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Jill Mansell

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Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark [2013], ©2013.
Item Description
Originally published: London : Headline Review, 2007.
Physical Description
424 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Jill Mansell (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ginny doesn't know what to do. Her only child, Jem, has gone off to college, and she is overwhelmed by the silence and dead space of her empty nest. With the end of tourist season, her seasonal job is over. Her love life is nonexistent, while her best friend has turned into some sort of sex goddess. To top everything off, her favorite wine bar has become a club for teenagers. After a disastrous surprise visit to her daughter's apartment, Ginny realizes that she needs to reinvent herself as a woman with an identity other than "Mum," while Jem wants to be considered an adult even though her independent life isn't all that she hoped for. Mother and daughter try to find themselves and figure out their new relationship in Mansell's (A Walk in the Park, 2012) humorous, sometimes poignant novel. Her breezy style resembles that of Sophie Kinsella or Helen Fielding, and this is one reprint (2007) readers will be delighted to rediscover or enjoy for the first time. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

U.K. chick-lit author Mansell (To the Moon and Back) returns with a hefty tome devoted to single mother Ginny Holland's attempts to cope with the fact that her only child, Jem, has moved away to start college. Ginny, who's decided to take in a roommate to alleviate her loneliness, is elated after the handsome Perry Kennedy responds to her ad, only to find herself rooming with his sad-sack sister Laurel instead. Ginny feels even more betrayed when her bestie Carla takes up with Perry after she introduces them to each other. Meanwhile, Jem begins falling for her rich cad landlord, Rupert Derris-Beck, much to her mother's dismay. Ginny turns her attentions to the attractive Finn Penhaligon, an antiques dealer/restaurateur, but he may still be besotted with his beautiful, gold-digging ex, Tamsin. While the book is a fun read, the sheer number of characters and plot points can overwhelm, and the story hinges too much on coincidence and mistaken impressions. There aren't any deep messages here, and Mansell takes the easy way out with a preordained conclusion. Agent: Jennifer Unter, RLR Associates. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ginny Holland tries to deal with her empty nest syndrome as she copes with a lovesick roommate, a disagreeable boss, a best friend who is a cougar, an unpredictable ex-husband, and a daughter who is struggling to be independent.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author delights readers with a poignant story When Ginny Holland's daughter heads off to university, Ginny is left with a severe case of empty nest syndrome. To make matters worse, the first gorgeous man she's laid eyes on in years has just accused her of shoplifting. So, in need of a bit of company, Ginny decides to advertise for a lodger, but what she gets is lovelorn Laurel. With Laurel comes her dangerously charming brother, Perry and the offer of a great new job, and things begin looking up...until Ginny realizes that her potential boss is all too familiar. Is it too late for Ginny to set things right after an anything but desirable first impression?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

USA Today Bestseller!Are you in the midst of one of those "exciting" phases of life, like the eerily quiet empty nest...or the new job with the distractingly attractive, off-limits boss...or a wacky new roommate who isn't at all as advertised? What about all of those at once...Is your life full of surprises? No? Well, what if it could be?You may begin to think you're living someone else's reality. And maybe, that's not a bad thing...International bestselling author Jill Mansell spins a poignant and funny story of mothers, daughters, friends, and lovers...and what happens when everything takes a turn for the unexpected.Praise for A Walk in the Park:"What a fabulous read...laugh out loud moments, heartwarming and sweet."—Wendy's Minding Spot"Wonderful characters...Held me captivated."—Long and Short Reviews"A great read with drama, dry humor, and colorful characters."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars"Mansell excels at the ensemble romantic comedy, and her quirky but endearing characters shine once again."—Booklist"Charming...Mansell deftly weaves a web of poignant loves stories."—Publishers Weekly