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by Jill Mansell

  • ISBN: 1471317145
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Jill Mansell
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (January 3, 2013)
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  • Rating: 4.7
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Chapter 59. About the Book. It’s been a while, but Lara Carson’s back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result.

Chapter 59. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Evie’s about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Then there’s Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again.

I can always count on being entertained when I pick up a Jill Mansell book. In this one, though, something I've seen before in her stories really started to bother me. It's not the interweaving, multiple storylines.

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). I can always count on being entertained when I pick up a Jill Mansell book.

A Walk In The Park book. I think Jill Mansell has a knack for writing fun and quirky characters that you kind of wish you knew in real A Walk in the Park started off with a bang. I whizzed right through the first hundred pages or so, but then the story began to get bogged down with too many different storylines and too many different characters. I don't know, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one. The book did pick up again towards the end, but I felt like overall, at 448 pages, it was just too lengthy.

Lara felt as if they’d known each other for years. There was no possibility of the two of them running out of things to say. They’d eaten lunch outside on the terrace and talked about his ex-wives and assorted children. She’d told him about Gigi and Flynn, her years growing up in Keswick with Nettie, and now her new life in Bath

A WALK IN THE PARK is a Sunday Times bestseller by Jill Mansell, not to be missed by fans of Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson.

A WALK IN THE PARK is a Sunday Times bestseller by Jill Mansell, not to be missed by fans of Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson. It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result.

Report an error in the book. There's a lot of catching up for everyone to do, and Lara's return is going to be anything but a walk in the park. Praise for To the Moon and Back: "e;A tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance, and second chances.

Jill Mansell (born 15 June) is a British author of romantic comedy. Her books have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Mansell grew up in the Cotswolds and attended Sir William Romney's School in Tetbury. After working at the Burden Neurological Institute in Bristol for many years, she became a full-time writer in 1992. She lives in Bristol with her partner and children.

Jill Mansell writes another good yarn.


Reviews about A Walk in the Park (7):
Pringles
4.5 stars

Lara was kicked out of her house by her father and step-mother at 16 years old. Now, thirty-four years old, Lara is back in her hometown for her father's funeral to face the people she left behind without a word, including Evie, her BFF from high school and Flynn, her high school sweetheart. She also has a secret she's been holding for eighteen years.

This was my first book by Jill Mansell but likely not my last. She's a very talented author with a great voice and writing style and a biting sense of humor. I don't know what it is about British chick lit but there must be something in the water there because all of the authors are witty in a completely different way than American chick lit writers. Not necessarily "better' but definitely unique and fun. The characters in A Walk in the Park were all incredibly likeable and a bit quirky and I enjoyed the way the author created strong subplots for all of them.

My only problem with this book is that I thought it was a bit unbelievable that Lara returned home after 18 years of silence and slid right back into her old life as if nothing had changed. She's immediately fully at ease with her old best friend despite not communicating with her at all, the feelings for her old boyfriend come flooding back immediately and neither the ex nor the BFF seem at all angry that Lara completely disappeared on them without a word. A bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book and the way it was all wrapped up and will definitely add more books by this author to my TBR.
Rocksmith
I can always count on being entertained when I pick up a Jill Mansell book. In this one, though, something I've seen before in her stories really started to bother me.

It's not the interweaving, multiple storylines. I like that; it's part of the fun.

It's not the family tragedy backstory that so often crops up. That helps ground things and keep them from being all fluff all the time.

The thing that bugged me was that JM spends quite a lot of time establishing a very interesting gay character, and then leaves him out in the cold. He's not one of the "main" characters (they never are) but is sufficiently well-developed that you think he's bound to get his happily-ever-after just like the straight characters do. But no.

If this were the first time I'd seen this phenomenon in one of JM's books I probably wouldn't have noticed it. But having just recently read through my entire collection (donated to our library now, future titles will be bought as ebooks) and seen it in action elsewhere, I felt it was worth pointing out.

Having gone to the trouble of writing a really intriguing character, who happens to be gay, with apparent compassion for the unique challenges faced by gay people ... finish the story, eh? Don't leave it at "I can never tell anyone." Why bother if you're not taking that character anywhere?

Anyway. Good book, minor flaw.
Xwnaydan
jill mansell is a wonderful writer of chick lit that rises way above the standard, as i have read it. i have read all of her books that have been discounted for kindle- i think 5-6 so far. i have loved them all.

there is always a main character, a girl/young woman, who meets, in time, some man that she connects with, and then goes away from, and then re-connects with. it's standard girl loves boy/girl loses boy/girl regains boy. but oh what this writer does with that outline!

she makes, she writes, somehow, such wonderful characters. her novels are teeming with unique characters, of all kinds, yet not extreme people, people we know from our schools and the mall. i would say it's like dickens, but not really.....there are no extremely odd people here in jill mansell's novels, these are people we know.

at the end of her novels, and this one is no different, you wonder why those characters have to leave; they are so delightful, and you have come to know them. you end up thinking that you'd like to be friends with them, meet them for lunch, hang out with them. it's how this writer creates her cast of characters, and what she puts them through, that makes up such a delightful experience.

many events occur, many missed chances, sometimes redeemed, many scenes that are touching and funny and sometimes a little sad.

there is cute/funny/pithy/insightful/fun/charming/silly/heartrending dialogue. there are wonderful scenes that take place, mostly, in rural, or village, england. for anglophiles, it's a great chance to peek into british life outside of the cities, and revel in the loveliness of the gardens, houses, little towns, views, customs.

sometimes the lead character is a very young lady, and a bit into the current trends in clothes or clubs. here, in this book, there is a slightly older woman, who has a child, so it's a different perspective for the character. not so much about finding a mate, here, although that is one main theme of jm's books, but lots about a second act, about finding one's place, where one feels comfortable- not just in a town, but inside oneself.

to me, this is the best jm book i have read, and i can't recommend it highly enough. i am normally not a romance/chick lit reader, but sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone to have a unique and satisfying experience. this is one of those times, this is one of those special authors, and this is a most special book. prepare to be charmed. this is maybe a pt-13 at most experience, so nice to read an author like this for a change. if you like sensual scenes, look to another author. here is charm, and charm with a british accent, personified.

she's a brit writer, with many brit-isms, so if you are not used to brit-speak, it should not be a problem, context is everything, just saying by way of fyi, there are things/expressions/products/slang that are different than in here in the usa.
RED
I always enjoy Jill Mansell's books. invariably she gets me to laugh out loud with the witty dialog and crazy situations the characters get into. I wouldn't call this one of the best. I found it quite frustrating at times. Yes I know that Lara and Flynn were the main thread of the story so their relationship had to be spread out across the book but Lara was driving me a bit buggy, first that she "disappeared" for 18 years and never bothered to contact Flynn and then when they met again, I didn't quite get why she was so stubborn about a relationship with him. But as with all Mansell's books, the interweaving of tales (and romances) make the book a delightfully fun read.

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