You and Me, Always – Jill Mansell

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5 - "Boyfriends come and go, but friends are forever." Stars!

Another absolutely outstanding read from Jill Mansell. I think the one thing that always encourages me to read a book by this author is that no matter how things turn out for the characters, I am always left with a smile on my face by the end of the book.

You And Me, Always features a diverse and colorful cast of characters, mainly living in and around Stanton Langley, a small village in the English countryside. You are given an insight into their day to day lives and a little look into a few of their pasts to give you the basis as to how their previous experiences have shaped them.

Funny how fate worked, sometimes.

I suppose you could say the book is mainly based around Lily, and the letter she receives on her 25th Birthday. The contents enclosed, start a chain of events that in a sense cause a 'ripple effect' having far reaching consequences on her friends and acquaintances as the book progresses.

Patsy; and her desperation to find a man and start a family.
Dan; the ladies' man, and the case of unrequited love he has been nursing for years.
Coral; still grieving for the unexpected loss of her husband, but looking to start living again.

These are just the tip of the iceberg character wise, but I love the way that every character Jill introduces has a big impact in the overall progression of the book as the story progresses. As you would expect with such a plethora of characters a lot happens, most of which I don't really want to talk about, to avoid giving away spoilers.

"I didn't plan for it to happen quite like this, but I'm saying it now
I'd still love you.
I just would.
Because I already do."

You And Me Always reminded me of a Richard Curtis film, and if you are a fan of those then I think you will absolutely adore this book.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.

Category: Romance

On the morning of Lily’s 25th birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
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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….