The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Format: Paperback - 432 pages
Kindle - 1568 KB
Nook - 1 MB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour hosted by Sourcebooks.
When Nancy discovers the expensive jewelry her husband’s been buying isn’t for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen’s posh Chelsea town house to sort things out.
Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in love with the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want.
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My Book Review:
In The One You Really Want, author Jill Mansell weaves a lighthearted and witty British romantic tale of friendship and second chances.
Set in Edinburgh, Scotland and London, and told in alternating third person narratives, the reader is easily drawn into this witty and caring story as they follow a group of friends who help each other navigate the trials and tribulations in life and love.
Nancy Adams unexpectedly finds out on Christmas Day that her husband Jonathan has been cheating on her. Nancy's best friend Carmen Todd invites her to move into her posh Chelsea townhouse in London.
Carmen's husband Spike was a member of a famous rock band, who died three years ago. She has never gotten over her loss, and she spends her time volunteering at a local shelter. Carmen's rock star brother-in-law Rennie Todd steps in to try to help Carmen move on with her life. Carmen tries to move forward in her life, especially when a charity worker named Joe comes around, but she unexpectedly finds herself falling for Rennie.
Shortly after moving in with Carmen and Rennie, Nancy meets next door neighbor Connor O'Shea, a fitness club owner, and his cheeky sixteen year old daughter Mia, who decides to play matchmaker between Nancy and Connor.
The One You Really Want is a fast paced and humorous story that will keep the reader engaged and guessing as they follow Nancy and Carmen's journey to finding a second chance at love. I really enjoyed following the journey of these two best friends as they struggled to overcome life issues, both were determined to move forward with their lives. And when you add in a handsome next door neighbor, a cheeky teenage matchmaker, a caring mother, and a hot rock star brother-in-law, life certainly starts to get interesting when love is in the air for these two lovely ladies.
The One You Really Want is a lighthearted and sweet story that has enough emotional depth, drama, romance, and witty banter, that makes it a delightfully entertaining tale that is a must read for chick lit and romance fans.
RATING: 4 STARS
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