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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Walk In The Park by Jill Mansell

A Walk In The Park by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (431 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

No one could have planned for this...

Lara Carson left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Does it mean anything that she's suddenly reappeared in Bath just in time for her ex–best friend Evie's wedding? And what about Flynn? Even the most eagle–eyed observer can't tell whether he's happy to see her, or just stunned.

While secrets pile up on secrets, and the gossip mill wings into high gear, the brand–new life Lara's searching for becomes ever more elusive. 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.

One downside to getting into really good book is reading the last sentence. The sad feeling that you’re saying goodbye to characters you’ve come to know and love. That’s what happened to me after reading A Walk In The Park. It held me captivated and longing to find the time to read more. I think a big part of its appeal for me was the wonderful characters that Ms. Mansell created. Not just the main ones, but secondary characters too. Every one of them was painstakingly crafted making them jump off the page. I felt like I knew everyone of them and they came across as very lifelike to me.

Besides the people who lived in this book, the plot was great too. Just when I thought the author was taking the story one way (and convinced myself I knew what would happen next) she took me by surprise, revealing things I hadn’t seen coming.

There’s more than one romance that develops in this story and each one is fun to follow. I must say I was pulling for Lara and Flynn from the moment they reconnected. As I read on I hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I should also give a mention to the setting, which is Bath in the UK and having been there myself many times I can say that the author did a wonderful job using it as the backdrop for the story. It was almost like revisiting the city all over again.

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ms. Mansell but it won’t be the last. If you’re looking for a great book to add to your fall to read list, I highly recommend this one.