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Nadia Knows Best [Kindle Edition]

Jill Mansell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The bigger the mistake, the more tempting it is ...


When Nadia Kinsella meets Jay Tiernan, she's tempted. Of course
she is. Stranded together while a snowstorm rages outside ... who would
ever know?



But Nadia's already been together with Laurie for years—they're
practically childhood sweethearts. Okay, so maybe she doesn't get to
see much of him these days , but she can' t betray him.



Besides , when you belong to a family like the Kinsellas—glamorous
grandmother Miriam, feckless mother Leonie, stop—at—nothing sister
Clare—well, someone has to exercise a bit of self—control , don't they? I
mean , you wouldn' t want to do something that you might later regret...


Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell:


"Each and every facet of this wonderful story comes together to
offer readers a tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance,
and second chances. An unforgettable, entertaining novel!"—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


"Bestselling Brit Mansell delivers a romantic and lighthearted
story about a woman's struggle to overcome grief—and the quirky
people who help her along the way."—Publishers Weekly



Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

British favorite Mansell’s latest novel is ostensibly about a woman choosing between two men, but it’s the large, colorful cast of characters who add warmth and depth to this story. Landscape designer Nadia Kinsella meets Jay when she’s still involved with male model Laurie, her teenage sweetheart. But when Laurie leaves Nadia to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles, and Nadia ends up working for Jay, she’s hoping the timing will be right. Meanwhile, her impetuous artist sister, Clare, falls for a complete cad, who dumps her when she needs him most, while their father begins his first romance since their mother left him. Their glamorous grandmother Miriam confronts a long-buried secret, and their flighty mother, Leonie, pops back up in time to unsettle their youngest sister, Tilly. Mansell’s trademark wit and quirkiness is showcased in this fun chick-lit tale that has enough going on to keep readers entertained through the last page. --Aleksandra Walker

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"Mansell's trademark wit and quirkiness is showcased in this fun chick-lit tale that has enough going on to keep readers entertained through the last page." - Booklist

"Jill Mansell has always been a pleasure to read and once again does not disappoint. She has a great knack for making the story believable and a hoot to boot." - BookLoons.com

"The characters in this story are outstanding. 4.5/5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Reviews

"I heart Jill Mansell – her books are filled with warm and funny characters whose journey to love pulls you along in its stream of warm-fuzzies and giggles." - Drey's Library

"Jill Mansell novels are a quintessential must have for any chick lit lovers... Her stories sweep you in...and keep you amused and immersed in the (always) wacky worlds of her vibrantly colorful characters." - Bellas Novella

"A delightful read... Mansell does not disappoint." - Still Reading

"Delightfully quirky and memorable..." - Bellas Novella

"Light and breezy... written with a playful sense of humor." - Nights and Weekends

"Fun, flirty and entertaining." - Under the Boardwalk

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402265166
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MCWJ62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 'Chick Lit' June 12, 2004
Format:Paperback
I find nothing wrong with curling up on a hot summer's day in my garden with a delicious serving of good old British chick lit, and this book more than fills the bill.
It is not on the calibre of Marian Keyes or Jane Green, but "Nadia Knows Best" is a fun, frothy romp that kept me smiling from start to finish.
Our heroine, Nadia, is a landscape artist with a family that defies imagination...three sisters (including herself), a 72-year-old grandmother who still keeps the suitors flocking, a lovely dad who is looking for love--and a boyfriend who lets her down in a major way fairly early in the book.
Nadia tries to overcome her heartbreak over losing boyfriend Laurie while becoming increasingly and disturbingly interested in her new boss Jay, whom she has met previously under very compromising circumstances.
Sound interesting? It is--the plot is fun, fast, lovely and very readable. No major surprises, no life-changing revelations, nothing too taxing for the summertime brain. I say give it a chance. I found it absolutely charming and will definitely look for more by this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nadia is a slow learner. May 21, 2013
By Soluna4
Format:Paperback
This is a definite low-point in Jill Mansell's work. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her other books that I've read but this one just left me feeling blah.

It started with a lot of promise, a quirky family of interesting characters in addition to the typical heroine of chick-lit. But the main plot line, "will Nadia choose Jay or Laurie" dragged while all the other family shenanigans took place.

And there were shenanigans. The sister Claire was just plain mean and her possibly redeeming moment fell flat. The strong glamorous grandmother was suddenly revealed to be cowardly, impetuous, and wishy-washy. I enjoyed the younger sister, and the budding relationship between James and Annie, but they did not make up for the other relationship weaknesses.

In addition to the problematic characters there were parts of the plot that went nowhere, like Laurie's possible infidelity with Suzie, merely confused things rather than adding any true depth to the story.

I've loved Mansell's other books so much I hate to give this one such a low rating, but it just did not live up to expectations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Summer Read August 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Another perfect summer read! Jill Mansell mixes family shenanigans, tough issues, difficult exes and a lovely romance to get Nadia Knows Best. Perfect pacing keeps the reader engaged throughout and a wonderful mix of both lovely and irritating characters abound. This was my first Mansell and she didn't disappoint! Witty banter, family squabbles and of course an exploration of what love really is (from the 20-something Nadia and her grandmother Miriam) made this another great chick lit read.

NOTE: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nadia really doesn't know best May 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
I need a new shelf - a "should not have finished" one.
This was bad. I think there were so many characters with their own situations going on that the author couldn't do anyone justice. She had several self-absorbed, loathsome characters (Mom Leonie, Sister Clare, Boyfriend Piers, shall I go on???) who just really had no reason to be taking up space.
This was my first book by this author, and also my last. When a typical book like this usually takes me 1.5 days to read, and this one took 4, I really should have called it quits when I said "what? only 23% done?"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Kindle the rest of Jill Mansell! May 9, 2012
By J Nymph
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read all but one of her titles available on Kindle. This might just be my favorite. All members of the blended family has their own intertwined story. The characters are well developed and delightfully flawed. Once again Mansell's sense of humor shines through all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nadia knows nothing - major spoiler alert July 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
There were so many ways that story could have gone, but Jill Mansell decided to go with the silliest of plots.

The book started out with so much potential. I was immediately gripped and could not put the book down - that was until Laurie came back into the picture. Everything went downhill from there. To say the book is predictable would be an understatement, but the twists and turns that Mansell decided to take where, to be quite honest, absolutely ridiculous. I feel like she must have written this book in such a hurry because so many things were simply discarded, leaving us (the readers) confused and frustrated at the same time.

She could have made it super-romantic, and instead it left me with a 'meh' feeling.

To sum this up, Nadia is with Laurie, her hot boyfriend/model. Nadia meets Jay, and is instantly attracted to him, but makes no moves because she's in love with Laurie. Laurie dumps Nadia. Nadia finally has a shot with Jay. But then just as things are about to get serious with Jay and Nadia, Laurie comes back and asks for her forgiveness. Nadia is confused and does not know who to pick. Sigh.

I hated Nadia's sister Clare. She was horrible. She's mean, and spoiled and made people's lives miserable. She's rude and obnoxious and a horrible judge of character. And when I thought Mansell was going to set her up for a proper redeeming moment, she ended up leaving us underwhelmed. Clare finds out she's pregnant, and then has a miscarriage, and THEN moves on way too quickly for my liking.

Laurie sleeps with Suzy WHILE trying to win Nadia back, and for some reason Mansell decided to not do ANYTHING with that specific event and Nadia never finds out about it. So um, what's the point of adding that in the story?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Loved Nadia in this book. Wasn't ready for the story to end. Jill Mansell is an awesome author and a true romantic!
Published 2 months ago by kimberley Vines
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Totally enjoyed this book as I have the other Jill Mansell books I've read. Loved all the characters and the interweaving story lines.
Published 2 months ago by A Mom from Pittsburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Family
Nadia and her family will make you smile. You will find yourself cheering for the characters in this light fun book. When you finish you will want the story to continue.
Published 2 months ago by Jean M. Checket
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
I devour Jill Mansell's novels. They are always a fun read and keep me entertained from cover to cover. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bethszoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This is my first book by Jill Mansell. This book was very good. I have now started reading another of her books. They are very well written and enjoyable. Hope you enjoy as I did!!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Jill Mansell books
I really liked the main character Nadia, she is written as witty and down to earth. The supporting characters are also well written and there is good chemistry between Nadia and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from a fairly newly discovered favorite author
A great book that starts out with a woman stuck in the midst of a snowstorm, but the drama of the storyline really happens after she returns home and you meet some of the members... Read more
Published 4 months ago by TBreakiron
4.0 out of 5 stars Nadia Knows Best
This author reminds me of the way Maeve Benchy wrote and I loved her books.
I hope this author continues the same way.
Published 4 months ago by Ann M
5.0 out of 5 stars great author
I get her books when I can catch them on sale. Have never been disappointed. Her characters are fun and the book moves quickly
Published 5 months ago by Nancy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
First let me say, I love every other Jill Mansell book I have ever read. That said, I am a bit disappointed with this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RobinMor
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