Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell

This is a sweepingly romantic and light hearted tale that spans over many years. When Mimi first visits her dad in Goosebrook situated in the beautiful Cotswolds, she has no idea that her pull to the village will see her coming back and forth through the highs and lows of her life.

The title makes reference to a chemistry that seems instant from the moment two main characters meet, but sadly it is not to be as they are each on different paths. Each time Mimi visits Goosebrook, I was filled with trepidation wondering would it be this time?

I’ve decided not to summarise the plot anymore as I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s safe to say there’s a lot going on and you’ll be turning the pages quickly to see how it will all pan out.

I’m a massive fan of Mansell’s style, her stories always seem to flow so naturally and have a light dusting of humour in every page.

Mansell’s ability to bring her characters to life make her books warm and it’s so easy to find a character or two to relate to! I found Mimi particularly charming and loved the way she handled certain individuals! The background characters were all wonderfully quirky and adding that extra sparkle that makes Mansell the queen of this genre. Each brought so much energy and personality to the pages, making you intrigued by all the sub-plots, as well as Mimi’s story.

The story has so much to offer for the reader to enjoy, if you’re not blown away by the idyllic Cotswolds setting, there’s also sunny Puerto Pollensa in Mallorca which sees Mimi working for a famous thriller writer. For me, I enjoyed both settings, Jill’s style is always beautifully descriptive so you can play out the scenes in your head.

The unusual timeline makes this book standout for me and kept me on my toes, it offered a uniqueness to the plot which will make this a memorable story for me!

Maybe This Time is out now in hardback and eBook versions through Headline Publishing, with the paperback edition coming out in June.

Until next time, Chloé x

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