Monday, April 6, 2009

Review: An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell


A few years ago, I used to buy boxes of books off of ebay. It was pretty awesome to get boxes of 10-12 books for less than ten dollars. Through this method, I discovered Jill Mansell. I then tried to get my hands on every Jill Mansell book I could find. When I found out Sourcebooks would be releasing Mansell's books here in the States, I jumped up and down and squealed. When they offered An Offer You Can't Refuse to me, well, it was an offer I couldn't refuse.

Lola and Dougie are young and madly in love. Dougie's preparing to head off to college, but they are certain their love can survive this transition. Dougie's mother doesn't approve of Lola, though, and offers her money to break up with Dougie. At first Lola is horrified but the a family situation forces her to accept the deal.

Fast forward ten years and Lola bumps into Dougie again! She has all the same old feelings but Dougie isn't impressed. Can she win him back?

So yes, this my friends is chick lit at its finest. What I love about Mansell's books are her loveable characters, sense of humor, and plotting. Pretty much everything.

Sometimes, I just want to read a book that is sheer pleasure, that makes me laugh often, and feel good about life. So when I'm in that sort of mood, Jill Mansell's books are perfect. And I make no apology for gladly spending a few hours of my life this way.

I loved this one as well, one aspect that I loved was Lola's job was managing a bookshop. A healthy love of books always wins my heart. And the entire cast of characters, with the exception of Dougie's mother, were lovely. And the plotting...she wastes absolutely nothing, every bit of story is brought out for maximum humorous effect and drama.

So if you're going to read chick lit, and by golly yes I am, then you better make sure you're reading Jill Mansell. You can start with An Offer You Can't Refuse!

Rating: 4.5/5
Things You Might Want to Know: There is a bit of language and sex.



Amy

15 comments:

lilly said...

I also like to grab and get comfortable with funny, light books that will make me feel good about life. Sometimes we just have to and it seems like this one might be just the one. Thanks Amy!

Ruth said...

Sounds like a fun read! I've never heard of Mansell so thanks for the review.

bermudaonion said...

I knew you'd have a great review of this one. I enjoyed the book too.

Julie P. said...

I liked this one too! I'm posting my review tomorrow morning!

Michelle said...

Jill Mansell is definately one of my favourite chick lit authors. I can't remember the number of books of hers that I've read now!

Dar said...

I saw another review of this one this morning and it was positive too. Sounds like it would be a great read!

TexasRed said...

This is fantastic! I fell in lurve with Jill Mansell when I was living in the UK. After spending a small fortunate shipping from amazon.co.uk to the US, I decided I'd just have to do without. Great to hear they're circulating her stuff here, too!

Amy Btw M said...

This book sounds right up my alley. Except for the language and sex part. Thanks.

Serena said...

All things bookish in this book captured my attention.

Toni said...

Thank you for the review. I really want to read this one. I am sort of new to chick lit and this sounds like a GREAT place to start.

Stephanie said...

Amy, I was the same way with ebay. I swear, that's why I have so many books in my house. At the time, the "Brit Chick Lit" books were my favorites. I LOVE Jill Mansell, Rowan Coleman, Cathy Kelly, Fiona Walker, Chris Manby....I could go on!!

Although I don't read a lot of this anymore, I will definitely have to pick this one up!

S. Krishna said...

I really enjoyed this book! Nice review, mine is posting Friday.

Luanne said...

It was such a fun read. I loved that her job was in a bookstore too!

Cindy said...

I loved the book too. It was such a quick and fun read. Loved the part when she walked into the book store and was told to leave LOL

Anna said...

I enjoyed this one, too. I loved Sally and Gabe. I can't wait to read more by Mansell.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

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