Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review: Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Making Your Mind Up.  We received a copy of Jill Mansell's book for an honest review.

About the book:

Lottie Carlyle is happy enough. Living in a beautiful cottage with her two adorable-sometimes-kids in an idyllic village, on good terms with her ex-husband, and with friends all around, everything is going just fine. But when she meets her new boss, her peaceful world is thrown into delightful, exciting, and frustrating chaos. Tyler is perfect for Lottie, but her kids do not agree. To make matters worse, the handsome and mysterious Seb appears on the scene, intriguing-and distracting-Lottie and charming her children, making it more and more difficult for her to make up her mind...
Lottie is enjoying her life until her boss, Freddie, delivers some earth-shattering news.  Freddie has decided to sell his business to an American named Tyler.  Tyler and Lottie hit it off right away, but there is one problem.  Well two actually, Lottie's children Nat and Ruby.  They can't stand Tyler.  He made a few mistakes around them and they won't forgive him.  Ruby and Nat don't want their mom seeing Tyler at all.  So for her children's well-being, Lottie and Tyler decide to just keep to their working relationship.  After that decision, in swoops Seb.  He is fun and Lottie's kids love him.  However, Lottie doesn't feel that spark with Seb as she does with Tyler.  Lottie decides to stay with Seb for the sake of her children.  Eventually something happens along the way to reveal people's true feelings and nothing is the same!

I always enjoy Jill Mansell's novels.  I love how she interweaves multiple story lines together and makes the whole book complex.  She always has enjoyable and funny characters (Mario, Amber, Tedd, Jojo, etc.).  That doesn't change in this novel.  Lottie is not perfect, but she is fun and loves her children.  There are other smaller plot lines that happen throughout the book.  There is quite a bit of sadness and righting wrongs from the past.  I think it's interesting to note that several characters needed a second look, because they weren't what they appeared to be in the beginning.  You will laugh at the dialogue of this book and at the same time feel for the heartache that happens.  All in all a very enjoyable and fun book to add to your summer beach book list ! 
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About the author:

Hi, I'm Jill Mansell and I live in Bristol in the UK with my family. I worked for many years in a neurological hospital but for the last two decades have been a full time novelist of happy, sad, funny, feel-good fiction. Sales of my books around the world now total nine million and I've only just realized as I'm typing this now that over the years I must have made an awful lot of people laugh and cry. Sorry!

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