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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (475 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Miranda is thrilled with Greg. He's gorgeous, funny, and practically perfect. Greg thinks Miranda is great, but he hasn't told her everything about himself. After all, even the sweetest girl is likely to be put off by a man who's left his newly pregnant wife. But there's now way she'll ever find out... is there?

When Greg inevitably breaks Miranda's heart, her friend Danny is there to cheer her up, and they quickly wreaks an unforgettable revenge. Miranda's now ready to move on to another affair - but will Danny get a chance to tell her he's in love with her himself...

Great fun and so much more, Miranda's Big Mistake is loaded with remarkably interesting characters but Miranda is the one that “shoots herself in the foot” most often. She is also irrepressible, full of energy, kindhearted, ditsy, and a champion at picking “losers” for boyfriends.

Florence, Chloe, and Bev accept Miranda just the way she is as they add sub-plots to Miranda’s story. Florence, in her wheelchair, is a feisty, lovable, unrepentant meddler—a delight. Sweet Chloe initially seems to be a “doormat” but her metamorphosis is a joy to see. “Always-put-together” Bev finally comes into her own at the paintball games—a surprise and absolute fun! Mansell’s humorous style shines as she develops these characters.

“Good ole” Greg is an antagonist one loves to hate—yuck! But Bruce is not far behind. They add new layers to the happenings. Of course, Danny, Miles, Fenn, Johnnie, and Tom, the good guys so deftly woven into the story by Jill Mansell, are intriguing and unique--each of them gives a special meaning to true love.

The British humor, life styles, social life, and interest in celebrities propels the story along at lightening speed at times making it difficult to put the book down. Keeping up with all the characters does the reader alert. They are a busy bunch.

Jill Mansel’s writing style, with its many levels of humor, its multiple plots, and intriguing characters, makes Miranda's Big Mistake splendid reading. It is funny, sassy, and it lifts the spirit. GOOD READING!