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Making Your Mind Up [Kindle Edition]

Jill Mansell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's not always you who gets to choose when you're making your mind up...
Lottie Carlyle isn't looking for love when she meets her new boss, Tyler Klein. Living in a beautiful cottage with her two adorable - sometimes - kids in an idyllic village in the Cotswolds, on good terms with her ex-husband and with friends all around, she's happy enough with her lot. But Tyler's perfect for Lottie and quickly she falls for him - and he for her. Unfortunately, there's a problem. For reasons that are totally unfair, Lottie's children HATE Tyler. When a rival for Lottie's affections comes on the scene in the shape of charmer Seb, the children adore him, and he's certainly a distraction. But he's not Tyler - and he's not even at all what he seems. Lottie's got a problem - but thanks, in classic Jill Mansell style, to a tobogganing accident and a delicious series of mix-ups, all will be revealed and true love will find a way.


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'Classy chick-lit that appeals to women of all ages. She [Jill Mansell] has a fantastic ability to keep a number of storylines running at the same time without losing the reader in a labyrinth' (Daily Express)

'Expect to run the gamut of emotions, as this book is both laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad. Basically, you won't put it down' (New Woman)

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The unputdownable new novel from the author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT and FALLING FOR YOU: 'Slick, sexy, funny stories' Daily Telegraph

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best 27 May 2012
Format:Paperback
This book was sort of a let down for me. It started out with so much potential, and had all the elements that Jill Mansell is known for. I liked Lottie's spirit, I loved Tyler's character and all the secondary characters were great - to start with.

Then the plot got thicker, and the characters became almost comical.

The storyline was ridiculous to tell you the truth, what with Lottie not choosing to be with a perfectly decent guy because her children disliked him. I am all with a mother putting her children first, but I mean, for crying out loud, the poor sod did nothing wrong. The children were spoiled brats, and that whole scene with them actually telling on their own mother to their principal and having her tell off Lottie and threaten her even was absolutely horrid. And Sebastian, seriously? I saw that end coming from the moment she first met him.

Also, Mario's storyline was very silly, unnecessary and not believable. Oh, but wait, here comes the good part...Cressida and her little romantic adventure. Good old Cressida. Cressida whose husband leaves her because she couldn't bear him any children, but then runs off, gets married, has a kid and asks his ex-wife to basically raise his kid. Oh, but the story's not over yet, because you see, Cressida gets SO attached to the little girl that she thinks of her as her own, and with a stroke of luck, her parents turn out to be insensitive, uncaring parents, who pretty much couldn't care less what happened to their daughter. So when they decide they are moving countries for a good business venture, they think well, we'll just leave our daughter - Jojo - with Cressida and have her adopt her because we are such incompetent, selfish parents. And Cressida gets EVERYTHING she wants in the world. A love story, AND a daughter.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much going on. 8 Feb. 2006
By Fran
Format:Hardcover
This is not a bad book, in fact when I'd finally managed to get to grips with who was who I enjoyed it quite a lot, my only gripe is that Jill Mansell seems to be trying to put too much into her stories lately and I never felt enough empathy with any of the numerous characters to care too much really.
Her last book was a dismal effort - in my humble opinion - and while this is drastically better I still have a problem with the complexity that isn't needed. I much prefer her simpler, earlier work in that respect.
Lottie is a likable character that I never felt I had a chance to get to know too well, and why did she and Cress only seem to share a chapter or so? Considering they're supposed to be best friends they didn't spend much time together.
Tyler seems nice enough, but then so do Mario and Seb. Too many men to choose from? Maybe.
And finally, the ending had me feeling a little cheated and I'd experienced such better feelings of romance earlier on in the book that I felt the last scene was lacking in any.
Overall a feel-good Jill Mansell romance with plenty of village life thrown in, enjoyable for an afternoon's reading but don't get your hopes up too high on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Your Mind Up 8 May 2015
By Sue P
Format:Paperback
Making Your Mind Up is a heart warming story that kept me engrossed, made me laugh, teared me up, and in the end made me feel good.

I loved all of the characters in Making Your Mind Up. Lottie is the main character who is so admirable and realistic. I just really delighted in her character. As an ex-wife she remains on friendly terms with her ex-husband and his girl friend, as a mother the kids come first...even at the cost of any relationships she might hope to develop. I really felt for her as she struggled with her feelings for Tyler, her children's dislike of him, and her relationship with Seb...someone who's fun and makes her feel good but is not who she really wants to be with. I actually didn't see where that relationship was going...and neither did Lottie!

As an employee and friend she is loyal and caring. When her soon to be former employer and friend Freddie gives her a task that is also heart breaking in it's own way, she takes it on and does it. This is a strong sub plot that continues through out Making Your Mind Up...one that needs mentioned but not given away because it is very relevant to the plot, so real and it brought out strong emotions as I read. I liked Freddie a lot and the relationship Lottie had with Freddie, the trust they had in each other and the obvious caring they felt for one another.

For me Lottie was so believable and very entertaining! " '...I'm not allowed to die of boredom because I have to be here pretending to be a supportive parent for the next six hours...' " I felt like she could be my friend, someone I could easily spend time with and I liked her!

There are a host of other secondary characters, some with strong secondary plots who tie in well with Lottie's life and are significant to the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real feel-good read 30 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this story, even though there were lots of characters and their varying storylines to try and keep up with. I loved the seasonal aspects being brought into the story, which starts during a long hot summer and takes us through Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, and the lovely setting of a Cotswold village – even if everyone did know everyone else’s business! I did like Lottie as a character, though she did some stupid things; for example the scene in the classroom at the chess tournament was highly inappropriate! I also think a lot of “chick lit” characters with kids seem to jump in too much at the beginning of a relationship without thinking of the effect that (if they were real, of course!) these relationships would have on their children. Freddie’s story was great; a good example of being realistic about what Fate has in store for you, taking it by the horns and being positive. I loved the reconnections with people he had known when he was younger, some good, some not so but all with a positive ending, and his relationship with Lottie was lovely. I really liked Mario and his storyline as well; underneath it all here was a decent guy and I liked the way things finished up for him. The title is about Lottie making her mind up about two men, but goes deeper in that other characters, particularly Amber, have a lot of thinking and decision-making to do.

I enjoyed it a lot, but haven’t given it 5 stars because some of the incidents I thought unrealistic; the telling off by the teacher was way off beam, and I couldn’t believe in Liana either as a realistic character, or the way she left the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Yet another great read! Absolutely love this author, have pretty much read all her books and that is a first for me x
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. M. A. Hall
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Published 1 month ago by Norman Halliday
4.0 out of 5 stars like all Jill Mansell books very easy read & a ...
Laughed & cried. Lovely book, like all Jill Mansell books very easy read & a feel good book!
Published 3 months ago by Mel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but usually better.
I received a netgalley US preview in exchange for an honest review. I'm a massive fan of Jill Mansell but whilst I really wanted to love this book I found it a bit slow to warm... Read more
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Again loved this book. Great story line, really good read. Can recommend.
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Only a third of the way through it at the moment but it is quite good
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant brilliant brilliant!!!!
Wow fabulous again, as usual, i spent the whole weekend with this book and couldnt put it down, the only drawback was it was on my i phone and had to stop to charge up.
Published 11 months ago by Marshmallow1
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
entertaining, funny and a good storyline, always a happy ending romcom at its best thank you looking forward to more like it
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