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Head Over Heels [Paperback]

Jill Mansell
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Book Description

10 Jun 1999

Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness

Jessie has kept the identity of her son Oliver’s father a secret for years. She’s stunned when she discovers that the man in question, actor Toby Gillespie, has just moved in next door. The truth’s about to come out. One glance at Oliver, and a little mental arithmetic, and Toby has the situation sussed. Meeting the son he never knew he had is the shock of a lifetime. It’s a shock, too, for Toby’s wife, the beautiful Deborah, though she seems to take it in her stride. Would Deborah be so relaxed if she knew just how close Toby wants to get to the mother of his firstborn? As the attraction between them flares up again, Jessie just can’t see her way to a happy ending. But no one is quite what they seem, and there are more surprises to come…

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (10 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747257363
  • ASIN: 0747257361
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Tweeting and marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she's completely run out of displacement activities does she actually write.
Follow Jill on Twitter at @JillMansell.

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'A great read' (Woman's Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jill Mansell worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol. Jill is the author of many bestselling novels with Headline and appears regularly in the Guardian Top One Hundred list.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to Enjoy Here! 4 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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Jill Mansell consistently delivers charming, witty novels. Head Over Heels is no exception, a truly enjoyable read. The main story revolves around Jessie and Toby, and how their chance reunion, after 20 years, creates an emotional explosion that literally ripples throughout the village. Jessie and Toby were in love when they were young, an unexpected pregnancy pulling them apart. Toby believes the Jessie terminated the pregnancy and hated him so that she wanted nothing to do with him. Toby goes on to become an incredibly famous actor, married to a beautiful former actress, with two children - on the surface, a perfect family. (All is not what it seems, however.) Jessie goes on to successfully raise her son on her own, and despite her best efforts, never stops caring for Toby. She tells no one the truth about the father of her son, including Oliver, her son. 21 years later, Toby and his chaotic family move to the village where Jessie has settled, and mayhem breaks lose. The suspense isn't in whether or not Toby finds out that Oliver is his - he figures that out in the first 20 pages! The story is how this revelation - along with the reader's growing realization that both Toby and Jessie have never fallen out of love with each other - seems to cause a ripple effect that changes the lives of everyone in the village. Are there a lot of characters and "couples" in this book - yes, there are. It is a bit busy at times - but ultimately what Mansell does is provide various profiles of relationships and visions of what commitment to marriage/relationships mean. All of this is done with humor and wonderful dialog. Although this book is really about Jessie and Toby, my favorite "sub-story" was Lilie & Drew (Mr. Darcy!). Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism with a touch of reality! 24 July 2000
This is a good light-hearted read. Excellent for a holiday book. Great fun and not a lot of concentration required! Sorry intellectuals, this is just what most of us need to unwind from our day to day jobs.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accident !!! 20 Jun 2005
By Cupcake
What's one of the worst things that could happen to a girl lazing about the pool on holiday... Yes you guessed it... Finishing reading the last book you've brought with you.
Luckily for me though the hotel I was staying at had a 'swap your books library' and so while my husband snored on the sun lounger next to me, I went off in search of my next read.
I had not read any of Jill Mansell's books before but I picked out Head over Heels because the cover jumped out at me and after reading the back cover I decided to give it a whirl (after all it was free don't forget), and so it was only by chance / accident that I came to read it.
Within the first few pages I realised that this book would be a fanitastic read, what with the wonderful characters and brilliant descriptions I really was drawn into the story as if I was part of the village that the story focuses on. Jill Mansell has been extremely clever, you have all the usual characters that you'd expect to find in a village... Extraverts, nosy parkers, 'loose women' etc, etc and what with the romance, intrigue and occasional twists it really does make for a good read - Hence me looking on Amazon for other Jill Mansell books and taking the trouble to write this review, enjoy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good holiday reading! 14 Jun 2000
By A Customer
I bought this book to take on holiday as I wanted something easy to read on the beach. This book didn't let me down! It was very light hearted and funny in places, with the only downside being it was a bit predictable, but when your on holiday you don't want 'War & Peace'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Jill Mansell 20 Mar 2012
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I am a great admirer of Jill's books and there are a lot in my bookcase. However, I don't know what had ailed the author when she wrote HEAD OVER HEELS! It is not only an improbable story but the characters are 2 dimensional and the dialogue often ridiculous, not even fitting such improbable characters.
On the good side (earning a solitary star) was the typical engaging humour found in all Ms. mansell's books.
I am sorry to disparage an author whose huge output is so very good, but there has to be an exception.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book - her best yet ! 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I can't recommend this book highly enough - funny, romantic and with characters you really care about, this is my favourite Jill Mansell novel to date. Perfect holiday reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite book ... 17 Feb 2014
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I can just read this book over and over again ... Love all her other books but this is my all time favourite ... and thank God I can down load it to my kindle because I don't think my hard back copy would take another reading .. :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good read but ........ 20 Dec 2013
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Very good read as usual but on this occasion was a little disappointed at the end just a little flat turned the page for last chapter but found I had just read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful tale
Jill's books are always like effervescent bubbly. They cheer me up and make me smile. This one is no different, I loved it and all the quirky characters, thank you.
Published 5 months ago by L. Holdway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Wonderful, full of surprise book. Great stories telling. I'm a big fun of Jill Mansell book after starting to read one of her by coincident.
Published 6 months ago by Adrianna
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Predictable
A sex-crazed village, that's what Upper Sisley is! At first glance, your typical Cotswolds village, complete with Big House, village green with duck pond and bench, cottage-lined... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Meks Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill Mansell's books
Jill Mansell's books never disappoint, although the subject matter is usually light, the stories are well woven and well told, making them perfect for a relaxing read.
Published 8 months ago by Amlougheed
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book by jill mansell
a good book that kept me interested and entertained, in classic jill mansell style. read in a couple of days
Published 13 months ago by hannah johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I've read all Jill Mansell's books now and she never disappoints. The usual mixture of love & laughs with very lovable characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Suefry58
5.0 out of 5 stars Head over heel
I enjoy reading her books a most enchanting and funny story, I would recommending this book, light hearted and enjoyable reading, good stories
Published 15 months ago by J. M. Trace
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my ideal book, disappointed...beware SPOILER
Before you read this, I should make you aware that my review will actually spoil the book, but for those who don't mind then carry on reading. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by LaLaLottieR
1.0 out of 5 stars Used copy
Whilst this product was very cheap, I was really disappointed, so much so that I threw the book away without reading it. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Jessie is a single Mother with a son, Oliver who is 21 years old, and no one new in the village who his father was,Tony Gillespie a famous actor moves into the village with his... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Mrs. V. Leete
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