When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she’s ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn’t need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company...
Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can’t stop thinking about won’t give him a second glance. If only she’d pay him the same attention she lavishes on his dog.
Moving to North London, Ellie meets neighbour Roo who has a secret of her own. Can the girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year in Primrose Hill...
First thought after I finished the last page: "When is Jill writing her next book? I love her and this book!"
Why I loved this book: If not for Sourcebooks, I'm not sure I would have read a Jill Mansell novel. I have to say in all honesty, that this has been one of my highlights reviewing for Sourcebooks.....Mansell delivers book after book. And this one is my favorite to date. I don't know how Mansell does it, but she makes me LOVE and CARE about her characters. Maybe she sprinkles fairy dust on each and every page? Whatever it is, she has that special gift of drawing her readers into her story and keeping you riveted until the very end.
Ellie is a special young woman, who will stay with me for some time to come. I could feel my heart breaking along with hers when she finds out that the love of her life, Jamie, has died from injuries sustained in a car accident. I absolutely understood her grief, guilt, and inability to move on with her life. And even though Jamie has died, the reader is still able to connect with him and get to know him as Ellie talks to him daily.
Recommend? YES! I know the synopsis sounds sad and with any other author it just might be depressing. But Jill handles the topics of young widowhood, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, and survivor's guilt wonderfully. There's pretty much everything you could want in this book.....love, heartbreak, laughter, hope, and a great cast of characters!
Author: Jill Mansell
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: "Smart and sassy" British Chick Lit
* Uncorrected ARC
Disclaimer:Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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