, so they introduce a number of characters to get your attention. In this case, they each felt important and lovely in connection with the story as a whole. I came to care about Frankie, Molly's best friend who finds out some rather disturbing news about her husband. Towards the end of the book, as everyone’s stories begin to come to a conclusion, I couldn’t stop the feeling of joy. This is a thoroughly satisfying emotional read and I loved every word

    Overall, I give Don't Miss a Thing a 10 out of a 10. I loved the escape factor of the story, and the sweet love story that unfolded. As mentioned, if you're at all a fan of Cabot or Kinsella, then I can readily and happily recommend this novel as another fun addition to the genre.

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