Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell!
This Could Change Everything
On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…
And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…
Essie Philips has everything she has ever wanted. She has a good job, an intelligent, charming boyfriend and she has finally moved out of the mouldy flat she was stuck in. Life is on the up. With Christmas fast approaching, Essie and friend Scarlett agree to write round robins purely to get things off their chests. But what started out as a simple, harmless bit of fun between friends escalates into something life-changing. Essie’s offensive letter is emailed to the two-hundred people in her contacts list, including her boyfriend Paul and his mother (Essie’s boss.) Feeling wretched, Essie’s life goes from bad to worse when Paul kicks her out and dumps her. With her world in tatters, Essie swiftly realises that when one door closes, another door opens.
Zillah is eighty-two years old and lives her life to the full. After weeks of hunting for a tenant to take over her attic flat, she is relieved to find a young girl called Essie who needs a place to rent. She is the perfect tenant: straight-talker, quiet eater, helpful and not averse to the odd swear word thrown into conversation. Zillah invites Essie into her life and in no time at all they become firm friends. Essie soon discovers a side to her new landlady that is extremely touching. Her generosity and kind nature offer strangers a new zest for life, a helping hand when no others have offered theirs. She sends the boy with a love of animals a year’s membership to the zoo; the withdrawn girl in the cafe a bite to eat, the dying woman her final wish in renewing her vows. Zillah is kind-hearted, generous and determined character who for me was the star of this book
Conor McCauley’s life changed on a relatively normal day. After meeting a woman dying of cancer and wanting to make her will, he decided to quit his job as a solicitor working for a cruel boss and start afresh. Now, he has set up his own gardening business and enjoys each and every moment of it. In his spare time, he takes photographs for the local restaurant, Red House on Percival Square. And with his two friends, Zillah and Essie, encouraging him, soon he might find romance on the cards.
This Could Change Everything is a warm-hearted, touching and often exhilarating new novel from Jill Mansell. Her books get better and better every time. I grabbed the chance to be on this blog tour and I’m so thrilled to share my review of this beautiful story.
Touching, funny, beautiful.
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About Jill Mansell
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT, TO THE MOON AND BACK, YOU AND ME, ALWAYS and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.
Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.
Jill started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. Her first book was published in 1991 and she is now a full-time novelist. She is one of the few who still write their books by hand, like a leftover from the dark ages. She lives in Bristol with her family.
Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter – @JillMansell – and Facebook – /OfficialJillMansell. You can also visit her website http://www.jillmansell.co.uk/.
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Huge thanks to Jess Farrugia, Anne Cater and Headline for my review copy and blog tour invite!