Jun 5, 2009

Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

"'You can be a bridesmaid if you want.' Tom's relief was audible. 'Dear Florence. So you don't think I'm making the biggest mistake of my life?'

'If you're having fun, how can it be a mistake? The last thing I ordered from a mail-order catalogue was a non-stick saucepan,' Florence told him, 'and after a week the bloody handle dropped off.'" (Page 71)

Jill Mansell's Miranda's Big Mistake is a rip-roaring good time that will have you guffawing so loudly your friends, your neighbors, and people on the Metro will want to read what your reading.

"Sleety rain dripped down Miranda's neck as she tipped her head back to drink the lager straight from the bottle. Her short black hair, urchin-cut and currently streaked with dark blue and green low-lights, gleamed like a magpie's wing." (Page 13)

Miranda is a junior at Fenn Lomax's trendy hair salon in London, and her love life is a disaster, but she just doesn't know it yet. Her landlady, Florence, gets around in a wheelchair and is full of piss and vinegar. Her boss can be demanding, but he's really a big softie. Miranda's men--Greg, Miles, and Danny--have her twisting and turning, while love is simmering beneath the surface for Fenn, her flatmate Chloe, and her best friend Bev.

"'It isn't a smirk. I never smirk. I'm not dopey either. I just wondered, do you have a girlfriend?'

'Why, are you offering? All applications for the post in writing, please. Just send a copy of your CV and a brief letter outlining why you feel you'd be the best woman for the job. If you make the short list, you'll be invited to attend for an interview--'" (Page 167)

Mansell is adept at crafting in-depth characters with unique personalities and their actions make them even funnier. The sexual tension between Miranda and Miles and Miranda and Danny is electric, leaping off the page to zap readers through the tips of their fingers. Miranda's Big Mistake not only oozes modern romance, but also sarcasm and wit. The dialogue is sharp and the plot will keep readers moving quickly, keeping them on their toes and cheering Miranda on. Grab a copy of Miranda's Big Mistake and hit the beach.

About the Author:

Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

Also Reviewed By:

A Bookworm’s World
S. Krishna’s Books
Wendy’s Minding Spot
Cheryl’s Book Nook
Booking Mama
Diary of an Eccentric
Cindy's Love of Books
Reading Adventures

Check out this giveaway:

1 copy of Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham, here; Deadline is June 10, 2009, 11:59 PM EST


Veens said...

Hi Serena! Love Review! I hope you remember me! :) My old Blog got deleted :( and i have started a new one too :) my email id also got deleted and I have a new one now :)

I love the new look of your blog :) though where you write the reviews... it would have been nice if it was a sinle color instead of a pattern :) but anyways ... i love the colors and the template! it is so lively and cheerful :)


Serena said...

Veens: Thanks for stopping by. I will have to check out the new blog! I've been a bit behind in blog reading with the BEA and other things going on at home.

I'm glad you like the new look and the review!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great, the passages you quoted were funny. And I really love the cover of this book.

lilly said...

I really want to read this book now. It has to be very funny if I laughed at simply the couple of quotes you have here. And I do need some good laughing.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Every third or fourth book should be like this one. It purges all the fear and sadness out of the mind, so we can go back and read more of the death and destruction!

Anna said...

I loved this book! It was a great light read, and I plan to read more by Mansell in the future. I'll be posting my review later today.

Glad you liked it, and your review was great!

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Violet: I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes and the cover.

Lilly: I'm so glad that the quotes made you laugh...imagine what the rest of the book is like!

Sandy: I completely agree...sometimes you need a laugh.

Anna: I really liked this one.

avisannschild said...

Hmm, sounds good to me and this is not the type of book I'd normally read!

Stop by my blog for a couple of awards!

Dar said...

Glad you liked this book Serena. I wish now I had picked it to read. It sounds like such a fun summer read. Nice review as usual.

naida said...

This sounds like fun and what a cute cover.

bermudaonion said...

I guess I'll be the last one to finish this book - I should finish it tomorrow. I'm really enjoying it.

S. Krishna said...

I enjoyed this book as well, nice review!

Serena said...

I really liked this book! Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Ladytink_534 said...

This one sounds like a lot of fun. I just know I'd love it!