Title: Take a Chance on Me
Author: Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Paperback: 432 pages
From the Publisher:
Even in a small town the drama is larger than life…
Cleo Quinn doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting her as if he’d never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo’s sister Abbie has a problem of her own—husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she’s determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage?
The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places…
Each time I settle in with a book by Jill Mansell I know I am in for a delightful evening of reading and Take a Chance on Me proved to be just as brilliant as Mansell’s previous books. Take a Chance on Me takes place in the village of Channings Hill where we are introduced to Cleo and Abbie, sisters with a 15-year age difference, and very different lifestyles. Cleo, the younger sister, still not escaped from the torment she received in High School yet perfectly lovely in every way except with men, has dreadfully poor judgment. Abbie is 15 years Cleo’s senior, has been happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Tom, for the past 22 years, or so it seemed. Mansell rounds out her main cast of characters with Will Newman, the man Cleo just knows is “Mr. Right”, so how could she be so blind? Also in the cast are Johnny LaVenture, Cleo’s main tormentor in school to whom she is strangely drawn, Des Abbie’s wonderful friend, confidant and boss, and last but not least, Ash, who has all the women swooning at the sound of his voice. Unfortunately he does not quite have the looks to match. Mansell brings this cast of characters together with their joys, sorrow, foibles, and misperceptions creating flawed, realistic characters that the reader can identify with and quite easily connect. Mansell uses her trademark wit in once again creating a successful comedic romance in a delightful setting. Take a Chance on Me is a book not to be missed and is certain to liven anyone’s mood. I strongly recommend Take a Chance on Me to any reader.
I received a complimentary copy of Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.