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. . .
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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