A Walk in the Park
Author: Jill Mansell
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
***THERE ARE NO SPOILERS***
THE GIST: I love British chick-lit. There’s something about the self-deprecating, slightly sarcastic nature of a British writer that when applied to the normal gloss and glitter of chick-lit, makes it so rich. It’s like adding sea salt to caramel; the combination is delicious. Jill Mansell delivers on this combination, this balance of salty and sweet, in A Walk in the Park.
THE SYNOPSIS: Eighteen years earlier, Lara Carson disappeared from her life without a whisper to anyone she loved. Now, forced to return to her home town of Bath by her estranged father’s death, Lara must confront all of the people she left behind including the high school sweetheart, Flynn, and her best friend Evie. There are secrets to be revealed and questions to be answered before Lara can make peace with her past and her future.
THE LOWDOWN: I really enjoyed this book. It’s a quick paced fast read that’s hard to ignore. With everything that is good about chick-lit, A Walk in the Park is about love, friendship, laughter and forgiveness. Sure, all of the normal chick-lit trappings are there, romance, comedic blunders, girl talk, and shoes, but it also brings the heart and honesty that can so often be lost in the upbeat glitz of the genre. It is definitely worth the read.