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 grieving. 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,

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 grieving. 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...

But even in her new home-and with her hardworking new boss, Zack McLaren, and Jamie's best friend Todd to distract her-Ellie can't seem to leave Jamie behind.

Will Ellie let her grief and her past consume her? Or will she realize the man of her dreams is flesh and blood-and right in front of her eyes...

British women's fiction and a great romantic book, To The Moon and Back has a wonderful cast of supporting characters and tender romance.

Fans of Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella and Eloisa James will delight in this poignant, funny contemporary romance.

What readers are saying about To The Moon and Back:

"tender romance of finding love after heartbreak"

"I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, light, fun, and DEFINITELY ROMANTIC read."

"As always there is a great cast of characters"

"sweet and funny"

"This book had HUMOUR AND HEART and made me laugh, even as I was crying."

"a romantic love story about the journey to find your soul mate."

"A story about overcoming pain and loss. About guilt and forgiveness. TRUE LOVE. Firsts and lasts loves. Friendships. Love at the first sight."

What reviewers are saying about To The Moon and Back:

"a tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance and second chances. An unforgettable, entertaining novel! 4 Stars."

"Exquisitely told... Compelling. The book was IRRESISTABLE."

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

"She's like...Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Barnett, Eloisa James, and Diana Palmer all rolled into one."

"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

What everyone is saying about the queen of British chick lit, Jill Mansell:

"Fans of chick lit - if you haven't read Mansell yet - what are you waiting for!?"— A Bookworm's World

"Pick this up at your peril: you won't get a thing done till it's finished." — Heat magazine

"A romantic romp full of larger-than-life characters." — Express

"Fast, furious and fabulous fun. To read it is to devour it." — Company

"Expect to run the gamut of emotions, as this book is both laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad. Basically, you won't put it down." — New Woman

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.)
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" - RT Book Reviews

"Exquisitely told... Compelling. The book was irresistible." - Fresh Fiction

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

"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." - Does it Really Matter?

"[Mansell] is in a genre of her own. Sweet and fun." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

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

"Absolutely, positively an outstanding story. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"The best author to read in this genre..." - A Buckeye Girl Reads

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

"A master storyteller who creates characters with unique personalities that captivate the reader's imagination and heart." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402269288
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
14,720
File size:
986 KB

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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.

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.


With over 9 million copies sold, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny romantic tales for women in the tradition of Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella. She worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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To The Moon and Back 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please to those pilosters who feel the overwheming need to post mini books in their reviews and reveal plot points... please stop. Ppl want to read a book and be surprised. When you reveal pertinant facts in the book, you spoil the surprise for others. Yes, you have read it, yes some of you were even given the book for free 'for your honest opinion'. I dont believe that means revealing the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does have a bit of crude languange. It is a very, very good book otherwise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Jill Mansell's books, some more than others. But, this has got to be my favorite. The story was touching, as well as hilarious. I loved the interactions between all the couples. An easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A feel-good story. Enjoyed it.
Debfhs More than 1 year ago
Jill Mansell writing style grabs you in and does not let go until the last page. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, I could NOT put down a Jill Mansell book. She is so brilliant at creating her characters and the story she weaves is just beautiful and romantic. I know everyone thinks she writes the same ole same kind of stories, but she each one is entertaining in its own way. To the Moon and Back deserves more than 5 stars. Jill Mansell makes her readers laugh and cry and feel totally entertained and warm and fuzzy after reading her novels. Fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy I read this! It was wonderful!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Ellie Kendall was deeply in love with her husband, Jamie. After his death, Ellie struggles to find her way back to that part of her life. Ellie is a great character, a dog lover and new employee of the very handsome business man Zack McClaren. But, as with any Mansell novel, it's the ensemble cast that shines. From Roo, a former pop star who lives across the street in Primrose Hill or Ellie's former father in law, actor Tony Weston jetting back and forth from LA, these are the additional stories that add such richness to the whole. This is my third Mansell book this year and my favorite so far. I am still rationing the titles so as not to run out!
SANDYSL More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS MY FIRST BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR BUT DEFINITELY NOT MY LAST. IT WAS AWESOME, A REAL PAGE TURNER. DON'T HESITATE. BUY IT AND ENJOY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful lighthearted book that will make you cry, laugh and cheer. The the author blends three story lines seemlessly. It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of Jills books are amazing and this one is no exception!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jill writes about everyday life. Each book I read, I feel so immersed by the story, that I'm actually a character in it too! There is always more than one story line going on in real life, there's home,work, friends......they all play a part in who we are. She captures this in each of her stories, and that is why so many of us can' t seem to put her books down until we finish. This one especially touched me. My brother died when he was young, in his prime. His girlfriend spent so much time with my family, because we all didn' t want to move on. About a year after he died, I met the man of my dreams,but I felt I shouldn't be happy since my brother wasn't here. That same time, his girlfriend found someone too, and I remember how hard it was for her to tell us. But we both realized, how life needs to go on and that we are all here on this earth to love and be loved in return. We both got married within a week of each other and have beautiful children. We don't know how long we got, so don' t waste the time by not taking chances with our hearts. Enjoy this book, because it sure took me down memory lane, and reminded me that everyone's life is a great story. Thanks Jill and I look forward to your next book!
AU-UGA-66 More than 1 year ago
If you have enjoyed pervious books by Ms. Mansell, you will love this one. I laughed and cried...it touched me on a very personal level and was spot on with the emotions a person deals with when faced with the sudden loss of a spouse or loved one. Thank you for writing this book!
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Chapter7<p>The next morning, Crystalpaw woke up to a beautiful sunny day and her shoulder aching.<p<"Ugh." She mumbled, sitting up. Sorrelpaw's and Tigerpaw's nests were empty.<p>'They must have gone out to train' Crystalpaw thought.<p>Crystalpaw yawned. She wanted to go training but she knew what Lightningstrike would say. She sighed. 'Stup<_>id Fishclan' she thought grumpily. 'I'll show them'. She smiled at the thought of dig<_>ging her claws into that Blizzardpaw cat. A low growl rumbled in her throat.<p>"Keep it down, will ya?" Ebonypaw hissed.<p>"Sorry." Crystalpaw replied. She sighed and stretched. Her belly rumbled. When was the last time she had eaten? She couldn't remember.<p>She quietly got up and tiptoed out of the den, careful not to disturb Stormpaw. Outside, the air was crisp and clear. She breathed in the sweet air.<p>"Good morning Crystalpaw." Crystalpaw jumped. She turned and saw Nightpaw. "Hi."<p>"How's your shoulder?" He asked.<p>"It's better. But it aches a lot." She said, shifting her paws a little.<p>"Well, if it gets any worse, you should tell Flowerleaf." He said.<p>"Nightpaw!" Foxcloud, Nightpaw's mentor called.<p>"Coming!" He called back. "Well, I have to go. Talk to you later."<p>"Talk to you later." She said with a sigh.<p>She got up and padded over to the fresh-ki<_>ll pile. She poked through until she found a plump vole and then padded off to a quiet corner. She sat and bit into the vole. It was delicious.<p>Sorrelpaw padded into camp. She spotted the fresh-ki<_>ll pile and padded over to it. She grabbed a mouse and looked around for a place to eat. She spotted Crystalpaw and trotted over.<p>"Mind if I eat with you?" She asked.<p>"Of course not. Go right ahead." Crystalpaw responded. She took another bite of the vole.<p>"How's your shoulder?" Sorrelpaw asked after a while.<p>"Pretty achy." She said.<p>"I'm not suprised. I was wounded like you in the same area when I was younger. It was achy when I woke up the next day. But it'll feel better the more you use it." Sorrelpaw said.<p>"Wow. Thanks." Crystalpaw purred, grateful that Sorrelpaw had told her.<p>At that moment, Tigerpaw padded in.<p>"Hi Tigerpaw!" Sorrelpaw said.<p>"Hi." He responded.<p>"How did your assesment go?" Sorrelpaw asked.<p>"Pretty good. I hope." He added with a hint of worry.<p>"I'm sure it went well." Crystalpaw tried to reasure him. She had seen him practice hunting crouchs and stalking in the camp several times. He was really good at it.<p>"Thanks." Tigerpaw blinked gratefully at her.<p>"Of course!" She said.<p>Crystalpaw finished her vole.<p>"Well, I'm going to look for Lightningstrike." She said.<p>"What for?" Sorrelpaw asked.<p>"I'm gonna ask if we can go do training."<p>"Crystalpaw, I don't mean to rain on you, but I don't think Lightningstrike will let you with that shoulder." Sorrelpaw informed her.<p>"I know. But I want to try anyways."<p>"Fine fine. Good luck." Sorrelpaw said with a sigh.<p>Crystalpaw trotted to the camp entrance and sniffed for Lightningstrike's scent. Nothing.<p>She paded to the warriors den. Aha!<p>"Lightningstrike?" She called.<p>"Yes Crystalpaw?" Lightningstrike said.<p>"Can we go train?"<p>"Sorry Crystalpaw. But you need to rest that shoulder."<p>"Aww." Crystalpaw turned and paded to the apprentices den. She curled up in her nest and was asleep in seconds.<p>Crystalpaw opened her eyes to find herself in a clearing.<p>"Hello Crystalpaw."<p>&nbsp;2 good coments and I continue. Plz give character apps~Icemoon
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Story of life and love. Unimaginable loss and how life can change if you press on.
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