Take a Chance on Me
Author: Jill Mansell
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark; Oct. 2010
Genre: Chick-lit; Brit chick-lit
Source: Personal Copy
Synopsis: Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he'd never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo's sister Abbie has a problem of her own-husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she's determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage?
The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places...
My Take: I love Jill Mansell! Have I told you that lately? I know, it's been about six months since I've read one of her books. Why has it been so long? I don't know, we didn't have a fight or anything! I just moved onto other books and there she sat on my shelves and then, bam, I picked her up again and discovered I loved her just as much, if not more, than I ever did! Her books are like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winters day or chatting with that good friend that always understands you. They are just too fun! You know how they are going to go, they are each slightly different, all of the characters are lovable and you always want to live in the charming little British towns they are set in!
Here we have adorable little Channings Hill which is near Bristol in England. Cleo is the star of this novel and she is adorable and totally lovable, yet her love life is a mess. Although when the book starts you actually think she has got it together because she says she has found the love of her life, Will. And Will does seem to be pretty charming but alas, not all is as it seems and it all falls apart pretty quickly.
There are other problems afoot in the sweet village too. There is Johnny LaVenture, the rogue millionaire artist who ruined Cleo's childhood who is now back in town. Can we take a moment to discuss the name Johnny LaVenture? Why hasn't a movie star stolen that name yet? Seriously! This guy sounds hot but what he did to Cleo scarred her for life so he is trouble with a capital T!
Oh and poor Abbie, Cleo's sister. She is supposed to have her life together, being the older sister and all with her lovely husband Tom, but things have kind of started to fall apart for her too. This was actually the most heart breaking and true to real-life part of the story so I don't want to say to much about it. I think a lot of people will actually find Abbie's story pretty touching so really worth reading.
When you add all of these parts up though, what you have is a fabulous, fun and charming read that you can blast through or savor depending on your mood! Whether she is a favorite chick-lit author or one you've been meaning to try, be sure to give this book a read!
Cover Lust: I seriously love these designs! I know they are girly but they make me smile!