‘You And Me, Always’ is Jill Mansell’s brand new book. It was published on the 28th January 2016 by Headline Review in hardback. Today it is my turn on this blog tour and I have a few treats in store for you. Firstly, my review.
This story is set in Stanton Langley, a beautiful village in Cornwall. On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, she opens the very last letter written to her by her mother who sadly died when she was just eight years old. Reading the letter, Lily leans more about her mum’s first and only true love and this gets her thinking.
Later on in the day Lily rather unexpectedly meets Eddie Tessler, a film star who is fleeing fame and who might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. However, Dan who has been her friend since childhood has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. Nothing will ever be the same again in Stanton Langley. Bu is this for the good or bad? That’s for you to find out.
I really liked the cover for ‘You And Me, Always’. It’s just so beautiful. Right from the very first page I knew I was going to love this book. The first chapter was just great and I loved that there was some humour from the start. It certainly made me smile.
The author writes in such a way that you find yourself almost instantly getting drawn into the characters’ lives and feel as if you have known them forever. I love it when a book does that. The majority of the characters were really likeable, my favourites being Lily, Coral, Dan and Declan. It must have been so hard for Lily losing her mum at such a young age. Luckily she had plenty of people looking out for her. Lily was a really lovely person who deserved happiness.
‘You And Me, Always’ is an absolutely delightful read which you won’t want to put down.
Jill Mansell certainly knows how to tell a great story. I was very impressed and will be waiting eagerly for her next novel. In the meantime though I suppose I could read some of her previous books.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
Enjoyed reading my review? Well to now whet your appetites that little bit more I have an exclusive extract from ‘You And Me, Always’.
Gosh, keeping secrets was hard. Lily kept finding herself glancing across the table at Patsy, and Patsy was doing the same to her.
Because Patsy knew about Eddie Tessler, and she knew about Eddie Tessler, and she knew that Patsy knew she knew …
In the meantime, Coral was blissfully unaware and rattling on about something else entirely.
Plus, of course, they had a birthday to celebrate.
Coming to this restaurant in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham was another tradition that had begun the year her mother had died. Having been brought to Maria’s months earlier and been enthralled by both the atmosphere and the fettuccine Alfredo, she’d asked to come here again for her birthday. And Maria, the owner, had made a wonderful fuss of her, bringing out the bowl of fettuccine with coloured candles stuck into it and persuading everyone in the restaurant, staff and customers alike, to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. Maria, a mother of seven herself, had succeeded in making what could have been a difficult evening a triumph instead. It might not be the most upmarket and glamorous place to eat, but it was without question the most welcoming. Nine-year-old Lily had hugged Maria and declared, ‘I’m always, always going to come here for my birthday.’
And they had done, every year since. Always the four of them when Nick had been alive, now they were down to three, but the welcome was just as warm, and Maria, like a proud and adoring grandma, still insisted on sticking candles into her food.
This evening they’d had another brilliant time, the food had been delicious and wine had been drunk.
Which wasn’t helping at all.
‘Who is it?’ said Coral when Patsy’s phone signalled the arrival of a message.
Patsy, who had glanced at the screen, gone a bit wide-eyed and hurriedly put the phone down, said, ‘Sorry? No one!’ Then her gaze had flickered in Lily’s direction and she’d taken another glug of wine.
Two very lucky people have the chance to win a hardback copy of ‘You And Me, Always’. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me about a previous book or books you have read by Jill Mansell. If you haven’t read any of her previous novels then just tell me why you want to read this book.
Terms and Conditions
This competition is open to UK residents only.
The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 14th February 2016.
The winners will be picked at random and notified of their win within 7 days of the closing date. Their details will be passed on to Elizabeth Masters at Headline who will send out your prizes.