Review: Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell

My lovely sister lent me this after telling me how much she had enjoyed it. I'm so glad she did as I really struggled with the first Jill Mansell book that I read but I thought that this one was great.
Newly single, Tilly Cole quits her life and job in London to move to the small town of Roxborough, where her best friend Erin lives. Roxborough may be small but it is full of gossip, secrets and intrigue. Tilly gets a job as a Girl Friday for the lovely Max Dineen and his teenage daughter Lou. Whilst most women in the village think that Max is the perfect man, Tilly only has eyes for the gorgeous Jack Lucas but his reputation as the village Lothario is enough to hold her back. As Jack becomes more persistent, Tilly has to question whether she is making the biggest mistake of her life by keeping her distance.
There are a lot of lovely characters in this book and I found Roxborough to be completely believable. I sometimes found Tilly a little irritating as she was so stubborn. However, Jack Lucas is perfectly created and we learn more and more about him as the story develops.
I did not find Rumour Has It at all predictable; there was a huge twist that I really was not expecting and it was handled particularly sensitively. You are kept wondering right to the very last page as to whether Jack and Tilly will get together, especially with Tilly being so stubborn!
There are quite a few characters in this book, each with their own little plot and Jill Mansell weaves them all together to create a gripping story. I warmed to the characters instantly and read the book quickly to find out what happens to them all.
Rumour Has It has made me want to read more of Jill Mansell's books, I was a little negative about the other one that I read but this one has totally changed my opinion.


Amy said...

Ooh, this does sound good! I really want to read this one and 'an offer you can't refuse'.

Nice review!

Dot said...

Amy- I thought it was excellent, I haven't read An Offer You Can't Refuse either, I shall look out for it!

Anonymous said...

I loved this one too, if you like this you'd like An Offer You Can't Refuse which was her previous book to this one! Great review :) Chloe

Dot said...

Chloe- you're the second person to recommend An Offer You Can't Refuse, I shall have to get a copy!

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