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Jill Mansell
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4 Dec 2006

From bestselling author Jill Mansell comes a fabulous novel of love, friendship, and unsuitable men...

When Millie Brady saves Orla Hart's life she doesn't realise how drastically it will change her own - not least because the boyfriend who was asking her to move in with him at the time stormed off in a huff. Actually, Millie's relieved. She's happy to enjoy a man-free summer in Cornwall. But Orla has other ideas. She's determined that Millie should meet the man of her dreams. Trouble is, Millie's taste in men doesn't tally with Orla's. The one who really interests her is Hugh Emerson, and he's the man with whom Orla's adamant she mustn't get involved...

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (4 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332564
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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When Millie saves bestselling novelist Orla Hart's life and loses her boyfriend in the process, one wonders if the rest of the book can be as entertaining and eventful as this dramatic opening but for Millie Brady the fun has only just begun

Millie decides that a man-free summer is just what she needs but Orla, who wants Millie to be the heroine of her next novel, is determined to find her the man of her dreams. As far as Millie is concerned, the only man worth thinking about is Hugh Emerson but for Hugh, whose wife tragically died in a horse-riding accident, "dating is not on the agenda". Millie's determination not to fall in love with the young widower forms the centrepiece of the novel but Jill Mansell also delves into the shenanigans of Millie's best friend Hester and her eventful love life; Orla and her cheating husband; Millie's man-eating mother; and the leather-clad, sex-mad Lucas Kemp who runs a kiss-a-gram service.

Set against the backdrop of the tranquil Cornish countryside, the story is void of coldly beautiful, career-obsessed women; gorgeous men with flash cars and flashier wallets. Instead, Mansell has created a believable and diverting cast of characters, and even dares to portray sex as something other than mind-blowing:

Since carrying her into the bedroom, Lucas had stripped himself naked, launched himself at her, had sex and then rolled over with a groan of contentment.
In one hundred and eighty seconds flat.
Oh, and he had told her she was great.

This is an addictive, warm and funny read bursting with clever one-liners and sparkling dialogue. Mixed with a healthy dose of realism, the will-they-or-won't-they element will have you gripped until the end. Reading Mansell is never an idle fling; her ever-growing collection of bestsellers, including Kiss and Good at Games, demands a life-long love affair. --Amy Gallagher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'A romantic romp full of larger than life characters' (Express)

'Right from the first page Mansell's novel takes off at a cracking pace and hardly allows a pause for breath until the final full stop is reached' (Good Book Guide)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 16 May 2001
By A Customer
Until now I thought Perfect Timing was my favourite Jill Mansell book - but Millie's Fling has just taken pole position! Just when I thought that Jill's characters couldn't get any better, or her novels any more unputdownable, she introduces us to Millie, Hester, and Orla - all warm and funny and real women - who will make you laugh out loud and become your best friends. And to Hugh, Nat, Lucas - what a trio of gorgeous men! - who will make you want to set up home with them!
Millie's Fling is page-turning, truly funny and heart-warming - but with serious issues, too. These aren't treated in a flip way, and all help to make you really care what happens to the characters. I loved this book - and will read it again and again - and can't wait for the next one. Thank you, Jill, for being brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 15 Oct 2001
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
I love Jill Mansell novels. They're always a fun, light-hearted read and I think Millie's Fling is set to become one of my favourites.
It's has all the usual ingredients - an attractive, normal, non-neurotic heroine; a gorgeous hero; a couple of fun sub-plots and mini-romances and of course a rocky path to true love.
Okay so Millie didn't come across as being 25, but come on, who can resist "will lonely, but very attractive widower find love again...?"
The best bit, not wanting to give too much away, (although these aren't really the sort of books where you're likely to be suprised) is when Hugh calls Millie after the party. In that pool of light under the lamp-post at 3am, mobile in hand, consumed with jealousy (and something else best not to mention) Millie inside staring out at him....wearing that lovely Harry Enfield t-shirt. Fantastic!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good easy, holiday type read. 8 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Lots of appealing friendly characters, this book keeps you wanting to read. Ideal if you've not got lots of time to devote to reading in one go. Easy to pick up and put down without losing the plot or your interest in the characters and what happens next.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest read brings a big smile! 7 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Having first bought Good at Games by Jill Mansell I was hooked to her light and humourous style. Since then I have bought Miranda's Big Mistake and Millie's Fling (both excellent) and can't wait for my next installment. The storylines are light and sassy. Not always down to earth - Millie befriends a famous novellist, goes to huge elite parties and gets to date strings of eligible batchelors!! The thing I like best when reading a Jill Mansell book is you get to have fun - you get to enjoy the events of the characters and you always end up smiling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jill. 27 Dec 2009
If i had to choose only one author whose books i had to read for the rest of my life, I'd choose Jill Mansell. I read Marian Keyes, and Sophie Kinsella and the like and i'm always left wondering why nobody i know has heard of Jill! I mean, as much i like MK, she aint a patch on Jill.

Anyway, Millie's Fling, what a brilliant book this is. Lighthearted, funny, warm and loving. It's just so great. It is actually hilarious in most parts. I found myself smiling so much through this book. Hester and her beauty salon mishap, oh my god, hilarious. As with most of Jill's books, you actually wish you could climb into the book and live in the world these people occupy. There's some suprising moments that make you gasp, and there's the slushy moments that make you feel lovely.

Of course there is the dashing, handsome men. Hugh, (sigh) he sounds delightful, Lucas, oh, another hilarious Hester thing connected with him. And Nat, i loved him! And the other women in the book. Orla, she sounds fabulous. You can just tell that JM was smiling as she was writing this fabulous book.

I could go on but i cant think of any more gushing words for the book. And if i did, i would be even more annoying! I cant recommend it enough. I cant recommend JM enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Clever Mansell Tale 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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I just finished "Millie's Fling" and just loved it. Mansell writes wonderful light romantic comedy - while you get some trials and tribulations, it's not the kind of stuff that makes you cry. But, she's such a smart and talented writer, it's also not the kind of stuff that makes you retch, either. She writes with wit, the dialog sparkles. Yes, the plots are improbable - but not annoyingly so. In this book, you've got a delightful cast of characters - from the Bad Boy (with a real heart of gold) to the Perfect (but not too perfect) Hero. Ultimately it's Mansell's talent that makes this another reliably good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read MORE people 7 Dec 2007
I absoulty love jills books and honestly people who give them any less than 3 stars i can just say to them READ MORE BOOKS. because this lady is amazing on how she captures you and how everyone can relate to her books in some way or another. Evenyone likes different stories and yes theres gona be one you dont like but i say read more of them and you'll b hooked honestly. My fav has to be perfect timeing, but this is just as good. i think most people might agree with me. IF not go read it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 31 Aug 2001
By A Customer
After reading 'Good At Games' I was sure that 'Millie's Fling' could not be as good. Having read this book I now stand corrected! This book is fantastic, the usual witty, high standard of writing one grows to expect from Jill Mansell. If you enjoyed any of her other books then you will love this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others
I have read loads of Jill Mansell books, solo, sheer mischief and perfect timing etc etc and have to day this one did not have as strong plot as the others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs N
5.0 out of 5 stars Flinging Fantastic
Witty, charming and a very warming story couldn't put it down. Gutted I have finished it. Wished it was a bigger read. Fantastically brilliant.
Published 3 months ago by mandy duff
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
This book is hysterical... I took it on my hols, and found myself laughing away to myself on the sunbeds. If u want a Cheery read, then definatley get this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by HAYLEY RUTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always
Ive read all of Jills books and Millies fling is as brilliant as the rest. I recommend reading this book.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Sm Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read
A good, lighthearted read. Fairly simple plot, with no real surprises. A fun book. Would recommend to anyone who doesn't want anything too serious.
Published 11 months ago by Sharon Anne Cade
4.0 out of 5 stars Millie' s fling
I have read a few Jill Mansell' s books and on a holiday to cornwall this was the perfect book to read. The story and characters hook you in and flow along nicely.
Published 13 months ago by Darcyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining
Just finished 'Don't want to miss a thing ' and fancied trying another by Jill Mansell. This book was completely different but equally enjoyable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Helen Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bk
Great read! I have to say I have really enjoyed all the Jill Mansell books which I have read. They really grip you and it is lovely to have such a range of characters... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ethel
5.0 out of 5 stars Millie's fling
Loved reading this - didn't want it to end! So funny. Another great read by Jill Mansell. Have nearly read them all :-)
Published 17 months ago by miss j a leppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Millie's fling
A loved reading this book had to keep reading to find out what happened I Also enjoyed getting to know all the characters
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