My sister introduced me to Jill Mansell, the author of Millie’s Fling. Ms. Mansell has actually written over a dozen books, and I would compare her style to Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot. Even though one could consider the subject matter a perfect example of “chick-lit”, Mansell’s books are a little meatier than either Kinsella’s or Cabot’s. The characters are the typical lonely girl, her quirky side-kick, the guy who is a friend, but not a boyfriend, and the guy who is obviously in love with the lonely girl, even though she has no idea. BUT….. the characters are still fully fleshed out, and are not just cardboard cutouts. Even the periphery characters have clear personalities and motives.
He’s the best thing that ever happened to her. He’s also the worst. He’s Millie’s Fling.
From one of the premiere contemporary authors in the UK, here is a fun and romantic tale that proves the road to matchmaking hilarity is paved with good intentions.
Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.
With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned…
I really enjoyed this book, and after the suspense of both Broken Harbor and The Diviners, it was the perfect light read to clear my brain. Millie’s Fling was funny and ridiculous, and the characters were very relatable. I recommend this book if you need a palate cleanser, or just something to read that won’t make your eyebrows hurt from trying to figure out what’s going on.
What have you guys been reading?