Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell

Synopsis: Mimi isn’t looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie – although she can’t help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal’s in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.

When they meet again four years later, it’s still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi’s busy fixing other people’s relationships.

It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: I have been reading Jill Mansell for many years and am rarely dissapointed, this latest book being no exception. Mimi is the star of the show and in the opening few chapters her home situation changes drastically. She promptly leaves London and makes her way to Goosebrook in the Cotswolds where her Dad Lives. With no clue what path her life will take she almost seems to be starting afresh. She ends up moving in with her Dad and his partner Marcus. Mimi is instantly likeable as is her Dad and Marcus. Goosebrook is described perfectly by Jill Mansell and it seemed like a beautiful and very friendly village to live in.

What surprised me was that the timeline in this book is not what you expect and threw me as it’s done over a number of years which means it doesn’t have the ‘traditional’ feel of a timeline from this sort of genre (if that makes sense). No rushing involved and all the characters evolve over time. Mimi soon makes friends in the village and the host of characters that appear are varied and I loved absolutely all of them. Cal is a neighbour who is married with a daughter Cora, then there is Paddy, Lois and Felix and Felix mother Henrietta! The list goes on and before long I was invested with all the characters in the village.

We see Mimi’s life evolve and progress over the years and various friendships and relationships emerge. One of my favourite characters from the book was a character named CJ and I though this element of the story was absolutely brilliant. I found myself surprised at a book that was written with it’s usual skill and depth but that felt so original and fresh. I can genuinely say I think this is one of the best books that Jill Mansell has written in a long time (and to be fair most of her books are 5 star anyway) but this had a really unique feel to it. I absolutely loved this and would highly recommend it

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