Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Review: To the Moon and Back - Jill Mansell

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Pages: 448
Date Published: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: For review

Hiding from her past, Ellie is looking for a fresh start. But then an old friend tracks her down, forcing her to face what she has been trying so hard to escape. Meanwhile her boss Zack seems to have it all, everything except the woman he loves.

My thoughts:
I know what I get when I read a book by Jill Mansell and I do like that. Since this one takes place in London the same quaint English village feeling is not there, instead we have the lovely city to watch and everything else that is there.

Ellie is happy and in love, but then her husband dies and everything changes. The book sure starts with a heartbreaking beginning. The book continues 15 months later and she is dealing with the loss and she still talks to him. She is afraid to let go and move on. But everything is about to change when her father in law shows up, sets her up in his house, and she gets a new job.

I did like Ellie, she felt real and I wished she would be happy and fall in love again. Her father in law Tony was great too, a really sweet man who also gets a love story in this book. Then we have Todd, who was in the car with Jamie when he died. Ellie still blames him, but like with all Mansell books Todd will find happiness too. Then we have Ellie’s new friend Roo who was a breath of fresh air, and she is dealing with her own relationship trouble. And at last, Ellie’s new hot boss Zack who has fancied her ever since he saw her at a restaurant and he could not forget her.

As always there is a great cast of characters and Mansell does not leave you disappointed. There are HEAs everywhere to be found. It will take a while for all to find them, but they will. And that is why her books are so great because people find happiness, but I also like that before that happiness comes along they meet the wrong people, make the wrong decisions and slowly let the love they do find grow. It takes time to fall in love.

I never know where to place these books. I would not see them as chic-lit as they are something more,  they are not contemporary romance since, well, I do not know. I always feel that she is in a genre of her own.

If you like her books then you will enjoy this book too.  If you are a newbie to her books then give it a go. It has a bit of everything, romance, heartache and it is just sweet.

Sweet and fun



  1. I haven't ever read Jill Mansell though I have 2 of her books! I am going to have to correct that this year :)

  2. Hooray, thanks a million, what a lovely review! And Felicia, please do give one of my books a go!
    Jill Mansell xx

  3. Adorable cover. This sounds rather bittersweet and cute -- I'll keep this on my TBR when I need something fluffy and engrossing.

  4. Sounds sweet. I'll keep an eye out for it. Great review!

  5. I have yet to read any Jill Mansell, though I have heard a great deal of praise for her. I'm so happy to hear about the HEAs after all the heartbreak and loss.

  6. I do enjoy Mansell's work - I think her characters are so much fun!

  7. A book full of HEA's? Sign me up:) I haven't read anything by her either, so I need to go and look up her books!

  8. I used to read Jill Mansell in Dutch, and my sister still collects them. Don't know why I don't read them in English, I used to really enjoy them. I promise to pick one up soon.

  9. Chris
    it sure is :)

    I hope you do, since you already got two ;)

    I think the book would be perfect for just that

    I hope you get the chance to read one :)

  10. Jill
    I am glad you enjoyed the review :D

  11. Cuuuute cover! But then, I think all of her covers are pretty cute ;o)

    Okay, it's officially time to move up Jill Mansell in my To Read list :o)

  12. i haven't read anything by her, i'd like to though.

  13. Can you believe that I haven't read a book written by Jill Mansell? I really haven't. I always see these books at the chicklit shelves and chicklit is not my favourite genre. But I love the covers these books have. ;) Great review. I may expand my horizon with chicklit novels. ;)

  14. I enjoyed this one too, it was my first Mansell book.

  15. Fab review hun. I don't think I have ever read a Jill Mansell book but I did meet her earlier in the year at the Headline event and she was lovely.

  16. I still haven't read anything by Jill Mansell. I really need to, everyone seems to love her.

  17. Anybody remembers that song by Savage Garden "To the Moon and Back"? Nice...unfortunately not for me. I am a freak, I know. So many pink I would love to smear it with a nice black ink.

  18. I have yet to read Jill Mansell, but I have two of her books on my TBR list. I have a paperback and an ebook. I'll definitely have to pick one of them up soon! I keep hearing great things about her.

  19. I have one of her books on my tbr. I enjoy an author that seems to be in her own genre. Looks like I need to pick up the book that I have. It may even be this one. I need to check. LOL

  20. Missie
    It was lovely cos yes the beginning was just so sad :( I would find it so hard to move on.

    Then you are gonna like this one too!

    It took me a while to read her but when I finally did I so enjoyed her books, and she has written many more ;)

    If you used to enjoy them then you really should read them again, in Dutch even :=)

    They sure are :D She is lucky.
    I think the time has indeed come. Mansell reading time.

    I am sure you would enjoy her books

  21. Oh I love her books and they always make me happy! I need to add this one to my list now!

  22. Nina
    Lol, no worries ;) Neither had I a few years back.
    Also they are so much more than chick-lit since they are quite serious too so do give them a go

    I am glad to hear that :D

    I am so jealous now! I love that you get to meet cool authors

    I do think you would enjoy her books

    I do :D I liked that song *singing it my head*
    Lol, you know it is quite serious too behind that pinkness

    I hope you enjoy those two books you got. She is funny, they are wonderful and just nice

  23. Melissa
    She does have a lot of books to choose from. I have read 4 :) And they are all just so lovely in their own ways so I could not help you to choose

    Same feeling here :D They do cheer you right up

  24. I like comforting books like Jill Mansell - there's something relaxing about knowing what you're going to get! :)

  25. I always enjoy Mansell's books and look forward to reading this one this month!

  26. Hey honey! I hope all is well with you and bf?!?! How have you been??

    I do love the cover! And I have not read any of Ms. Jill's work.. but you have made me intrigued!
    Have a great night!

  27. It must be satisfying to find an author who never lets you down and delivers what you expect every time.

  28. I think I can do sweet...it's worth a go, right? It sounds fun! Great review :)

  29. @Lol, you know it is quite serious too behind that pinkness

    IF HEAs happen right left and centre it can't be that serious...

  30. I love Jill Mansell so I can't wait to read this one!

  31. I'm glad this was another good Mansell book. She's fastly becoming a go to author for me. I have this one to read soon.

  32. Lovely review, I have hope for the Mansell novel I own now since you enjoy her books :) I've never read any of Jill Mansell's novels but I own one of them. The title has the word man in it, that is all I remember.

  33. Same here. I pretty much know what I'll get when reading a book by Jill Mansell--not that I'm complaining.

  34. I have a couple of her books on my Nook. I really need to get to them.

  35. Mel
    I know :D I do like that feeling and I am still surprised too about certain events.

    I hope you enjoy it too!

    All is well, we just had our 3 year anniversary last night :) How the years go by.

    The books are really sweet and like Mel above said, comforting.

    Hope you are doing good!

    I know, cos that is hard, even if I like one book by an author the next one can be meh, but Mansell is just always good so far

    Lol, you can totally do sweet

  36. Ana
    Oh you meanie ;) Do you want the poor woman to be miserable and not find love again? *sad sad sad puppy eyes*

    I hope you like it too!

    And it is so lovely to know that she has a big backlist so there is always something to read

    Hm, man...oh, ok must google. I mean I have only read 3 so I am not an expert ;)

    It is just a familiar lovely feeling., I need that too

    I hope you enjoy them :)

  37. I've only read one book by this author so far and I enjoyed it. I think I would enjoy this one too. Thanks for the review!

  38. I've been wanting to read this author! I've heard only good things.

  39. Book Vixen
    If so then I am sure you would like this one too :)

    I hope you try her books some day



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