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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Delightful Brit Chick Lit

I admit it - I LOVE chick lit - and I think British chick lit is some of the best! I am so excited that Sourcebooks is bringing Jill Mansell's titles to North America! An Offer You Can't Refuse is being released today.

Seventeen year old Lola Malone is madly in love ...
I admit it - I LOVE chick lit - and I think British chick lit is some of the best! I am so excited that Sourcebooks is bringing Jill Mansell's titles to North America! An Offer You Can't Refuse is being released today.

Seventeen year old Lola Malone is madly in love with Dougie Tennant. But Dougie's mother Adele is less than enamoured with Lola - she wants her out of Dougie's life. She offers Lola a large sum of money to do just that. Lola is horrified, but when a family situation necessitates a large cash influx, she is reluctantly forced to accept Adele's offer.

Fast forward ten years - Lola is back in Britain and the manager of a bookstore. I loved Mansell's choice of occupation for Lola.

"She craved a proper bookshop like an addict craves a fix. There wasn't much that could beat that gorgeous new-book smell, touching the covers and turning the pages of a book whose pages had, just possibly, never been turned before."

Or the customer who wants a book about insects that might have a pig in it. (Keep guessing - I'll tell you the title at the end of this post)

When Lola suddenly meets up with Dougie again and finds she is still madly attracted to him, she hopes that maybe, just maybe....it will work this time around. But when Dougie hears about the payoff, he wants nothing to do with her. She promised to never reveal the reason she needed the money, but how is she going to win Dougie back when he thinks she is nothing but money hungry?

Lola is an absolutely endearing character - someone you wish you had as a friend. The supporting characters are just as captivating, as are their story lines. Gabe is the male neat freak best friend, who through circumstances ends up living with Dougie's sloppy sister Sally. Lola's mom Blythe is a free spirit in love with a rumpled bear of a man who adores Monopoly. What will happen when Lola's real dad shows up again after twenty something years? Will any of them find true love?

An Offer You Can't Refuse is a fresh, funny, charming read that will have you rooting for Lola, her friends and family and love until you turn the last page. The writing is warm and witty. Mansell's About the Author end note gives you some idea...

" Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually, that's not true; she watches TV, eat gum drops, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marveling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she's completely run out of ways to procrastinate does she write."

An Offer You Can't Refuse was #4 on the London Sunday Times bestseller list in the summer of 2008. I'm sure it will be a hit here as well. I'm looking forward to reading Mansell's next title, Miranda's Big Mistake , when it releases in June of this year.

Love the Shopaholic series? You'll love Mansell too!

Oh - that book title - Lord of the Flies!

posted by Twink on April 7, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Accept This Offer

The concept of this book is not particularly unique - mom paying off the destitute girlfriend who needs to save her family to leave the rich boy she loves behind. But still, I enjoyed it none the less.

Most of Mansell's characterizations (on an individual level) wer...
The concept of this book is not particularly unique - mom paying off the destitute girlfriend who needs to save her family to leave the rich boy she loves behind. But still, I enjoyed it none the less.

Most of Mansell's characterizations (on an individual level) were wonderfully entertaining. Lola was funny and somewhat outlandish; she wasn't afraid to be who she was despite leaving the man she loved behind to better the lives of her family. Gabe, her BFF, was a great counterpart with his dry-wit and sarcasm. He brought truth to Lola when she didn't want to see it and helped her without fail when she set out to improve her situation. Sally, the former boyfriend's sister was eccentric and quirky; delightfully clueless and quite careless with the feelings and preferences of those around her. But done so in the most endearing way.

Dougie, the jilted boyfriend, on the other hand was a bit flat and boring. I think he was supposed to be stuffy and pompous as a result of having been left behind but that element of the story wasn't particularly clear. In the end it just made him blah overall. His mother was also pretty cliched. A helicopter mom that had the ability to hover with the best of them she was the type of rich woman offering money that we always see in movies and television shows. There wasn't anything innovative of different in her portrayal here.

I didn't particularly see any chemistry between Lola and Dougie after she left and came back. As a result I couldn't quite get into their story and found myself wondering why she was so desperate to have him back. I frankly thought she was more fun with her BFF Gabe. Even more honestly, it's the story about he and Sally that completely steal the show here.

There was definitely a level of predictability in the story but it didn't lack in fun and entertainment value. If I'm being honest I think I would have much preferred the novel switch primary and secondary stories. It would have been better for me if it centered on Gabe and Sally as compared to Lola and Dougie. So in the end it wasn't the best chick-lit novel I've read but it wasn't the worst by a long shot. It's definitely worth your time if you're looking for a read that doesn't require a lot of heavy lifting but packs some good laughs.

posted by Galleysmith on January 26, 2010

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Delightful Brit Chick Lit

    I admit it - I LOVE chick lit - and I think British chick lit is some of the best! I am so excited that Sourcebooks is bringing Jill Mansell's titles to North America! An Offer You Can't Refuse is being released today.

    Seventeen year old Lola Malone is madly in love with Dougie Tennant. But Dougie's mother Adele is less than enamoured with Lola - she wants her out of Dougie's life. She offers Lola a large sum of money to do just that. Lola is horrified, but when a family situation necessitates a large cash influx, she is reluctantly forced to accept Adele's offer.

    Fast forward ten years - Lola is back in Britain and the manager of a bookstore. I loved Mansell's choice of occupation for Lola.

    "She craved a proper bookshop like an addict craves a fix. There wasn't much that could beat that gorgeous new-book smell, touching the covers and turning the pages of a book whose pages had, just possibly, never been turned before."

    Or the customer who wants a book about insects that might have a pig in it. (Keep guessing - I'll tell you the title at the end of this post)

    When Lola suddenly meets up with Dougie again and finds she is still madly attracted to him, she hopes that maybe, just maybe....it will work this time around. But when Dougie hears about the payoff, he wants nothing to do with her. She promised to never reveal the reason she needed the money, but how is she going to win Dougie back when he thinks she is nothing but money hungry?

    Lola is an absolutely endearing character - someone you wish you had as a friend. The supporting characters are just as captivating, as are their story lines. Gabe is the male neat freak best friend, who through circumstances ends up living with Dougie's sloppy sister Sally. Lola's mom Blythe is a free spirit in love with a rumpled bear of a man who adores Monopoly. What will happen when Lola's real dad shows up again after twenty something years? Will any of them find true love?

    An Offer You Can't Refuse is a fresh, funny, charming read that will have you rooting for Lola, her friends and family and love until you turn the last page. The writing is warm and witty. Mansell's About the Author end note gives you some idea...

    " Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually, that's not true; she watches TV, eat gum drops, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marveling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she's completely run out of ways to procrastinate does she write."

    An Offer You Can't Refuse was #4 on the London Sunday Times bestseller list in the summer of 2008. I'm sure it will be a hit here as well. I'm looking forward to reading Mansell's next title, Miranda's Big Mistake , when it releases in June of this year.

    Love the Shopaholic series? You'll love Mansell too!

    Oh - that book title - Lord of the Flies!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Different, yet, better than expected

    I have read several books in the last year, but this was one of my favorites. Maybe it's because many of the previous books all started to sound the same, but this was a refreshing break from the norm. I initally picked it up because I liked the cover. The synopsis on the back cinched the deal and made me buy it. I was surprised to find that the story advance quickly and the back cover description hardly explains what really happens throughout the tale. I thought each character was well defined and their personalities were strong and different. Unlike many books and TV shows, this progressed quickly. There seemed to be multiple climax's that made me want to keep progressing to find out what happened next. It was quickly solved (which I lack patient so this was great) but then instead of being over, there was another dilemma to overcome. It kept me turning pages all the way to the end. I just couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Another good one from Mansell

    While I liked this book, I think other ones by Mansell are much more interesting character wise. The characters in this book were great but sometimes I felt like it was the same thing... same attitudes, just a different setting. It will not stop me from reading more by this author but this was not my favorite. If you're still looking for a good read, check it out :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Fun

    This was a fun, easy read. I've read a few books by this author and have liked them all. Her books are all very similar, but you know you are going to get a funny, romance type book, which is what I was looking for. One small negative was that it ended kind of abruptly, but all in all i really liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Cute

    Cute fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    A fun afternoon read

    I enjoy reading Jill Mansell, sure you usually know what will happen from the start, but there are always a few surprises. Quick read and enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Cute characters

    A nice lite read

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    I read a few reviews where it stated that this book is predictab

    I read a few reviews where it stated that this book is predictable, but I could not understand what the problem was supposed to be with predictability. It is the journey you have to follow towards that end which makes it wonderful. I loved the journey this book took me on, and even though I knew the outcome, I could not help wishing throughout that it will indeed happen. I laughed myself silly a few times. I really liked this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Classic Jill

    Loved it!

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Love this book!

    This is a great book that I didn't want to set down. After reading this book I searched for more of her books available in ebook format.

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