Title: You and Me, Always
Author: Jill Mansell
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…
Source: ARC from Headline Review via Amazon Vine
It’s been a few years since I last read a Jill Mansell book, but reading this one felt like meeting up with an old friend. It’s easy and enjoyable, comfortable and cosy, with warm, funny characters, interesting relationships and a slow-burning romance that plays merrily along in a will-they-won’t-they style. All of which are hallmarks of Mansell’s style, and this is a fine addition to her work. Yes, I knew where it was going all along, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy going along for the ride.
Lily has led something of a charmed life. Despite losing her mother to cancer at a young age, she’s pretty much been raised by the entire village of Stanton Langley and is loved by all. She’s a nice, generous young woman, but then it’s easy to be when life is kind. I did like Lily for the most part, but I also wanted to shake her a time or two to jolt her out of her comfortable world, particularly to acknowledge that some people make mistakes, but that doesn’t make them bad people.
However, this book isn’t just about Lily, it’s also about Lily’s adopted mother, Coral, and ex-babysitter turned dear friend, Patsy. Both of whom life hasn’t treated too well in recent years. Coral has lost her beloved husband, while poor Patsy is eternally unlucky in love. They’re wonderful characters, offering real friendship to Lily, and it was lovely getting to know them all. Poor Patsy’s dating disasters provide plenty of laughs, and I really felt for her when her secret came out.
Sweet and warm, this was a lovely read, perfect for if you want to escape to somewhere friendly and fun, where even when bad things happen good friends and family are always on hand to support people. It’s light and lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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