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

  • Karen

    The moment I met eighty three year old Zillah Walsh on the very first page, I knew that I was going to love this book. It’s escapism at its very best. Zillah was a fabulous character – no chance of her getting around on a mobility scooter. An open top Mercedes was more her style.

    Essie thought she had found the perfect boyfriend in Paul, until that round robin letter, in the form of an email was sent just before Christmas. Meant as a joke between her and her best friend Scarlett and never intende

    The moment I met eighty three year old Zillah Walsh on the very first page, I knew that I was going to love this book. It’s escapism at its very best. Zillah was a fabulous character – no chance of her getting around on a mobility scooter. An open top Mercedes was more her style.

    Essie thought she had found the perfect boyfriend in Paul, until that round robin letter, in the form of an email was sent just before Christmas. Meant as a joke between her and her best friend Scarlett and never intended to be seen by anyone else, her laptop fell into the wrong hands and the email went viral to everyone in Essie’s contacts – and then the media. Not such a big deal you might think, but it was the comments about her boyfriend and his mother – who also happened to be her boss, that lost Essie her boyfriend, home and job.

    Luckily for Essie, fate steps in and she meets someone who can help; ending up in a super attic flat in a house in a desirable part of Bath. She is not the only occupant of the converted house. Also living there is Conor, an ex solicitor with a conscience now working as a gardener. Conor has his own backstory, which is very poignant and touching and shows what a really decent guy he is.

    There are so many wonderful and engaging characters here, it would be hard to pick a favourite, and as much as I loved Essie for her sparkly personality and resilience, I think Zillah gives her a run for her money. Calculating but in a kind way, perceptive and at times just downright awkward, she is the star of the book. She has certainly lived a colourful life. Being a very wealthy lady, she has a unique way of giving something back – one which was rather lovely and made me quite wet eyed.

    I’ve read all of Jill Mansell’s books over the years and each time I say the latest is my favourite! Well, guess what. This Could Change Everything is definitely my favourite (to date!!). It has everything that I want in a story of this genre – interesting characters that you can care about, laugh and cry with, romance (but not too slushy), clever and humorous dialogue.

    This Could Change Everything is heartwarming and uplifting and a story about fate and second chances and seizing the moment. I adored it and have no doubt that it will make my list of top books this year.

  • Cressida McLaughlin

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

  • Bookread2day

    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.

  • Shannon

    Dit boek was echt super! Ik heb enorm genoten van dit boek, ook al was veel voorspelbaar. Voor mij drukte dat de pret niet, omdat ik vaak alsnog nieuwsgierig was naar hoe het zou gebeuren. Vooral toen het nieuws van Giselle bekend werd, vroeg ik mij af hoe het zou aflopen. Uiteindelijk had het einde wel iets spectaculairder gemogen, maar het was wel realistisch, vond ik zelf. Al met al vond ik het een top boek en een enorme aanrader.

  • Sarah

    I knew from the opening page I was going to love this book and I wasn't wrong.

    As soon as we meet Zillah, I couldn't wait to find out more about her. I think she could teach us many a thing in life. I like how she believes in people and takes risks. For a woman in her eighties, she certainly lives life to the fullest and I thought she was the most fabulous of characters. Certainly one I will remember very fondly.

    Essie is the main character who due to a bit of bad luck finds herself jobless and bo

    I knew from the opening page I was going to love this book and I wasn't wrong.

    As soon as we meet Zillah, I couldn't wait to find out more about her. I think she could teach us many a thing in life. I like how she believes in people and takes risks. For a woman in her eighties, she certainly lives life to the fullest and I thought she was the most fabulous of characters. Certainly one I will remember very fondly.

    Essie is the main character who due to a bit of bad luck finds herself jobless and boyfriendless. Her luck changes for the better though when she meets Zillah who takes her under her wing and offers her a roof over her head. The house and the square that they live on sounded so idyllic and I could easily visualise it in my head. 

    There are quite a few characters that stand out for different reasons. They all bring something to this wonderful story and it really makes for a feel good read. 

    This Could Change Everything is a life changing read. I would like to think from this wonderful story that it will make people sit back and think and maybe change their life for the better. It oozes positivity and charm and makes you want to give people a chance in life. Loved it. A heart warming and engaging read that fans of this genre will adore.

    My thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  • Melisa

    I am so very excited to be on the blog tour for the UK paperback release of This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. I have read several of Jill’s books and they are always are a sure thing, however this one was just the very, very best. Oh, how I loved it!

    When Essie goes through a (slightly hilarious) major life altering change, she finds herself in several new circumstances, and her life will be changed forever.

    This is a story about the goodness that exists in people, and when you find t

    I am so very excited to be on the blog tour for the UK paperback release of This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. I have read several of Jill’s books and they are always are a sure thing, however this one was just the very, very best. Oh, how I loved it!

    When Essie goes through a (slightly hilarious) major life altering change, she finds herself in several new circumstances, and her life will be changed forever.

    This is a story about the goodness that exists in people, and when you find those people, you hold onto them and don’t let them go. This was my favorite part of this book - the hearts of some of these characters were so huge and overflowing with love - it was a great place to be in the few days it took me to read this. I was able to step outside of all the craziness that goes on in the world and be surrounded by a wonderful story with wonderful characters.

    Of course, Zillah, the fabulous octogenarian, was my favorite character - I will be thinking of her and her heart for a very long time, and maybe even coveting her enviable wardrobe and shoe collection.

    This is an utterly charming book that will pull at your heartstrings, will have you laughing, and perhaps even shedding a tear. And this is why we read, isn’t it? To feel. And oh boy, will you ever feel here.

    A huge thank you to Anne Cater, Jill Mansell, and Headline Books for including me in this tour and to Sourcebooks for my US copy. You can find the blog tour post here:

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Essie Phillips wrote a ranting email about her boss, who happens to be her boyfriend’s mother, and somehow, it was inadvertently sent to everyone in her address book! As things tend to go these days, the email went viral. Essie stands to lose not just her job, but her relationship and her apartment as well.

    How can she repair the damage? Flighty Essie decides to run as fast as she can to a new town and start entirely over.

    Wow, th

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Essie Phillips wrote a ranting email about her boss, who happens to be her boyfriend’s mother, and somehow, it was inadvertently sent to everyone in her address book! As things tend to go these days, the email went viral. Essie stands to lose not just her job, but her relationship and her apartment as well.

    How can she repair the damage? Flighty Essie decides to run as fast as she can to a new town and start entirely over.

    Wow, there’s a lot to love in book! Warm-hearted, loving characters abound, and there are a few interesting storylines taking place in addition to Essie’s.

    First, let’s start with Essie. She is likable and, really, her email was just her being honest about how she felt. Fortunately for her, that email set in motion a positive, new phase in her life, possibly better and more enriching than her old one.

    Zillah is a love, a ball of fun, enjoys dressing up in high heels; all at a young eighty-three years old. I perked up every time Zillah was mentioned!

    Of course there are a couple charming male characters that add some swoon factor and fun, but I don’t want to name any names and spoil Essie’s evolution.

    Jill Mansell has done it again with This Could Change Everything! It is a most endearing, lighthearted, quirky, and utterly enchanting romance. If you enjoy old school Sophie Kinsella or uplifting, sweet reads, Mansell is a go-to. I wish I could read this one all over again, and one day, you betcha, I will!

    Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity read this ARC. This Could Change Everything is available now!

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Obsidian

    Ehh this was definitely missing something. I have enjoyed the last two Mansell books I have read, but this one felt a bit empty and I honestly didn't like two out of the three main characters. I was more intrigued by a secondary character and definitely wished for her to have a better love interest than the one she got in the end.

    "This Could Change Everything" has Essie Phillips getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend after an email she writes is accidentally sent to everyone in he

    Ehh this was definitely missing something. I have enjoyed the last two Mansell books I have read, but this one felt a bit empty and I honestly didn't like two out of the three main characters. I was more intrigued by a secondary character and definitely wished for her to have a better love interest than the one she got in the end.

    "This Could Change Everything" has Essie Phillips getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend after an email she writes is accidentally sent to everyone in her contacts list.

    Essie writes one of those weird Round Robin letters that people send out around Christmas. Instead of her lying about her accomplishments she is brutally honest about what a pain her boss is and how her boyfriend's cleaning habits are a bit much. Only problem is that her boss is also her boyfriend's mother. Essie invited her brother to say with her and a friend he meets ends up staying the night (Lucas) who thought it would be very funny to send the email out to everyone Essie knows.

    Essie ends up meeting an older woman named Ziillah looking to rent the top floor of her home. Zillah realizes that Essie will make a great tenant and happily welcomes her to her home along with another tenant named Conner. Mansell has the story going back and forth between these three.

    My favorite character to read about was Zillah. Zillah is in her 80s and has some regrets about her life. Married three times, and only one of those marriages being successful, she wishes she didn't marry her first two husbands. We also find out that Zillah is up to making amends a bit by using her money to make wishes come true for dying adults. I don't know if I liked this little subplot or not. I ended up reading and not feeling much of anything about that which is weird for me. I cry at a drop of a hat usually. I think I just ended up feeling emotionally manipulated and didn't care for it.

    I didn't really like Essie much at all. She ends up going back to being a waitress and works for Lucas. Lucas and Essie seem to like each other, big problem is that Essie blames him for ruining her life and Lucas has a seemingly perfect girlfriend. As readers you have to hope they get together which means cheating (bah). I also hated the reveal about Lucas and his life and the whole email thing. It didn't make any sense,

    Conner is a snob. There is no way to explain his whole thing. I wasn't rooting for him and hated the fact that Scarlett (Essie's best friend) even had a crush on him.

    The writing was okay, but unlike with previous Mansell books there was nothing that really made any characters sing. I was bored for most of these stories and thought that Mansell took an easy route out to resolve some things instead of making us dislike certain characters.

  • Marialyce

    3.5 cutsie stars

    You can find my reviews here:

    This story had quite a bit of charm. Essie Phillips is a lucky girl. She has a man she loves, an upcoming marriage, and lots of life happening things opening up before her eyes. All is perfect, well...outside the fact that her future mother in law hates her but other than that (and the fact she works for said upcoming MIL), life looks wonderful.

    Did you ever receive one of those holiday letters informing the wor

    3.5 cutsie stars

    You can find my reviews here:

    This story had quite a bit of charm. Essie Phillips is a lucky girl. She has a man she loves, an upcoming marriage, and lots of life happening things opening up before her eyes. All is perfect, well...outside the fact that her future mother in law hates her but other than that (and the fact she works for said upcoming MIL), life looks wonderful.

    Did you ever receive one of those holiday letters informing the world of how truly awesome the sender's life was? They have the perfect life, the super successful children, a husband who is devoted, vacations, and on and on. Don't you sometimes wish you could send a letter that told the truth? That your life wasn't that great, that you were getting fat, that your bird died, and that you hate your mother in law? Of course you would never send it though. Well Essie decides to have some fun and writes a letter that tells the truth never in a million years intending to send it. But, as is often the case a mistake happens and zoom that letter is sent and the damage is done. Essie's life is over, well not really but she now has to move on and move on she does.

    Essie moves to another town and meets a bevy of likeable characters and her life which looked desperately awful turns into something she never expected.

    This was a charming story, a lovely sweet tale where when you are at your lowest the only place you can go is up. So if you are in need of a pleasant read, one to take to the beach, the pool, or on vacation, this might be the one for you. It is a bit contrived but hey who doesn't like a book where you can enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of a sacchariferous story?

    Thank you to Jill Mansell, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, and NetGalley for a copy of this cute tale.

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