Three Amazing Things About You
by Jill Mansell
Hallie has a secret…doesn’t everybody?
Hallie doesn’t have long to live. And to make things even more complicated, she’s in love with a guy who’s seriously out of bounds. She’s never going to let him know, of course; she’s just going to enjoy every remaining moment of her crush. She’s also determined to spend her last months helping those who write into her Dear Rose column with problems of their own. Her doctors can’t fix her, but maybe she can fix a few other people’s dilemmas before it’s too late.
All our lives are full of choices, for better or worse. The amazing thing to see is how connected we all are – in ways we don’t even know. On occasion, we have the chance to see the ways we change one another’s lives for the better.
On the flight to Nice, Tasha found herself squashed between an overweight middle-aged Frenchman who appeared to have been gargling with garlic, and an underweight young one who reeked of stale cigarettes, fell asleep on her shoulder and snored like a backfiring moped. As far as fantasy Frenchmen sandwiches went, this one was singularly lacking in glamour.
Sometimes I completely forget how old I am, then get the most terrible shock when I catch sight of myself in the mirror.
‘I just want to say, none of us knows how long any one of us has left. It could be fifty hours, could be fifty years. We’re just glad we’re here today. And we won’t forget those who aren’t.’ He paused and raised his glass. ‘To absent friends.”
I adored this highly amusing and well-written piece as well as this exceptionally talented author, I’ve read several of her books now and want to stop time and read everything she has ever created. The plot was ingenious, well constructed, and expertly paced. The intriguing characters were diverse, uniquely quirky, likable, endearingly flawed, alluringly complex, and people I would like to know. Ms. Mansell’s smart wry humor was breezy, crisp, and witty, and I will get enough of it. In addition to the entertaining humor, the storyline was also cleverly serendipitous, emotive, insightful, and keenly observant and as close to perfection as they come. I was engaged from the first page to the last and look forward to the arrival of her next outpouring of genius.
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.