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Walk in the Park [Kindle Edition]

Jill Mansell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No one could have planned for this...

Lara Carson left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Does it mean anything that she's suddenly reappeared in Bath just in time for her ex–best friend Evie's wedding? And what about Flynn? Even the most eagle–eyed observer can't tell whether he's happy to see her, or just stunned.

While secrets pile up on secrets, and the gossip mill wings into high gear, the brand–new life Lara's searching for becomes ever more elusive. There's a lot of catching up for everyone to do, and Lara's return is going to be anything but a walk in the park.

Praise for To the Moon and Back:

"A tremendous look at friendship, hope, romance, and second chances."—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"A romantic and lighthearted will eat this story up."—Publishers Weekly

"Mansell crafts a lovely story with multiple plotlines, characters, and love interests."—USA Today

"Absolutely, positively and outstanding story."—Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick, 5 stars

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In popular British comedic author Mansell’s latest, Lara Carson, who was forced out of her home at 16, has now returned to Bath after her father’s death. No one knew she was pregnant when she left, and now she and her teenage daughter, Gigi, take up residence in Lara’s childhood home. She picks right up where she left off with her best friend, Evie, who moves in with them after she breaks up with her philandering fiancé. Then there’s Lara’s first love, Flynn, Gigi’s unsuspecting father. What follows is a fun, lighthearted story about making a family of friends. Though Lara and Flynn’s rekindled romance is inevitable, it’s the sometimes bizarre departures Mansell concocts that make the story interesting. Take a side plot, for example, about the group’s unlikely friendship with a famous American rapper filming a reality show in Britain. Mansell excels at the ensemble romantic comedy, and her quirky but endearing characters shine once again. --Aleksandra Walker


"Mansell charmingly mixes her trademark British chick lit style with a web of poignant love stories... Mansell deftly weaves a sweet and pleasant story. " - Publishers Weekly

"Mansell excels at the ensemble romantic comedy, and her quirky but endearing characters shine once again." - Booklist

"Filled with twists and turns along the way and really kept your attention!" - Miss Book Lovers

"Held me captivated and longing to find the time to read more. I think a big part of its appeal for me was the wonderful characters that Ms. Mansell created. " - Long and Short Reviews

"A great read with colorful characters and life lessons that everyone can learn from. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"What a fabulous read... laugh out loud moments, heartwarming and sweet. " - Wendy's Minding Spot

"Humour is mixed in with real life problems as this realistic story unfolds... " - Amberkatze's Book Blog

"Jill Mansell tops my list of British writers. I love her writing style and how her characters and stories are always so much fun. " - Peeking Between the Pages

"Mansell writes about real people, who make mistakes, and who fall in love... A feel good book. " - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

Product Details

  • File Size: 1422 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill Mansell you are a LEGEND! February 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another year has passed since I read one of Jill's books and I was so looking forward to her new one. I got mine in the post and realised that it was in usual Mansell style a reasonable sized book with over 400 pages and a gorgeous cover inviting me to start reading! Within the first four chapters I realised that my plans for the evening were finished. There would be no cooking or cleaning done, all that would happen is that traipse back and forth to the kettle whilst still reading the book.

Lara Carson starts the story off with a bang. She left her town at 16 and following events that unfolded has now decided to move back and start over. At the same time, her old friend Evie is getting ready to marry her man Jamie. However, within the first quarter of the book, both women are up to their eyes in drama.

It is quite hard to review a book without giving away a lot of the story but all I will say about the storyline is that it certainly won't disappoint. It had a lot going on and kept me on tenterhooks all the way through. As for the characters, this is what Jill Mansell does best. Lara and Evie were lovely women and you warm to both of them right away. In addition to them there is an eclectic and interesting bunch of people that all feature heavily in the story.

Gigi was an adorable character and actually reminded me of somebody I know. We meet Lara's aunt Nettie, Don who owns jewellery shop in Bath and superstar rapper Enjay Seven. Like I said before the storyline I can't mention but what I can say is that the scenes between Enjay and Harry had me laughing out loud. My favourite character (and a pretty central one too) was Flynn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have read Take a Chance on Me, Rumour Has It, An Offer you Can't Refuse, Millie's Fling, Miranda's Big Mistake, Nadia Knows Best, Perfect Timing and Staying at Daisy's and absolutely loved them. However, as I was reading the book it felt different, like not her style. I actually went back on my ebook to make sure it was the author I thought it was and I actually did that because it seemed to be written in a different style. Anyway I like her writing. It was very predictable and a very light read but nice. Usually her books are witty and more funny and just different and I read them so quick but this was I just took my time. I did read it to the end so it was not boring. I definitely will continue my quest to read all of her books because I love them but this one was just different in my opinion. For more books I like see my other Amazon reviews and my pinterest page under contemporary romance (red heart) and under w d.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Walk in the Park March 25, 2012
By Nola
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like the book to relax with and as an escape. It is not too gushy like many romantic novels. I especially enjoy the little elements of suspense and the way in which Mansell reveals important story lines, like the information about James.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful slice of British life March 4, 2013
Don't read this book if you're only interested in great literature. Don't read it if you only like non-fiction. However, if you enjoy a wonderful escape to England, understated writing, busy plots with three-dimensional people and loads of warmth then this is the book for you. It's totally absorbing and just a delight. While I loved the main characters, my favorite was the heroine's daughter Gigi. More mature than almost any other nineteen year-old, insightful, rebellious and impulsive - and altogether delightful. She's the rare teen-ager who isn't bratty. Just great....and not easy to put down, as I finished it in one day.

Mansell's style is similar to Katie Fforde's so if you like Fforde, you'll definitely like Mansell. I've read all of Mansell's other books and this one may be my favorite. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Mansell March 16, 2013
Lara Carson left her hometown of Bath eighteen years ago without really telling a soul where she was off to. She ended up living with her Aunt Nettie in Keswick.
Now that Lara is back in town to attend her fathers funeral, she runs into her old bestie Evie and ends up being invited to her wedding. Lara also runs into her old boyfriend Flynn. Flynn is shocked to see her and still very much intrigued by her. Now that he's finally come in contact with her again, Flynn is determined to stay in touch and get some answers.

Without giving too much away, Lara has some explaining to do as to where she has been all this time and what she's been up to. In the midst of all these reunions, there's heartbreak, long kept secrets are being revealed, new and old romances are blooming, American rappers are in the mix and reality programs are being filmed.
Lara has also inherited a house from her deceased father, her old home in Bath, and she decides to move back there permanently.

A Walk in the Park started off with a bang. I whizzed right through the first hundred pages or so but then the story began to get bogged down with too many different storylines and too many different characters. I don't know, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one.

The book did pick up again towards the end, but I felt like overall, at 448 pages, it was just too lengthy. I think Jill Mansell has a knack for writing fun and quirky characters that you kind of wish you knew in real life. While I enjoyed reading about most of these people, I just wish the story wasn't so long and that it had all been wrapped up sooner.

Sometimes Lara would annoy me, but other times she'd make me laugh out loud. There's a twist as she discovers a long held secret that made me gasp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
For me this book had a bit of a slow start, but after I got into the story it was wonderful, romantic and unexpected.
Published 4 days ago by Jennie C
1.0 out of 5 stars Snooze
I felt this book was very boring, there were so many story lines going on. When they finally started to come together it was too late in my opinion.
Published 20 days ago by horselover374
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read!
Chick lit done right. No detailed sex scenes. Very little cursing. (Hallelujah as the previous Mansell I read had a bunch and seriously made me angry). Read more
Published 2 months ago by sapphire
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read.
This is the first novel I have read by Jill Mansell, and I really enjoyed it.
She has a great sense of humor and I am now reading more of them.
Published 2 months ago by Kiwiexpat
4.0 out of 5 stars Light fun read
A delightful, light and fun story. Characters are wonderful developed. A perfect beach read. Right up there with her other stories.
Published 2 months ago by caco
2.0 out of 5 stars there were too many plot lines - it's like the author tried to cram in...
I don't know why I finished this book - it was too long, too predictable, the characters were stereotypical, there were too many plot lines - it's like the author tried to cram in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brenda4Lace
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk in the Park
The book is a great read, not boring, not trite, nor is it your typical romance. There is a romance, an atypical family, acceptance of all relationships, but not soppy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fredda Briscoe Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
I seriously could not put this book down!!! I love that has a ton of characters and several love stories in it!
Published 3 months ago by Carrie Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If I could I would give it 10 stars!!
Published 3 months ago by Ethel Delerme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm always thoroughly entertained by JM's books, from start to finish.
Published 6 months ago by Paul
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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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