Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell

I have no idea why, but this is the first Jill Mansell novel I’ve read, in spite of owning five or six of her books. I’ve meant to get round to it for ages, but recently, I decided to finally read one, and I selected Rumour Has It at random.

Well, I was completely hooked! From the first page the characterisation was outstanding and the writing strong. Jill Mansell makes it look completely effortless. The narrative flows onto the page, as bubbly and sparkling as fine Champagne, and I was carried along, utterly enthralled to the very last page.

I found all the characters really enjoyable – even Stella, who I actually ended up feeling really sorry for. Can’t say more than that. Spoilers! Tilly was lovely, and I was rooting for her all the way through the story. I totally adored Jack, and could quite see why the ladies of Roxborough were so smitten with him. Max and Lou were lovely – witty and interesting in their own right. And how refreshing to see an ex-wife portrayed in a good light, with a marriage that ended in friendship instead of all-out war.

The writing is so warm and funny and easy to read, which is the sign of a gifted writer. It’s lovely to read the last line, hug the book (or Kindle!) to you, and heave a deep sigh of satisfaction, and that’s what I did last night, having stayed up late to finish Rumour Has It, as I desperately wanted to know how it ended. I now have four or five other Jill Mansell books to read, and the prospect of many more available to buy, which is a lovely position to be in. Definitely five star fiction! 5/5

You can buy Rumour Has It here.5142KS91MRL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

New Book is up for Pre-order!

This Other Eden ebook cover V4 (1)This Other Eden, the first in the Skimmerdale series, is now available to pre-order on Amazon. The release date is April 5th, so not long to go. Hopefully, the paperback will be available on or around the same date, but I’ll let you know if I hear differently!

The main heroine in this book is a young woman called Eden Robinson, who, due to the fickle finger of fate pointing mockingly in her direction, finds herself in the unfamiliar territory of the upper Yorkshire Dales. She arrives at Fleetsthorpe, a sheep farm belonging to Eliot Harland, who lives with his three young children, to care for the family after the loss of Eliot’s wife, Jemima.

Of course, things aren’t that straightforward. Eliot is disturbingly attractive for a start (he would be, since he looks surprisingly like Aidan Turner!) and Eden wasn’t expecting that. This rather throws her off course. Battling with her growing feelings for both Eliot and his children, a woman who clearly resents her presence at Fleetsthorpe, and a man who is far too devious for his own good, Eden’s summer proves more eventful than she’d anticipated. To top it all off, she’s not really herself any longer.

With a cheating husband, an ageing rock star, and an inept journalist in the mix, things are about to get a whole lot messier for Eden…

This Other Eden is available for pre-order here.

Have a great week xx

Welcome to Skimmerdale!

Book three is being prepared for publication as I write, and will be available for pre-order very soon. I just wanted to show you the cover and tell you a little bit about it.This Other Eden ebook cover V4 (1)

It’s called This Other Eden, and it’s set in a new location. I haven’t abandoned Yorkshire, of course! For this book, however, I’ve moved inland, away from the coastal charms of Kearton Bay and into the breathtakingly beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

The fictional area of Skimmerdale was inspired by Swaledale, a location that’s important to me, as it’s where my dad’s maternal ancestors – the Keartons – lived and worked for centuries. Whenever I’ve visited there, it’s felt like home, so it was the obvious choice for This Other Eden – particularly as I needed somewhere beautiful but remote, a place that could feel as if you were a million miles away from civilisation. There are some pretty villages and fantastic scenery, but you don’t have to go far to feel as if you’re the only human being in existence – although you’ll almost always be able to spot a sheep! Here’s a little bit of what This Other Eden is about…

“Eden wants to keep her job, and if that means spending the summer caring for three young children in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, she’ll do it. Her consolation prize is that their father is unexpectedly gorgeous. Sadly for Eden, she’s not quite herself any longer…

Honey wants to spend the summer with her married politician lover. The only problem is, there are quite a few people determined to put obstacles in her path. But what Honey wants, Honey usually gets…

Cain wants a knighthood, and is willing to sacrifice almost anything to get it. If his daughter is putting that goal in jeopardy, it’s time to get tough…

Lavinia wants to keep her marriage intact, and if that means turning a blind eye to her husband’s philandering, she’ll do it. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have someone else spying for her…

Eliot wants to care for his children, and to be left in peace to heal. When he gets an unexpected guest, he wonders if it’s time to start living again. But is the sheep farmer having the wool pulled over his eyes?” 

I’ll let you know as soon as the book is up for pre-order. It won’t be long!

Have a great week xxx