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Book Review – This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

This Could Change Everything

Jill Mansell

Hachette

RRP: $34.99

This is a very light read – probably quite perfect for a poolside break away from the doom and gloom of winter.

The novel follows Essie, who (accidentally) sends an email to pretty much everyone in her address book that’s altogether too honest about her current state of affairs. The resulting fall out sees her life change in ways she never could have imagined.

The novel is based on the idea that good things can still come out of bad situations, and whilst I’m an optimist and believe this to be mostly true it would be fair to say that this novel takes it up a notch or two.

It’s an entertaining read, and the characters are interesting and well enough developed that you don’t feel like you’re dealing with with a cast of half drawn shadows – however this really does follow the chick lit fantasy line – that everything will be not just “alright” in the end but better than our protagonist could ever have dreamt.

In reality life’s not like that. A bad mistake, that hurts a lot of people, does not elevate your life from mediocre to epic; but if you’re happy enough to go along for the ride then its possible you’ll enjoy this novel.

On the plus side, I must say the older woman in this novel, Zillah, is just fantastic and I love that a character such as this has been included in the novel. She is brave, strong., resilient, flawed, funny (I could go on…) but most of all she is an older woman who is not belittled in this novel, or disempowered by being treated in a way that does not allow her to shine. A master stroke and for me the highlight of the novel.

To compare this novel to a drink, this is not a deep glass of red wine, nor a sparking glass of bubbles, it’s more a wine spritzer…light, easy to devour, but leaves you feeling like there must be more.

About the Author

Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING, MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY, YOU AND ME, ALWAYS and THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter – @JillMansell – and Facebook – /OfficialJillMansell.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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