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One You Really Want by Jill Mansell

One You Really Want

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As so often happens with these young frothy authors, they grow up and their books grow with them. So 20-plus to 60-plus ladies, this fast, fun, feel-good tale of modern complicated life is for you. She’s lovely.

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One You Really Want by Jill Mansell

It all starts with a shiny, red, sit-on lawnmower. When Nancy spies her Christmas present from her husband sitting on the lawn, she realises the jewellery she thought was for her must be sitting on someone else. Her best friend Carmen isn't surprised (she never liked Jonathan) and persuades Nancy to leave Edinburgh and come and stay in her luxury London flat - far too vast for Carmen since her husband, millionaire rock star Spike Todd, died. Soon Nancy's met gorgeous Connor O'Shea, who lives next door, and his daughter Mia is matchmaking - not least because she'd like to see the back of Connor's current pushy girlfriend. Meanwhile Carmen, who's always been certain she doesn't want another man in her life, feels a spark when a handsome charity worker called Joe calls round. But Joe's not quite all he seems...


'Jill Mansell is in a different league' * Sun * 'Mansell's fiction is a happy leap away from the troubles of today' * Sunday Express * 'Slick, sexy, funny' * Daily Telegraph * 'A warm, witty and romantic read that you won't be able to put down' * Daily Mail * 'To read it is to devour it' * Company * 'Bursting with humour, brimming with intrigue and full of characters you'll adore - we can't think of a better literary remedy' ***** * Heat *'

About the Author

Jill Mansell

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 Tweeting and marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she's completely run out of displacement activities does she actually write.

Author photo © Bristol Evening Post

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Publication date

4th September 2006


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