Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

Thank you to Danielle Jackson from Source Books

About Miranda's Big Mistake from the Source Books website:

An irresistible summer read from Jill Mansell, an international bestselling author.

Jill Mansell is one of the UK's premiere contemporary authors, with her 19th title coming out in January 2009. She has sold nearly 4 million copies of her books in the UK.

Miranda is thrilled with Greg. He's gorgeous, funny, and practically perfect. Greg thinks Miranda is great, but he hasn't told her everything about himself. After all, even the sweetest girl is likely to be put off by a man who's left his newly pregnant wife. But there's no way she'll ever find out... is there?

My Thoughts

To say that I fell in love with a book would be somewhat dramatic but “wow...” Miranda meets this perfect man and he seems to be interested in all the same things that she is...but...then she finds out that he left his wife because she got pregnant. 'Got' being the operative word here...apparently she did it all by herself...to spite him. She broke the rules.

This book recounts the journey of revenge that Miranda takes to pay back this self-centred man and how along the way she gathers up and shelters those in need...including a homeless man who is more than he seems.

This story is more than a simple revenge plot. This story celebrates women in all guises...old and forgotten...pregnant and discarded...single and desperate and Miranda herself...lost and searching. The pace of the story is perfect as each nugget of fact unfolds itself and each character evolves.

All the characters are fleshed out completely and the humour just dances off the pages. I can't wait to read more books by Jill Mansell whose style is reminiscent of Marion Keyes and Sophie Kinsella but she also has a voice that is all her own.

Bravo Jill Mansell.


jill mansell said...

Dearest Tamara

Google Alert brought me to your page, but your words about Nick took me to his Myspace page. I've
been reading and learning all about your beloved, beautiful son, and now I'll never forget him. The internet is a wonderful thing, isn't it? He'll never be forgotten.

With much love
Jill Mansell x

Beth F said...

Sounds like a must-read book by a very compassionate author (see author comment).

Luanne said...

Tamara! It's wonderful to 'see' you again. Hope you're doing okay. ((Hugs))
I loved this book as well, but thought your review expressed it so much better.
Isn't Jill a wonderfully 'real'author!?

.Books by TJ Baff said...

Dear Jill,
I am so honoured by your message and so touched by your empathy.
Nick was an incredible kid and right now we are experiencing more reminders as his class is graduating this year and they are creating an award in his name.
Thank you again,

jill mansell said...

Bittersweet indeed. Nick will carry on changing other people's lives for the better - yet another reason to be proud of him.
I hope life becomes easier for you in due course.
Love and hugs
Jill x

Anna said...

I'm glad you loved this book as much as I did. I just fell in love with these characters. I've linked your review to mine.

Diary of an Eccentric

Sandra said...

I hope you're just busy with summer and happy to be doing things with hubby and daughter. I miss you.

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Nikola said...

This looks really good, thank you for reviewing!!