Layered slice of life story
By: Jill Mansell
Rating: 5 of 5
I own many books by Jill Mansell but, somehow, I missed this novel when it was first released. I’m very happy that it has been released again. While there are a few things that date the book (notably, the lack of cell phones), the human stories within it hold true to the test of time.
This is, primarily, a story about the relationship between Cass and Jack Mandeville. They have been married for decades and Jack has just reached his fortieth birthday. Their is the perfect marriage until a chance invitation to a reporter, Imogen, turns their lives upside down. Jack goes into a midlife crisis with a vengeance.
At the same time, we get to see their children, Cleo, Sean and Sophie. Cleo is a supermodel who just doesn’t trust that good men exist. Sean is a standup comic who is playing the field. Sophie, the youngest, is determined to make a difference in the world and will do just about anything to get out there even though she is too young.
The ups and downs of these individuals make up the story. Not every story has a happy ending but the endings all make sense. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward, as usual, to Ms. Mansell’s next book.
I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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