Book Review: The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell 6

the one you really want

The One You Really Want

by Jill Mansell





A funny, heartfelt novel about second chances at love from beloved bestseller Jill Mansell

When it comes to love, never say never


When Nancy discovers the expensive jewelry her husband’s been buying isn’t for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen’s posh Chelsea town house to sort things out.

Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in lovewith the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want.

“Bursting with humor, brimming with intrigue, and full of characters you’ll adore.” -Heat on Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
“Warm, witty, and romantic.” -Daily Mail on Take a Chance on Me


My Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


“You’re the one who married Jonathan, so it stands to reason you thought he was the bee’s knees.  If I’d told her then what part of the bee I thought he was, you’d have hated me.   That’s why I pretended to like him.”


“My word, it’s like one of those TV programs, isn’t it?  You know, where the people decorate one another’s living rooms and end up getting such a fright they burst into tears.”


“Bugger, I’ve lost my blarney… I’m sorry.  I don’t know where it’s gotten to.”


“I mean, I can tell you like him, because I know you.  But it’s not as if you’ve been twirling your bra around your head and purring at him like Eartha Kitt.”


“‘Come on, you’re holding everyone up.’  Leaning across still farther, Connor swung upon the passenger door.  ‘They all think you’re a hooker now, haggling over the price.’”


“So this is what he’d been missing out on all these years.  If he was honest, he’d never really seen the point of mouth-to-mouth combat before.  But now he knew.  This was what kissing was for.”


My Review:


I smirked, snorted, and laughed aloud as I read this clever and delightful tale.  I enjoyed my stay in this upscale neighborhood of quirky Brits.  There were several storylines going at once in this busy book, and I was totally enchanted throughout and adored each and every one of them.  The characters were likable, flawed, smart, kind, and people I would want to know.  The writing was humorous, involving, heart squeezing, emotive, clever, and full of witty banter.  I cared about these people and felt their disappointments as well as their joy.  In addition, I love to learn new Brit terms – the one I gleaned from this book was wazzock – which Google tells me is an idiot, and I can never know too many terms for that.  This was my first Jill Mansell read, but certainly will not be my last; I now have yet another author to stalk.

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About the Author

Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

Jill Mansell’s books have sold over ten million copies and her titles include: Making your Mind up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief and Solo, among many others.





6 thoughts on “Book Review: The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell

  1. Reply jillmansell Apr 13,2016 12:21 am

    Huge thanks for such a gorgeous review – completely thrilled to hear about the smirking, snorting and stalking! So glad you ‘got’ my style!

    • Reply Empress DJ Apr 13,2016 8:03 am

      Adored your work and would love to read every word you ever write – hit me up for a review anytime!

  2. Reply J. Hooligan (@platypire) Apr 13,2016 6:51 am

    I need to read more stuff like this

  3. Reply Alisha Webster Apr 14,2016 2:35 am

    How do you find the time to stalk all these authors and read? haha

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