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Nadia Knows Best [Kindle Edition]

Jill Mansell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 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


"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." -

"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: 1360 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 'Chick Lit' June 12, 2004
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 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nadia is a slow learner. May 21, 2013
By Soluna4
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
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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill does her best - again! May 9, 2012
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I just love Jill Mansell and like the other reviewer - I have read every paperback and now Kindle download I can get my hands on. The way her plot intertwines and keeps you wanting to read more.. even when you shouldn't! (working, etc) Nadia Knows Best is a new favorite of mine and know I will read it again soon. At least until her next book comes out! Cheers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for Cocktails and Books August 30, 2012
First off, I enjoyed this book immensely. This story is about more than Nadia and her romantic issues, it's about her whole family and told from the varying viewpoints of her and her two sisters Claire and Tilly. Each character is distinct and the author does an amazing job of describing each sisters' perspective and story. Tilly is thirteen and desperately trying to find her place in the family and the world at large. Claire is the middle daughter, a beautiful artist, whose attention seeking behavior is spiraling out of control. Nadia is the oldest sister and the main character in this family story.

As the story opens Nadia becomes stranded at a small inn overnight during a snowstorm. During this adventure she meets mysterious Jay, but Nadia already has a boyfriend so the attraction she feels for Jay can go nowhere. Nadia's boyfriend quickly dumps her and Jay re-enters her life but he's not the same happy, flirty person she met during the snowstorm. As the book progresses the reader, along with Nadia, has to figure out whether Jay is insincere or not. Add to that the lost boyfriend returning, a romance for Nadia's dad, a grandmother with long buried secrets and two sisters who are facing their own challenges and Nadia Knows Best is a pretty packed story.

This a great weekend read, it's not too heavy and the characters are really engaging. At times I was frustrated with the pace because I wanted Nadia to make a decision but enjoyed reading her journey. I enjoyed the budding friendship between her and Jay and the complexity of feelings she had for the wayward Laurie. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters, except Claire, her self-centered actions and lack of consideration for anyone but herself was grating and one-dimensional. Overall, this was a satisfying read.

Reviewed for Cocktails and Books by Karon. Review copy provided by Publisher.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
"Nadia Knows Best" was not near as good as "Don't Want to Miss a Thing." I was disappointed.
Published 20 days ago by Sharron Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good chick-lit read
Nadia meets Jay Tiernan in a snowstorm. They both take refuge in a small pub where they end up spending the night with other stranded travelers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JerseyGirl
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I really don't have too much of a review to since the books were gift from my mother
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Published 4 months ago by Pamela K. Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book, really enjoyed it, couldnt put it down
Published 7 months ago by MRS D.
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I wasn't expecting some high brow read, just an easy chick lit holiday book, and this certainly filled the brief. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Qwerty1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this author... her books are just fun and I can't get enough of them!
Published 8 months ago by meljune2001
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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago by Bethszoo
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Jill Mansell and I live in Bristol in the UK with my family. I worked for many years in a neurological hospital but for the last two decades have been a full time novelist of happy, sad, funny, feel-good fiction. Sales of my books around the world now total nine million and I've only just realised as I'm typing this now that over the years I must have made an awful lot of people laugh and cry. Sorry!

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