If only Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that went viral…
THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING is the feel-good new novel from Jill Mansell, the bestselling author of MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. Not to be missed by fans of Katie Fforde and Lucy Diamond.
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…
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I started this on a Friday evening and finished it that Friday evening. As I have been in a bit of a book/reading slump it was a nice surprise to be able to just immerse myself in a book again!
The story starts off with a series of unfortunate events which leads to Essie having an email which should of been purely venting sent out to everyone. This, of course, includes the people she was venting about. Essie soon finds herself single, homeless and without work, leading her to start again on a whole new adventure.
What first really sucked me into the story wasn’t Essie or her situation, however, it was Zillah Walsh, the eighty-year-old ‘matriarch’ of the story who is not only stylish and rich but kind and willing to help others less fortunate. I felt she is really who made the story and though technically not the main character, there is no way you would be able to tell the story without her.
What I liked about the way the story was told was that it was fast paced, there were a few characters to get your head around but it was easily followed. I didn’t find myself looking back to try and find out who was who, it all just sort of flowed. I also liked that I was never really able to guess what was going to happen, I really did feel like I was following along with the characters on their journey.
I think one of the main reasons when I finished the book it felt so satisfying though was that every character is put to rest as such. There is no loose ends, no second-guessing or wondering what might have been, everyone’s story arc is nicely closed up and while of course there is always future possibilities it did just feel finished.
A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes