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BOOK REVIEW: You and Me Always by Jill Mansell

On the morning of Lily's twenty-fifth birthday, it's time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum's life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who might just have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie's attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily's friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again. 

Publisher: Headline Review
Pages: 368
Publication Date: January 28th

Jill Mansell has now written over twenty best selling books but she just gets better and better. You and Me Always is warm, witty and poignant; I felt like I had always known the characters and I didn't want the story to end.
Lily's Mum died when she was just eight years old but she left behind letters for her daughter to open each birthday. But Lily is turning twenty-five and she knows that this will be the last letter. Her Mum uses it to tell Lily all about her one true love, not Lily's poor excuse for a father but a man that she spent one glorious summer with. On the same day that she reads the letter, she meets Eddie Tessler, a young movie star who is hiding out in Lily's village due to a media scandal. They instantly hit it off and Lily thinks he might just be what he needs. Her childhood friend Dan is not impressed but he has his own reasons to warn Lily off.
This book worked so well, the setting was just lovely and the characters bounced off each other perfectly. I loved the different storylines and the way in which Jill Mansell offered small glimpses into the past.
Eddie and Dan were excellent male leads and I could also see why they both cared deeply for Lily. The romantic element to this book was spot on and the banter between the three main characters was very funny.
You and Me Always is such a good read and I think Jill Mansell fans are going to be very impressed again.

Many thanks to Headline Review for allowing me to review this book via Netgalley. 

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