RUMOR HAS IT

Author: Jill Mansell
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Chick-lit
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: May 1, 2010

 

OVERALL: Without going all crazy fan-girl, let me just say I’m officially a fan of Jill Mansell’s books. Did she turn chick-lit on its ear? No. Guess what? I didn’t want her to. All I was looking for was someone who would write a mostly happy, funny, charming story that included a female protagonist with a functioning brain. Finally! I found one!

SYNOPSIS: Tilly Cole is a practical woman. She has her job, her friends and her boyfriend. Well, she had her boyfriend. When her relationship ends, Tilly’s practical nature leads her in a surprising direction; taking her away from the hustle of London and landing her in the middle of ever-whispering Roxboro. Here she finds a job, a home, friendship, and the temptation of romance with the town’s one-and-only bad boy, Jack Lucas.Life in Roxboro is supposed to be simple, but Tilly quickly learns that everyone is keeping secrets in a town where no secret is sacred.

THE LOWDOWN: Tilly is a female protagonist you can cheer for even when she is driving you nuts. She’s smart and at least makes an attempt at being sensible. If I’m making her sound dull or too prim, trust me, she’s not. She’s prone to fits of laughter, bursts of lust and the occasional ill-considered display of physical prowess, but above all she’s got integrity and heart which isn’t always easy to find in the gloss and superficiality so often associated with the genre.

Tilly is the lead character, but she’s not the only character. Jack Lucas, the bad-boy love interest, is funny, charming and sexy. Erin, the best friend, is guileless, vulnerable and strong. Max, the boss, is centered, supportive, and sarcastic. And you can’t forget about Lou, Tilly’s teenage charge who speaks with the humor and wisdom of an intuitive kid that recognizes the absurd behavior of adults around her. They each have their own challenges and strengths and they all contribute to the turn of the next page. It’s this complete group, this community, this balance that makes Rumor Has It satisfying. There is depth. There is thought and yes, there is also romance and humor. It’s exactly what chick-lit should be.

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