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To The Moon and Back Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"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! 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews
"Exquisitely told... Compelling. The book was irresistible." - Fresh Fiction
"A powerful and witty story about fresh starts... To the Moon and Back, to put it simply, is brilliant." - Rundpinne
"This is Jill Mansell at her best yet. She's like...Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Barnett, Eloisa James, and Diana Palmer all rolled into one." - Does it Really Matter?
"[Mansell] is in a genre of her own. Sweet and fun." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"A sweet romantic contemporary about love, loss, and second chances. Mansell's dry wit, comical romantic entanglements, and crazy characters are back in force..." - Smexy Books
"Absolutely, positively an outstanding story. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews
"The best author to read in this genre..." - A Buckeye Girl Reads
"I devoured the book in an afternoon... The characters become friends you care about. Funny, romantic, an utter delight!" - Under the Boardwalk
"A master storyteller who creates characters with unique personalities that captivate the reader's imagination and heart." - The Long and Short of It Reviews
"Outstanding! I loved it so much I read it twice, back-to-back, because I just couldn't get enough." - Drey's Library
"This is a book you could easily devour in one sitting. ...a story that will leave your heart warm and wanting to pass on to a friend." - Beck's Book Picks
"My favourite chick lit author... Mansell's writing is always entertaining, filled with lots of humour." - A Bookworm's World
"A joy to read and full of wonderful and quirky characters." - The Book Drunkard
"Mansell's got a wit about her unlike other authors...she's connected to her characters in a way that makes readers feel like they are hanging out with friends." - Savvy Verse & Wit
"The perfect example of "chick lit" with substance, a feel-good book that kept me turning the pages long into the night." - Diary of an Eccentric
About the Author
UK bestselling author Jill Mansell has written 21 funny, poignant, romantic women's novels and sold over 5 million books. She is considered the Queen of Chic Lit. Her smart, sassy style has irresistible appeal for women of all ages. A full-time writer, Ms Mansell lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.
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Now you may think that is sad and it is but Jill's novel is not; really it is a novel of hope and this novel is full of so many fantastic characters that it captivates you early on. Almost a year and a half later, Ellie realizes that she has to try to move on even if she really doesn't want to (the only thing she won't change are those little conversations she has with her dead hubby). Ellie has always been close with her father-in-law Tony even after her husband's death but she's been very reluctant to invite him to her home as it has turned into quite the dump. Tony ends up seeing the place though and promptly moves her into a upscale place in a good neighborhood on the pretense of using the place himself when he's in town. This is the turning point in Ellie's life - where the person she used to be begins to reawaken.
Ellie finds herself a new job with a guy named Zack who's only hope was to find a good assistant who wouldn't be after him. Well there could be no more perfect job for Ellie than that. The thing is that Zack had, weeks ago, seen Ellie on the street and uncharacteristically for him, seemed to have fallen for her on the spot. When she comes in for the interview he has no choice but to give her the job. He simply can't risk never seeing her again. For her part Ellie loves the job, loves Zack's dog Elmo, and just maybe as time goes on be developing a bit of a thing for her boss.
Along with the whole romantic thing going on and not going on with Ellie and Zack there is on the sidelines some other great characters. Roo, Ellie's friend is simply hilarious. At first she has some issues with always dating the wrong men but as times goes on she begins to see the error of her ways and it was great to see her develop in that way. My favorite character though would have to be Ellie. She was smart and sassy and broken but willing to see what life still had to offer her and go after it. Her heart may always belong to her first husband but she's willing to open it up again to love. It was fun to follow her through the whole journey she had to take to get to that point.
I think what I like most about Jill's books is how real they seem to life. The romance seems to flow in a normal and sweet way, the characters feel like your friends, and mostly you feel as though you could walk into the pages of the book and be a part of the story with ease. I became so invested in this story and the people that I didn't want it to end and, in fact, I kept putting it down towards the end just to draw it out some more. If you like chick-lit that is very well done and more importantly love British writing like I do, then I encourage you to pick up To The Moon and Back. It is a story of love, loss, and the hope that there is something better up ahead if you just go ahead and grab for it! Her books always leave me feeling good about life and we can always use a bit of that in our lives!
What would you do if the love of your life was tragically killed? Could you pick up the pieces and move on? Unfortunately, Ellie Kendall finds herself in that situation when her husband dies in a car accident. A year after his death, she realizes she needs to move out of their flat which had suddenly become rundown by low income tenants and find a new job with colleagues who won't look at her as though she's about to break at the drop of a hat.
With her move across town, Ellie finds a new friend in her new neighbor, Roo - who is true to form to all of Mansell's supporting characters. She's a former pop star diva, once mistress turned do-gooder to pay for her sins. Her new job? It's perfect. She lands a job as an assistant to Zach McLaren - a successful entrepreneur. Like all of Mansell's novels, there's twists and turns along the way and nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems to Ellie. As she heals and starts to move on with her life, she faces opportunities that force her to decide if she's really ready to jump back into the dating pool.
Whether it's your first or fifth Jill Mansell book, you won't be disappointed. It's perfect for a day by the pool or one of those early, chilly fall nights at home.