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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell

Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (499 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

He's the best thing that ever happened to her. He's also the worst. He's Millie's Fling.

From one of the premiere contemporary authors in the UK, here is a fun and romantic tale that proves the road to matchmaking hilarity is paved with good intentions.

Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.

With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned...

Fast moving, fun filled, with fascinating characters, MILLIE’S FLING grabs the reader and sweeps her into the whirlpool of Millie’s life. Millie, EVEN with her faux pas, foot-in-mouth moments, and other outlandish incidents, is a winner. She emerges a survivor with a zest for life that never subsides for long. She sees people for who they truly are and uses her special brand of humorous philosophy to cope with them while never losing her strong sense of justice, at least, justice as she sees it.

Jill Mansell has many story lines going at once, but she never lets the reader get lost in the maze as she blends all these together with remarkable skill. She makes everything sound so real, even with the ridiculous antics of the characters that make the reader laugh, sigh, and sometime cry. The events propel the reader along to share the extreme emotional highs and lows of the diverse characters. Jill’s humor, both subtle and blatant, lifts the spirits and makes the heart sing. With her masterful use of words to reveal the complexity of the characters’ personalities, she makes the reader feel as if she is right there with the action.

The characters and events elicit laughs, giggles, chuckles, and reveal exuberance for life that is contagious. The feeling that a new adventure is just around the corner makes even the “poor-me” scenes fun to read. The twists and turns in the story make the reader unsure of who will end up with whom when all is said and done.

Being rejected by the man she feels is her soul mate does not deter Millie from meeting life head on—meddling in her friends’ lives, making a living, getting herself into all kinds of jams, and always being the one people can depend on. Of course, we get our happy-ever-after, but we get SO MUCH more along the way in MILLIE’S FLING.