Saturday, September 10, 2016

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell

What They Say....From the bestselling author of THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU and THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT comes a deliciously romantic and poignant read about love, loss and how nothing can stay hidden for ever... If you love the novels of Cathy Kelly and Sophie Kinsella, you won't want to miss Jill Mansell.

On the morning of Lily's twenty-fifth birthday, it's time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum's life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie's attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily's friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again... 

What I Say....I love Jill Mansell's books, but this one didn't knock it out of the park for me.  I honestly don't know what it was - maybe I'm getting old, but there wasn't much difference between the characters, and honestly, I had a hard time keeping the women all straight.
The book starts out with a letter from Lily's mom, who died when she was young, and I thought it would figure more prominently throughout the book, but it really didn't - except to bring in another character.
Lily meets a celebrity who seems to fall in love with her fairly quickly, while her childhood friend, Dan, who seems to be quite a party hound, is trying not to admit his feelings for Lily have developed into something greater than friendship.
I don't know - the characters were all so muddled.  I still finished it and it was okay, but definitely not her best.  But based on her Goodreads rating, I may have been the only one who felt this way.  I've always enjoyed her books, so I"m just writing this off as "not for me".

Current Goodreads Rating 4.02

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