Title: This Could Change Everything
Author: Jill Mansell
Target Audience: Women to like Chick Lits
I actually like Jill Mansell and have read some of her work previously and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I saw that she had released a new book I thought “why not? I’ve not read a new book from her in a while.” So here we are.
On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…
And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with… – Goodreads.com synopsis
Now, this is the Jill Mansell I remember. A very unfortunate incident turns out for the better.
I adore Essie’s quirky Landlady Zillah. I want to be an 83-year-old woman like her. Unfortunate for me I didn’t marry a millionaire who died in a car accident but still she’s like the fun crazy aunt and she’s amazing.
Essie seems like a lovely girl with a heart of gold and lets face it who doesn’t have their little secrets about how they feel about some people. Just not every day those not so nice thoughts end up going viral on the internet. She seems to have been better than me if I was put in that situation. I’m sure I’d have been mortified and then instead of looking for a job straight away, I’d have wallowed in self-pity.
If there was something I didn’t like about the book it was the flitting between characters during chapters and not having any knowledge about it until you read a little further. Not that there is anything wrong with an author doing this is just something I have never liked in TV shows. You know like when there is a flashback and it’s not completely obvious. Like Lost.
In the middle, it felt a little meh because it changed that often. one minute it was Essie, then Zillah, then Lucas, then back to Essie then on to Connor. Even announcing the character under the chapter number would have been helpful for me.
I am kinda glad that Lucas’ girlfriend Essie ran away. She seemed a little too perfect for my liking and reminded me of some of the girls I went to school with who I didn’t really bother with because I stood out like a sore thumb if I was anywhere near them. Not that it bothered me I’d much rather be myself.
I really like it when Lucas and Essie got into his car to find Giselle because it gave them what the needed to bond. Screw Paul at this point. I didn’t like him after the first couple of chapters and he’s way too fussy not to mention boring. Calling Essie 11 times and sending her three messages in such a short space of time. I’m sorry Paul but do you not know that if someone is busy they will ignore their phone. If I’m driving I will ignore the phone and will call you back when I’m free or in a safe place to pull over and take the call.
After finishing this book I could have probably told you how the ending would have played out after chapter 5 maybe 6. It is quite a typical chick lit where it’s happy endings all round for the main characters. Sorry if it spoils it but there are still bits in it I wouldn’t have guessed but that’s what a book it supposed to be. If everything was predictable then why would it have gone to publishing right?
Overall all I’m going to give this book ⭐⭐⭐
It wasn’t terrible but it’s not her best work if I’m being completely honest.
Have you read anything by Jill Mansell? Or have you read a book where you knew what was going to happen right off the bat?