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Review: Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
Friday September 23, 2011 at 12:34 am |

mirandasbigmistake-jmPublisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Copyright: 2009
Published: June 1, 2009
Pages: 488
Form: Paperback
Author: Jill Mansell
Buy The Book: B&N | Book Depository

Even the worst mistake of your life can lead to true love in the end. . .

Miranda’s track record with men is horrible.  Her most recent catastrophe is Greg.  He seems perfect–gorgeous, witty, exciting.  And he and Miranda are in love. . .until Miranda discovers he left his wife when he found out she was pregnant.

With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the sweetest and most public revenge a heartbroken girl can get.  But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next “perfect” man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wings. . .

My Thoughts:

This read was fascinating and I loved it from beginning to end.  Well-meaning but naive Miranda has a bad run of it when it comes to relationships.  And her latest beau just happens to be the husband of her new and pregnant flatmate.  When Miranda discovers the shocking news she plans an elaborate revenge to humiliate him for deceiving her.  But while moving from one catastrophic relationship to another, Miranda continues to overlook the strong and steady guy who befriends her and her flatmates.

I don’t know what it is about books whose authors and settings are across the pond, but I’m absolutely loving them.  The atmosphere of this book is so sweet and charming that I was completely drawn into the story from the first word.  But though the book is enchanting it had its fair share of sass, snark, and laugh out loud moments.  I adored Miranda as a protagonist because she was probably the most unluckiest girl which made her feel more real for me.  She had a fair amount of cynicism to go with her never-ending compassion, but I couldn’t help but feel she took things at face value too much.  She approached many situations and people with a naivete that ended up hurting her in the end.

The other characters in this book were just as fun and interesting as Miranda.  I have to say my favorite was her 70-ish landlord and flatmate.  Florence is fresh and spunky and I think she would give Miranda and the other young ladies a run for their money if her arthritis didn’t keep her wheelchair bound.  She tickles me thoroughly when she pretends to take a young Latin lover to vex her mooching son and his wife, and she’s forever trying to gently guide Miranda in the right direction.  Bev, her friend and co-worker was a bit rigid at first.  And although she seems well-meaning, sometimes her concern for Miranda was a tiddly bit tinged with envy.  Chloe was sweet but low-key through most of the book.  I was happy to see her grow stronger and become more confident by the end of the book.

The men of this novel were just as fascinating.  Between errant husband Greg, famous race car driver Miles, and  television producer Danny, Miranda has her hands full on the man front.  Her interaction with Miles was dreamy and romantic, which was easy to fall into because Miles is a total dreamboat.  But her friendship with Danny was something special.  The dialogue between the two was witty and snarky and I lived for their verbal sparring.  Each gave as good as they got and I believe Miranda didn’t quite know what to do with a man who could match wits with her.

Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by Miranda’s Big Mistake.  The characters are wonderful, the dialogue witty, and the story was amazing.  With brilliant writing and great pacing, Jill Mansell pens a novel very much worth reading.  I already have another novel by Jill Mansell in my TBR pile, and after reading Miranda’s Big Mistake, I am anxious to read it.  This one’s a go!

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11 Responses to “Review: Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell”

  1. Brie says:

    I’ve been meaning to read this author for a while now, I even think someone gave me this book as a gift ages ago, but it might be a different one. I’ve heard that some people have trouble with the amount of characters and storylines, did it bother you? Jill Mansell is quite a popular author among the chick-lit fandom, I kind of have the impression that her style resembles Kristan Higgins’… Oh I really need to read it!!!! Thanks for reviewing it and reminding me that I need to get on with it.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Brie, no I had no trouble at all with the many characters and different storylines. The author really fits them together quite seamlessly so you don’t feel so overwhelmed with it all. And almost every character is connected to another in the story so its pretty easy to follow. And if she’s like Kristin Higgins I’ll have to look her up.

  2. Missie says:

    Oh, I’m a big fan of witty dialogue and banter. It always makes me feel giddy. And that is a lot of men to be after a woman. Lucky girl! I’ll have to read this one just to find out how she does it.

    • Jade Jade says:

      HA! Me too Missie! And so am I. Give me some witty dialogue and I am in book heaven. It really makes the story that much more interesting and funny.

  3. Jill Mansell says:

    Hi there, and thanks so much for the fab review – I’m thrilled you enjoyed my writing style! The books are originally even MORE British – before Sourcebooks publish them, they swap a lot of my English words and expressions for American ones…
    Jill xx

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so excited over here. I will have to make sure to purchase one of your books with all the original writing. That should be an interesting read. And you’re welcome! Please keep writing awesome books, you have a new fan.

  4. How much of a go? I’m in a mood to buy some books. Right now. Is this a must buy or good to read if you have it? It’s important because this is my last time buying books for awhile. Once my husband realizes how many giveaways I’ve got going right now, he’s going to shut it down. Ha!

    • Jade Jade says:

      Depend on ho wmuch you like chick lit. I adored this book so I’d buy it. But you may want to see if you can find it cheaper for your e-reader if it’s the first time trying Jill Mansell. I’ve heard and read nothing but good things and I have nothing but good things to say about this book.

  5. Lena says:

    Sounds like a fun read. I’m not fond of the cover. But it does sound interesting, especially when you said she would give them a run for their money if her arthritis didn’t keep her wheelchair bound, I chuckled because I know someone that is so feisty but swears if it wasn’t for their arthritis they’d be in your tail. So I had to giggle because it reminded me of someone. Miles sounds like a hunk, trying to picture dreamboat in my mind and I come up with Christian Keyes. 🙂 Wonder is he that dreamy?

    Great review as always. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Lena Florence ws a card. I would love to know someone like her in person. Closest person was a lady I knew at the retirement home I worked at in HS named Grandma Lucy. She used to purposefully drop her napkin or utensils and then pinch the guy waiters butts when they bent over for them. She also used to tell dirty jokes.

    • I love this! I am so happy that you are sharing your work in a digital way. Very Inspiring!You continue to inspire me and the work that I do with young writers and readers!Sharon