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!
Things You Might Want to Know: There is a bit of language and sex.