Thinking of You by Jill Mansell released on May 7 from Sourcebooks. I know I say this every time I read a book from Jill Mansell but I’m going to have to say it again – I love her books! Jill is my favorite British author and I always look forward to one of her books with great anticipation and I have never been disappointed. Thinking of You was fantastic and it’s one of my favorites so far. I thought the storyline was great and the characters were the kind who seemed to step out of the pages of the book right into your own life. You could see yourself being friends with them and kicking back with a glass of wine.
Ginny is dealing with the empty nest syndrome. She’s a single mom and her daughter Jem has gone off to university and Ginny misses her horribly but she knows that she has to let go and let Jem live her own life. With the house feeling really empty Ginny decides to rent out one of her rooms and hopefully end up with a good friend and someone she can do things with. Unfortunately what she ends up with is a woman who drones on about her ex-boyfriend incessantly and is more likely to drive Ginny crazy than keep her company. So what does Ginny do – well she gets herself a job as a waitress and not just at any restaurant. No Ginny picks the restaurant of the man who accused her of shoplifting just days earlier. This man, Finn, infuriates Ginny but boy is hard not to notice how gorgeous he is and how much her heart pitter patters around him. Between trying to keep track of Jem at school with a boyfriend Ginny wishes she didn’t have and her own life, which is fast becoming a big disaster, Ginny is finding herself busier than ever.
I think at its core this is a mother-daughter story that shows that life goes on when your kids flee the nest. It shows that although your child is gone there is still that connection that will never be gone no matter what the distance between you. Ginny was a great character and I liked her immediately. Jem though drove me crazy with her bad decisions but I had to keep in mind that she was young. There was a host of other characters that you either loved or hated but they added a lot to the story. One that was hilarious was Ginny’s ex-husband who really needed a sock shoved in his mouth most of the time but he really was funny.
One of the things that I love most about Jill Mansell’s books is the escape from real life that they offer me. I find that they are always an easy read with a good story that keeps me entertained for a few hours and who can ask for more. Also, you know you are invested in the characters and their lives when you are at turns laughing and then talking out loud to yourself when something happens in the book. I had to laugh at myself while listening to this book because when someone did something I didn’t like or thought was crazy I would start to chatter out loud. Not a great idea if you’re out in public!
I listened to the audiobook of Thinking of You which was narrated by Julia Barrie and she did a wonderful job. I absolutely adored her accent and the different tones she used for the characters. It was really well done! All in all, another winner from Jill Mansell for me! If you’re looking for some chick lit to read give one of Jill’s books a try – you won’t regret it!
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Buy at: Sourcebooks, Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N
Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley. Audiobook is my own personal copy. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
wall-to-wall books-wendy says
Oh yay! I like her as a writer. Her books are cute.
I just can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books yet. I keep reading how good and fun she is, and somehow I keep not reading her. And so often I do need something funny and light and escape-y!
I’ve read one or two of her books, and you are right, they are such easy fun reading. I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of her.
Sounds like a great read – and one I can relate to since my nest has been empty for a couple of years!
I love Mansell’s books too – her characters are flawed but so real. They always remind me of someone I know.
This sounds wonderful, Darlene! It’s great to have a go-to author who never lets you down.
Connie Fischer says
I’ve read so many Jill Mansell books and have loved each and every one of them. Isn’t it great to pick up a new novel by a favorite author and you know that it’s going to be a good read? Looking forward to reading “Thinking of You.” I’ve added it to my Wish List.
I am planning to read this one tomorrow as it’s a holiday
I love Jill’s books too. I’ve got this one on my stacks and hope to get to it soon.
Jill Mansell says
Yay, thank you SOOOOOO much for yet another gorgeous review – I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book! My daughter left for college three years ago and it took some getting used to, but now we’ve adapted. (And she types my books for me because I write them all by hand!)
Thanks also to the other people who have left lovely comments. You are all FAB!
This sounds cute, I am a fan of Jill Mansell and her British chick lit stories. Love the covers too.
Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says
My motto is, you can’t go wrong with Mansell. So glad you enjoyed this one, as I’ll be reading it soon. 🙂
Lily B says
I have not yet read anything by Jill Mansell, but her books are on my TBR list. They do look wonderful! I am glad they provide an escape from reality for you, good book can do that well 🙂 sounds like a fun and touching story. Wonderful review!
KATHLEEN BIANCHI says
Your review was enticing, I definately want to read Jill Mansell’s books now.
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I love her books too!! She hasn’t let me down yet and I don’t anticipate one ever being a dud!!! This was a fun story for me!