22.7.12

Book Review: A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell

It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara's back and able to share her happiness. Evie's about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel, or so she thinks... Then there's Flynn Erksine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how's Flynn going to react when he discovers the secret she's been keeping from him? Oh yes, there's a lot of catching up to be done...
Jill Mansell's last book To the Moon and Back was simply lovely and A Walk in the Park is another excellent read.
The book is set in Bath which I really enjoyed as it is one of my favourite places to visit. Lara has returned after eighteen years. When she left she didn't say goodbye, instead she just disappeared, leaving everyone wondering what had happened to her.
One of the people who missed her the most was best friend Evie. They have a lot of catching up to do and Lara has arrived at the perfect time. Evie has just jilted her fiance at the altar and is single and homeless so Lara and her spare room are extremely welcome.
The other person who has wondered about Lara all these years is the gorgeous Flynn Erksine. They were together at school and then Lara vanished. He's incredibly happy to see her but will that change when he discovers that Lara has returned with some baggage that may belong to him.
A Walk in the Park is a brilliant story, the characters of Lara and Evie are particularly likable and believable. I think that Jill Mansell writes great chick-lit with a realistic edge, her characters struggle with decisions and don't always get the cliched happy ending. but I think this is what makes Jill Mansell's books so good. It only took me a few days to read A Walk in the Park, I always think Jill's books are like sitting down with a good friend for a gossip. I would recommend any books by this author and I am already eagerly anticipating her next one!

Dot Scribbles Rating: 5/5

Many thanks to Headline for sending me a copy of this book to review, A Walk in the Park is out now.

7 comments:

Dizzy C said...

It is a while since I read a Jill Mansell, but do love her writing.

Thanks for the review

carol

Dot said...

Dizzy C- she's great isn't she, you know that you will always get a really good story!

Kim said...

I must pick that one up, Dot, I love Jill Mansell's characters and that they are not all perfect and glossy. Thanks for the review, so glad you are back!

Dot said...

Thanks Kim xxx

Kate said...

I have been looking at this book but your review has made me put it on my 'To Read' list! Thank you

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Thanks for the review, so glad you are back!

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