To The Moon and Back

To The Moon and Back

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by Jill Mansell
     
 

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The hardest part of love is moving on...

It's been a year since Ellie Kendall's husband, Jamie, was killed in an accident, but she's still haunted by his memory. In fact, she finds herself talking to him regularly. At the urging of Jamie's successful actor father Tony, Ellie moves to London's glamorous Primrose Hill, where nobody knows her past...

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Overview

The hardest part of love is moving on...

It's been a year since Ellie Kendall's husband, Jamie, was killed in an accident, but she's still haunted by his memory. In fact, she finds herself talking to him regularly. At the urging of Jamie's successful actor father Tony, Ellie moves to London's glamorous Primrose Hill, where nobody knows her past...

UK bestselling author Jill Mansell has written 21 funny, poignant, romantic women's novels and sold over 5 million books. She is considered the Queen of Chic Lit. Her smart, sassy style has irresistible appeal for women of all ages. A full-time writer, Ms Mansell lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestselling Brit Mansell (Staying at Daisy's) delivers a romantic and lighthearted story about a woman's struggle to overcome grief—and the quirky people who help her along the way. Ellie Kendall has the most perfect, happy life until her most wonderful, sexy husband, Jamie, is killed in a car accident. Months later, Ellie is deep in mourning and engaging in regular conversation with the deceased Jamie when her movie-star father-in-law, Tony, and her funky ex–pop music star friend, Roo, step in to help her recover. Soon Ellie lands a fab new job, and hunky boyfriend prospects begin falling in her path. A montage of soap opera–like tragedies and mishaps follow as Ellie's friends each deal with their own romantic upsets while Ellie continues to pine for her dead husband. When she suspects that her new Mr. Right is standing right in front of her, she realizes it's time to put Jamie to rest. Despite eye-rolling clichés, chick lit aficionados and Mansell's copious fans will eat this story up. Others will enjoy feeling warm and fuzzy, at least short term. (Sept.)
Fresh Fiction
Exquisitely told... Compelling. The book was irresistible.
Rundpinne
A powerful and witty story about fresh starts... To the Moon and Back, to put it simply, is brilliant.
Does it Really Matter?
This is Jill Mansell at her best yet. She's like...Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Barnett, Eloisa James, and Diana Palmer all rolled into one.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
[Mansell] is in a genre of her own. Sweet and fun.
Smexy Books
A sweet romantic contemporary about love, loss, and second chances. Mansell's dry wit, comical romantic entanglements, and crazy characters are back in force...
Night Owl Reviews
Absolutely, positively an outstanding story. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick
Beck's Book Picks
This is a book you could easily devour in one sitting. ...a story that will leave your heart warm and wanting to pass on to a friend.
A Bookworm's World
My favourite chick lit author... Mansell's writing is always entertaining, filled with lots of humour.
Savvy Verse & Wit
Mansell's got a wit about her unlike other authors...she's connected to her characters in a way that makes readers feel like they are hanging out with friends.
Eva's Sanctuary
An extremely enjoyable read... Humorous and charming.
Laura's Reviews
Mansell has a wonderful gift for writing interesting, fully developed characters. To the Moon and Back is another fantastic novel by Jill Mansell.
Peeking Between the Pages
Another winner by...Jill Mansell! Her books never fail to draw me in and keep me entertained...
RT Book Reviews
Each and every facet of this wonderful story comes together to offer readers a tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance and second chances. An unforgettable, entertaining novel! 4 Stars
A Buckeye Girl Reads
The best author to read in this genre...
The Long and Short of It Reviews
A master storyteller who creates characters with unique personalities that captivate the reader's imagination and heart.
The Book Drunkard
A joy to read and full of wonderful and quirky characters.
Diary of an Eccentric
The perfect example of "chick lit" with substance, a feel-good book that kept me turning the pages long into the night.
BookLoons.com
A wonderful story with a ton of emotion ripping through the pages.
Boulder Books Examiner
Comedic and humorous... The characters are witty and lovable.
USA Today
Mansell crafts a lovely story with multiple plotlines, characters and love interests.
— Deirdre Donahue
From the Publisher
Each and every facet of this wonderful story comes together to offer readers a tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance and second chances. An unforgettable, entertaining novel! 4 Stars.

Exquisitely told... Compelling. The book was irresistible.

A powerful and witty story about fresh starts... To the Moon and Back, to put it simply, is brilliant.

This is Jill Mansell at her best yet. She's like...Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Barnett, Eloisa James, and Diana Palmer all rolled into one.

[Mansell] is in a genre of her own. Sweet and fun.

A sweet romantic contemporary about love, loss, and second chances. Mansell's dry wit, comical romantic entanglements, and crazy characters are back in force...

Absolutely, positively an outstanding story. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick

The best author to read in this genre...

I devoured the book in an afternoon... The characters become friends you care about. Funny, romantic, an utter delight!

A master storyteller who creates characters with unique personalities that captivate the reader's imagination and heart.

Outstanding! I loved it so much I read it twice, back-to-back, because I just couldn't get enough.

This is a book you could easily devour in one sitting. ...a story that will leave your heart warm and wanting to pass on to a friend.

My favourite chick lit author... Mansell's writing is always entertaining, filled with lots of humour.

A joy to read and full of wonderful and quirky characters.

Mansell's got a wit about her unlike other authors...she's connected to her characters in a way that makes readers feel like they are hanging out with friends.

The perfect example of "chick lit" with substance, a feel-good book that kept me turning the pages long into the night.

An extremely enjoyable read... Humorous and charming.

A wonderful story with a ton of emotion ripping through the pages.

"I don't know how Mansell does it, but she makes me LOVE and CARE about her characters. She has that special gift of drawing her readers into her story and keeping you riveted until the very end." - Life in the Thumb

I cried, laughed, and ached with these characters.

"Comedic and humorous... The characters are witty and lovable." - Boulder Books Examiner

"Mansell has a wonderful gift for writing interesting, fully developed characters. To the Moon and Back is another fantastic novel by Jill Mansell." - Laura's Review

Mansell crafts a lovely story with multiple plotlines, characters and love interests.

"Another winner by...Jill Mansell! Her books never fail to draw me in and keep me entertained..." - Peeking Between the Pages

"Anyone who believes that all chick lit is fluff will be surprised by this. I fell in love not only with Ellie, but with many of the secondary characters...and shed a bit of a tear of joy at the end." - All About Romance

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402243851
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
492,767
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

UK bestselling author Jill Mansell has written 21 funny, poignant, romantic women's novels and sold over 5 million books. She is considered the Queen of Chic Lit. Her smart, sassy style has irresistible appeal for women of all ages. A full-time writer, Ms Mansell lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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'Look, are you sure you don't fancy the cinema?' It was Friday, it was f ive o'clock, and Paula was clearing the debris from her off ice desk, cramming makeup back into her oversized handbag, along with her work shoes, a half-full bottle of Fanta, and a packet of Kettle chips to keep her going on the bus home. 'Because if you want to come along, honestly, that'd be great, we'd love to have you with us.'
Ellie was touched; it was like two balloons inviting a hedgehog along on their night out. Two newly-in-love balloons on their romantic night out, at that. It was thoughtful of Paula to make the offer but she wouldn't dream of taking her up on it. Paula and Dan had only been seeing each other for three weeks and Paula was doing her best to pretend she wasn't completely crazy about him, but it was obvious that she was besotted. It was yet another of the alleged 'secrets' she, Ellie, was supposed to be unaware of in order to spare both everyone else's feelings and her own.
'Thanks, but I'm f ine. I want to get to B&Q and pick up the wallpaper I ordered.' Did that sound boring? Oh well, never mind, dull but true.
Paula paused and gave her the sympathetic look she'd come to know so well. Then she said brightly, 'Well, that'll be nice, won't it? When it's done, I mean. Is this for the living room?'
Ellie nodded. There was black mold growing on the living room walls. Since scrubbing it off and painting over it hadn't worked, covering the whole lot with wallpaper appeared to be the next logical step.
'Well, look, if you want some help with that tomorrow, me and Dan could come over and give you a hand if you like. I mean, I've never done any wallpapering before, but it can't be too hard, can it?'
Eek, Paula had enough trouble putting her lipstick on straight.
'You're all right, I can manage it myself.' Grateful for the offer, Ellie slung her bag over her shoulder and gave her a hug. 'Anyway, I won't be doing any tomorrow. Tony's over for a few days and he's taking me out to lunch.'
'He is? Oh, that's great.' Relieved to have been let off the hook, Paula said with enthusiasm, 'You lucky thing!' Then she winced and clapped her hand over her mouth. 'God, sorry. I'm so stupid!'
It had happened dozens of times. Maybe hundreds. No matter how often Ellie told her to stop worrying about it and apologizing, Paula kept right on doing it. At work, everyone did; it was a kind of Pavlovian reaction they couldn't control.
'Anyway, I am lucky. We're meeting at the Ivy.'
'Wow.'
'Meeting at the Ivy, eating at McDonald's.'
Paula's eyes widened. 'Really?'
So sweet, so well-meaning, so easy to tease. 'No, not really.' Ellie relented with a smile. 'We'll probably have lunch at the Ivy too.'

'Bloody... bloody... bloody useless sodding stuff...' By midnight Ellie was ready to murder the wallpaper. Hanging on to the stepladder and jabbing wildly at the top right-hand corner of the length she'd been battling to hang for the last forty minutes, she had no hands free to prevent the adjoining section from unpeeling itself and rolling down the wall.
'Right, that's it, I've had enough of you!' Letting out a shriek she launched herself at the f irst bit, missed, and gave the pasted wall a slap that made her palm sting. OK, now the wallpaper had made her so mad she was turning into Basil Fawlty. Time to stop. It wasn't her fault; she'd just been sold unhangable wallpaper or non-stick wallpaper or something. OK, let it all fall down if that's what it wanted to do. Leave it, just step away from the carnage and get a Kit Kat out of the fridge instead.
Returning from the kitchen, Ellie turned her back on the desperate scene-it had all unpeeled itself now-and threw herself down on the sofa. She unwrapped the Kit Kat and began f licking through the TV channels. Ooh, lovely, Sleepless in Seattle, how long had it been on?
Then Jamie came into the living room and joined her on the sofa. He was wearing his old jeans and the pink shirt he'd refused to put on for his school reunion. He wore it a lot these days. Ellie loved to see him in it and she'd been right about the color; it was great on him. She knew what suited Jamie better than he did.
'Great job with the wallpapering.' He grinned at her, sitting sideways with one leg hooked beneath the other and his bare foot inches from her knee.
'I know. I'm brilliant.' Ellie took in every detail of his face, the sparkling blue eyes, the sun-streaked blond hair, the golden tan.
'You should turn professional. People would pay a lot of money to have their homes decorated like this. You know what this is, don't you?' Jamie nodded seriously, indicating the bare walls, the crumpled, fallen-down paper. 'It's postmodern shabby chic.'
'If you'd bothered to give me a hand I might have had more luck,' said Ellie.
'Ah, but it's so much more fun watching you try to do it yourself.'
'You mean you're too lazy to help.'
He smiled sadly at her. 'Oh, sweetheart, I would if I could. You know that.'
Ellie felt the familiar prickle of heat behind her eyes. Of course she knew that. They'd worked so hard together to make this f lat their own. And she wasn't going to cry. 'OK, that's enough, you can go now. I'm going to watch this f ilm.'
He turned his head, gazed at the TV screen with suspicion. As well he might. 'Is it a slushy girlie f ilm?'
He knew her so well. Ellie nodded. 'Oh yes.'
Jamie held up his hands in horror; sci-f i and war movies were more his thing. 'I'll leave you to it. Bye, gorgeous.'
'Bye.'
But the film wasn't able to hold her attention tonight. After ten minutes, unable to settle into it, Ellie switched off the TV. She could get Jamie back, but she wouldn't. It was starting to concern her, just slightly, that it wasn't quite normal to be doing what she'd been doing for the last year. Because Jamie wasn't here anymore. And he wasn't a ghost either. All she did was conjure up a mental image of him in her mind, talk to him, and have him talk back as if he were real. At school, her teachers had forever been telling her that she had a vivid imagination. Well, they'd been right. And now she was putting it to good use. Because imagining that Jamie was still around, she had discovered, was actually a really comforting thing to do. Like thumb-sucking or clutching a manky old security blanket, it just made her feel... better. At least, it did while she was actually doing it. Sometimes, afterwards, it made her feel worse, bereft and alone and sadder than ever. But most of the time it was good. If Jamie could appear as a real ghost... well, obviously that would be fantastic, but so far it hadn't happened; he hadn't obliged in that respect and she didn't believe in ghosts anyway. Besides, this way she could be in charge of his clothes. If she wanted Jamie to wear a dinner jacket or a tutu there wasn't a thing he could do about it besides complain bitterly.
Ellie wiped her eyes with the back of her hand; sometimes she didn't realize she'd been crying until the tears slid off her chin and dripped down her neck. She missed Jamie so much she sometimes wondered how she'd managed to carry on, but it had been f ifteen months now, and one way or another she had. Maybe she was going a bit batty, conjuring Jamie up and having imaginary conversations with him, but it was her coping mechanism and she wasn't ready to give it up yet.

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