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
Author:Jill Mansell
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This Could Change Everything Reviews

  • Anne

    Loved every page!

    Full review will be on my blog and in the press in January

  • 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.

  • Laura

    I absolutely adore reading a Jill Mansell novel and with every new one I indulge in, I gain a new favourite as Jill's writing never fails to captivate me and her stories are always fresh.

    This Could Change Everything is no exception and as with most of Jill's books, she expertly takes a handful of characters and entwines their worlds, bringing the characters and their stories together.

    In This Could Change Everything the main characters are Essie, Zillah and Conor -

    Essie and her best friend think

    I absolutely adore reading a Jill Mansell novel and with every new one I indulge in, I gain a new favourite as Jill's writing never fails to captivate me and her stories are always fresh.

    This Could Change Everything is no exception and as with most of Jill's books, she expertly takes a handful of characters and entwines their worlds, bringing the characters and their stories together.

    In This Could Change Everything the main characters are Essie, Zillah and Conor -

    Essie and her best friend think its a fun idea to send each other a round robin - a letter for no-one else to see, giving an account of their year and their thoughts and opinions.

    What Essie doesn't plan on is for the round robin to be sent to everyone on her email contact list.

    Zillah is a wonder and such a vibrant character. Having lived a full life, and still going, she's seen most things and with money in the bank, Zillah loves nothing more than granting wishes and making people smile.

    And Conor, well his life turned around from his role as a solictor when his heart was touched by a dying patient. Pursuing his love of gardening and photography he completely turned his life around for the better.

    When Essie meets Zillah and Conor she embarks on a new chapter in her life and sees things with a new perspective. The sub characters in Lucas and Scarlett kept each chapter fresh and exciting as the three main characters face their own challenges - Essie losing her boyfriend, job and home, Zillah having a fall and Conor thinking he had what he wanted in a girlfriend.

    This Could Change Everything is an uplifting and heart warming novel, full of love and friendship. It gives an insight to what happens when things doesn't go as planned - everything happens for a reason, after all.

  • 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.

  • Vickie Richens

    Love Jill Mansell books and this was no exception stayed up into the night to finish it.

  • Janet Emson

    Essie’s life changes dramatically when a joke round robin, meant only for the eyes of her friend, makes it to everyone on her email list. That email list included her boyfriend’s mother, who happened to be the subject of the round robin. Essie finds herself jobless and homeless but is luckily saved when Zillah steps in and offers her the flat above her home. Essie soon makes friends with Zillah and her other neighbour Conor. And when Essie gets a job in the pub across the road she thinks she’s s

    Essie’s life changes dramatically when a joke round robin, meant only for the eyes of her friend, makes it to everyone on her email list. That email list included her boyfriend’s mother, who happened to be the subject of the round robin. Essie finds herself jobless and homeless but is luckily saved when Zillah steps in and offers her the flat above her home. Essie soon makes friends with Zillah and her other neighbour Conor. And when Essie gets a job in the pub across the road she thinks she’s set. Then she meets Lucas, though things aren’t as easy as all that….

    I’ve always found Jill Mansell’s books a joy to read, This Could Change Everything is no different. Funny, moving, warm and wonderfully entertaining, it was a lovely way to while away a few hours.

    The characters are all well drawn. Zillah is a wonderful character, kind, generous and mischevious, and is Essie’s saviour when she gives her a place to live, and a new friend in Conor, who also has a flat in the same building. Essie’s friend Scarlett brings humour to the story. Paul, Essie’s ex-boyfriend is juxtaposed excellently by Lucas, both of whom torment Essie in their own way.

    The book is peppered with humour, Scarlett often provides light relief with the scrapes she gets herself into. There are also very moving, thought-provoking scenes as Zillah offers her own kind of make a wish treats. She, in particular, shows that kindess and thoughtfulness are often the most important things we can offer to others.

    Jill Mansell books are a literary cuddle. You can’t help but feel warm and cosseted whilst lost in the pages. I picked This Could Change Everything up early one morning and turned the last page that same evening.

    This Could Change Everything is a lovely book to while away a winter evening or to read during a hazy summer day. I’m already looking forward to the next book from Jill Mansell.

    Recommended.

  • Book Gannet

    3.5 stars.

    This book is a prime example of what

    does best. There is a heroine who has got herself into something of a scrape, leading to a difficult living situation, whose life is rather miraculously transformed through the fortuitous meeting with a fairy godmother-esque lady. There is romance, friendship and plenty of humour, mixed in with a few heartaches and more serious situations here and there. It’s heart warming and easy to read and demands nothing of you but time.

    I liked it.

    3.5 stars.

    This book is a prime example of what

    does best. There is a heroine who has got herself into something of a scrape, leading to a difficult living situation, whose life is rather miraculously transformed through the fortuitous meeting with a fairy godmother-esque lady. There is romance, friendship and plenty of humour, mixed in with a few heartaches and more serious situations here and there. It’s heart warming and easy to read and demands nothing of you but time.

    I liked it. I liked Essy, even if I didn’t feel too bad for her at the beginning, because Paul is not that great. I loved Zillah, the Fairy Godmother of the piece, and I liked Essy’s best friend Scarlett too. Conor, if I’m honest, I wasn’t that keen on. He prides himself on being a nice guy, but really he’s pretty judgemental and I wasn’t particularly happy about how things ended for him. I felt like he needed to grovel and apologise a lot more.

    Then there’s Lucas. He’s a nice guy, who like all of the characters is a familiar sort often found in Jill Mansell’s books. He’s handsome, charming, successful and a lot nicer than he often lets on. I liked him too, just like everyone else. I didn’t particularly like how things went with his girlfriend, though. That felt like too much of a predictable cliché and I wish things had been resolved differently.

    On the whole, though, this is an enjoyable read. If you’re a Jill Mansell fan, nothing will surprise you here. It has everything you’d expect whilst proving a lovely, warming read. Even the darker issues are handled with a light touch, leaving mostly humour and happiness behind. If you need a break from the winter blues or something to relax with on holiday, then try this, escape and enjoy.

    (ARC provided by the publisher via Amazon Vine.)

  • Billie

    Zillah!!!!!

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