Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell

Tilly came home one day to find that her live-in boyfriend had up and left.  On a weekend visit to see her best friend Erin, and try to collect herself, Tilly sees an advertisement in a local paper for a "Girl Friday" job and decided to investigate.

Tilly lands the job, and moves in with the new family; a gay man (Max) and his teen aged daughter.  Moving from London to a small town is a bit of a shock, and it doesn't help that Max is best friends with Jack Lucas, the best looking man in town with the worst reputation.  Tilly can't help but be attracted to Jack, and the more time she spends with him the less the rumors about him make sense.

Meanwhile Tilly's best friend Erin has finally found the love of her life, too bad he's the soon-to-be ex-husband of the town shrew who won't leave Erin alone.

These plots, and a lot more, happen throughout this novel.  It's a decently long book (over 400 pages), and I think it could have done well to be broken up in two or three companion novels.  All of the characters were likable though, and the book was very enjoyable.  There was romance, but nothing too explicit (no bodice ripping, yay!) and a lot of humor.  This book reminded me a lot of Meg Cabot's boy series.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more from the author.

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