This Could Change Everything

This Could Change Everything

If only Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that went viral... THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING is the feel-good new novel from Jill Mansell, the bestselling author of MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. Not to be missed by fans of Katie Fforde and Lucy Diamond. On the one hand, if Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that only her best friend was meant to see - then...

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Title:This Could Change Everything
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This Could Change Everything Reviews

  • Anne

    Essie is settled. She's living with her boyfriend Paul, she has a job and all is going well. It's almost Christmas and Essie and her friend Scarlett are chuckling over a Round Robin letter sent by friends of Paul's family. Essie's decision to write her own version of the Christmas Round Robin seems like the funniest of jokes .... until the next morning, when she wakes up to find that the letter has been forwarded to everyone in her contacts list. Yes, everyone; including Paul's mother, and that

    Essie is settled. She's living with her boyfriend Paul, she has a job and all is going well. It's almost Christmas and Essie and her friend Scarlett are chuckling over a Round Robin letter sent by friends of Paul's family. Essie's decision to write her own version of the Christmas Round Robin seems like the funniest of jokes .... until the next morning, when she wakes up to find that the letter has been forwarded to everyone in her contacts list. Yes, everyone; including Paul's mother, and that is a very bad thing indeed.

    Needless to say, Essie quickly finds herself looking for a new home and a new job. Zillah, meanwhile is the Queen of the Square. Elderly, outspoken and flamboyant, she's lived in Percival Square; one of the most elegant addresses in Bath for many years, and she's looking for a new tenant. Zillah and Essie hit it off at once, and when Essie gets work in the bar just across the square, she feels as though maybe things will be OK.

    However, things don't always run smoothly and when Essie is finally introduced to Lucas, the owner of the bar, her heart sinks. How on earth can she work for and alongside him? He's the root of her problems, or so she thinks.

    Jill Mansell returns with another wonderfully warm story, filled with colourful and loveable characters that really bring a cheer to the heart. Zillah and Essie are both wonderfully crafted characters. Zillah has a heart of gold in a tough shell. whilst Essie has a vulnerability to her that is so endearing. Incorporated into life in the square are the stories of the patients of the local Hospice who Zillah grants wishes for. There are some incredibly touching and poignant moments within this story that bring a lump to the throat, yet are offset with humour and love which really makes this a quite magical read.

    Filled with romance and kindness, This Could Change Everything is full of heart and fun and is a fabulously enjoyable read.

  • Cressida McLaughlin

    This book is gorgeous, romantic, life-affirming perfection. I’ve been lost in it all day and never wanted to be found.

  • Agi

    A proud owner of all Jill Mansell's books speaking here (I must take a photo of them all standing on my bookshelf, totally) - no need to mention that I of course have read them all, and loved all of them, without exception. Every new release from this author is impatiently awaited by yours truly. The beautiful orange cover of this brand new offer from Ms Mansell catches your eye immediately - I can't recall a book cover in such lovely, warm colours as this of "This Could Change Everything". And

    A proud owner of all Jill Mansell's books speaking here (I must take a photo of them all standing on my bookshelf, totally) - no need to mention that I of course have read them all, and loved all of them, without exception. Every new release from this author is impatiently awaited by yours truly. The beautiful orange cover of this brand new offer from Ms Mansell catches your eye immediately - I can't recall a book cover in such lovely, warm colours as this of "This Could Change Everything". And what is between this beautiful cover is just Jill Mansell at her best - she presents us with a lovely, heart - warming story with a great heroine, some difficult situations and a fairy - godmother.

    There is a great mix of colourful characters in this story. Essie very quickly, right at the beginning, gets herself in troubles by writing a round robin email that was supposed to land only in her best friend Scarlett's inbox but somehow is sent to all her contacts. Round robin, where Essie writes what she thinks about her boyfriend and her prospective mother - in - law as well, so you can imagine the consequences, right. Who has sent it and why?

    What I so adore in Jill Mansell's book, so also in this one, is the fact that the characters come into each other lives by chance and usually stay friends, creating an incredible group of colourful, real characters. I was totally engrossed in all their ups and downs, problems, troubles and complications. They are all so well drawn, together with their fortes and flaws as well, and I loved their sense of humour and determination.

    The darker and heavier issues are handled with gentleness and subtlety and light touch. I totally adored the idea of Zillah being the wonderful fairy godmother, making wishes come true for the residents of the hospice.

    Sure, the things happened oh so very conveniently for our characters but oh my, so what? It didn't bother me at all. And that the characters mostly were more lucky than clever? Let them!

    Altogether, it was - as expected and awaited by me - a light and enjoyable read with some twists and turns and surprises on the way, and ha! Let it surprise you when it comes to the romances - let me just tell you that not everybody ends with people you think they're going to end. There is everything in the book - plenty of the highest level humour, but of course mixed with some poignant moments and difficult situations, a budding romance or two that are not so straightforward, broken hearts, tons of friendship and warm feelings. It was like a sunbeam on a grey, dull day and it cheered me up ceaselessly. "This Could Change Everything" was a funny, moving, heart - warming, uplifting read, and I totally loved it - highly recommended!

    Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • I read novels

    Five ginormous stars. I can always rely on my favourite author Jill Mansell to tell a page turning story with characters that I adore. Oh dear why did Essie start to write insults about her boyfriends mother? This could have been her future mother in law. Essie wrote things about her boyfriends mother on her laptop and disaster happens when it all goes viral. It wasn't Essie that sent the insults about Paul's mother viral, no it was someone else but who I'm not declaring. So rightly too Paul fin

    Five ginormous stars. I can always rely on my favourite author Jill Mansell to tell a page turning story with characters that I adore. Oh dear why did Essie start to write insults about her boyfriends mother? This could have been her future mother in law. Essie wrote things about her boyfriends mother on her laptop and disaster happens when it all goes viral. It wasn't Essie that sent the insults about Paul's mother viral, no it was someone else but who I'm not declaring. So rightly too Paul finishes his relationship with Essie. Who would want to stay in a relationship after finding things written about your own mother? What will happen to Essie now? And where will she live? Find out more what happens to Essie by reading the Unputdownable This Could Change Everything.

  • Anne Marie H

    Having read afew Jill Mansell books, I was really excited when this one fell through my letterbox. It's one of those lighthearted, easy to read, romance stories, but I loved it all the same.

    Essie has alittle too much to drink and stupidly writes a 'round robin' email to her best friend, under the assumption that nobody will ever get to read it. You can guess how that turns out!!! With no home, no boyfriend and no job, Essie is forced to move into a house share with the Fabulously Eccentric Zill

    Having read afew Jill Mansell books, I was really excited when this one fell through my letterbox. It's one of those lighthearted, easy to read, romance stories, but I loved it all the same.

    Essie has alittle too much to drink and stupidly writes a 'round robin' email to her best friend, under the assumption that nobody will ever get to read it. You can guess how that turns out!!! With no home, no boyfriend and no job, Essie is forced to move into a house share with the Fabulously Eccentric Zillah. (I loved her character) Essie quickly starts to put her life back together again, and finds a new purpose helping Zillah grant wishes to those living in the local hospice, with the help of fellow Housemate Conner. With Essie's heart on the mend, it starts beating for her gorgeous boss Lucas. I did become frustrated with the pair of them, especially with the return of an Ex, as I could see what was coming next and it lead to afew misunderstandings, but overall, they get there in the end. Conner has his own love story along the way which I really enjoyed, and I was pleased with how his story ended.

  • Billie

    Zillah!!!!!

  • Kathryn

    This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell was a joy to read. One of those books you can just pick up and relax into. It was a great mix of wonderful and endearing characters, with a little fun and a bit of romance thrown in.

    I loved Zillah, what a character, the kind of person I'd love to be at eighty three. She was warm and generous, loves dressing up and going out and having a good time, yet very thoughtful of others. She's quite human so has a little guilt and regret thrown in there as wel

    This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell was a joy to read. One of those books you can just pick up and relax into. It was a great mix of wonderful and endearing characters, with a little fun and a bit of romance thrown in.

    I loved Zillah, what a character, the kind of person I'd love to be at eighty three. She was warm and generous, loves dressing up and going out and having a good time, yet very thoughtful of others. She's quite human so has a little guilt and regret thrown in there as well.

    Essie is another easy to like. She has the horror of her email sent out accidentally to her whole address book. In it she is very honest about some people and it doesn't go down well. However really it sets in motion the next phase in Essie's life... which was so good.

    Then there is Connor who rents the flat above Zillah, he keeps an eye on her, and is an excellent photographer. I liked that he had the courage to change his life completely, be honest and move on. He makes a few mistakes in romance but it all added to the fun.

    Lucas is an adorable character, a very handsome one too and very much part of the story. I don't want to give too much away about his involvement in things because it would spoil the story but just let's say he has an interesting back story which makes him just that little bit more vulnerable.

    If you like a light hearted, quirky story then this one will satisfy. I was charmed by it and it will certainly be one I remember.

  • Niek Emm

    heerlijk boek om te lezen ♡

  • Chelsea Lowe

    An enjoyable, well-written, but incredibly predictable plot. If you don't suss out what's going to happen after reading the first 5 chapters, you need to see your doctor!

    I love Jill Mansell's books. To date, there has only been one of her books I haven't enjoyed, which is good odds I think. You know what you're getting with Mansell - she'll give you a plethora of characters, intermingled storylines, some twists, and a happy ending. It's classic, textbook romance. Yes, it is blindingly obvious fr

    An enjoyable, well-written, but incredibly predictable plot. If you don't suss out what's going to happen after reading the first 5 chapters, you need to see your doctor!

    I love Jill Mansell's books. To date, there has only been one of her books I haven't enjoyed, which is good odds I think. You know what you're getting with Mansell - she'll give you a plethora of characters, intermingled storylines, some twists, and a happy ending. It's classic, textbook romance. Yes, it is blindingly obvious from the get-go what is going to happen, but I enjoy that. Sometimes my theories are off, sometimes I am so spot on I feel like I could have written the book for Mansell because I'm that in tune with her. This book fits in with the latter.

    The premise of this book is the idea that a single mistake or accident or wrong decision has the potential to uproot your whole life. The idea that a single event can set you on a path you'd never have planned for. (The butterfly effect, in a nutshell.)

    Essie wrote a brutally honest round-robin meant for her best friend only, but someone went behind her back and sent it to her entire address book. Including her boyfriend's mother, whom she had some choice things to say about! It's a disaster and Essie not only loses her relationship, but her job and her home. She must now find another job - only, her boss might be the last person she wants to see!

    Conor used to work as a solicitor until one day he met a client who wanted him to write up her will. She was a young mother dying of cancer. Her love of life spurred Conor to leave the career that was making him miserable. Now finally doing something he loves, will his love life improve too? Will the one person he cannot stand turn into the woman of his dreams?

    Zillah is a bombshell 80-year-old paying for her past mistakes. She has a string of failed marriages and has broken several hearts along the way, something she is deeply ashamed of. Now she spends her days giving out good Karma, doing little deeds to cheer others up. Will Zillah reconcile with her past mistakes before it's too late?

    Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I didn't feel that urge to abandon other tasks in order to pick this up once I had put it down, but I did find myself drawn in by the characters. The last 100 pages were probably the best for me, the final chapter especially. It's by no means by favourite Mansell book but it's still a good story.

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