A novel about three friends and their wishes for the new year

Mixed Doubles

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 4 of 5

When I started reading this book, it seemed a little out of date for today. I wasn’t sure if I was imagining it or if it had been earlier. It turns out to be the latter. The book was release close to a decade ago and in some ways it shows. Having said that, I still enjoyed reading the book.

Dulcie, Liza and Pru are all friends. At the beginning of the year, they all get together and find out what each one wants.

Liza has never been married and would like to find someone to love who doesn’t bore her silly after a few weeks.

Pru is married to someone that neither of her friends like. Pru is happy and wants to stay that way with her husband.

Dulcie is married to a wonderful man but a man who doesn’t give her enough attention because he is working himself into an early grave. Because of his neglect and because she is pretty much entirely self-centered, she wants a divorce.

The story goes on to follow each of these women as their lives start to either fall apart or their wishes are coming true. Where they end up is very different just one year later.

I enjoyed each of the characters and their stories. Sometimes, I wanted to reach into the book and shake a little sense into each of them but that shows that I invested very quickly into the book and the characters were becoming real to me.

I always enjoy Jill Mansell books and this was no different. It was a tad dated but I was able to ignore that and continue to read. You might want to check to see if you have the earlier version as I have ended up unintentionally buying duplicate books when authors re-release them.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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