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Nadia Knows Best [Paperback]

Jill Mansell
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18 Aug 2003

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

When Nadia Kinsella meets Jay Tiernan, she's tempted, of course she is. Stranded together in a remote Cotswold pub while a snowstorm rages outside... let's face it, who would ever know? But Nadia's already met The One. She and Laurie have been together for years - they're practically childhood sweethearts and she still gets butterflies in her stomach at the sight of him. Okay, so maybe she doesn't see that much of him these days, but that's not Laurie's fault. She can't betray him. Besides, when you belong to a family like the Kinsellas - bewitchingly glamorous grandmother Miriam, feckless mother Leonie, stop-at-nothing sister Clare - well, someone has to exercise a bit of self-control, don't they? I mean, you wouldn't want to do something that you might later regret...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (18 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747264880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747264880
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 11.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,504 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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Are the days of chick lit numbered? That question exercises the glossies a lot these days, but on the evidence of Jill Mansell's Nadia Knows Best, there's still plenty of life in the genre--particularly if you can deliver goods as sassy, sharp and witty as this. In previous novels (such as Head Over Heels and Mixed Doubles), Mansell's subject has been the vagaries of love and friendship (with a healthy leavening of sex and revenge), and those ingredients are all well represented in the mix here.

A snowstorm has cloistered the guests at a secluded Cotswold pub. One of them is Mansell's heroine Nadia Kinsella, and she finds herself sorely tempted by beguiling fellow guest Jake Tiernan. But giving in to such alluring temptation is not that easy when Nadia has been virtually betrothed to the faithful Laurie since both were childhood sweethearts. Nadia's decision is not helped by the peculiar mix of personalities within her family: her irresponsible mother Leonie, her ruthless and uncompromising sister Clare, and her surprising grandmother Miriam, every bit as well turned out as the younger members of the family.

It doesn't matter how sharply wrought the dialogue is, or how buoyant the plotting--a novel such as Nadia Knows Best stands or falls on whether or not the reader identifies with the central characters. And it's here that Jill Mansell knows precisely what she's doing: it's impossible to resist becoming involved with the characters even when they irritate us (and Mansell knows that from Jane Austen onwards, the reader needs to heartily disagree with some of the characters' actions). This is a stylish and cuttingly funny read. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Another fuzzy, fun read from the best-selling author. -- Woman's Own (Summer Special)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read for a snowy sunday! 11 Feb 2003
I loved Jill Mansell's book - it's a very entertaining read. It only took me a weekend to read it, once you started you can't put it down any more. Jill Mansell describes all persons very vividly, you feel as you've known them! The plot is quiet gripping and never boring. As an other reviewer already observed one could fall in love with Jay and Nadia feels like being my best friend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Escapism 30 April 2003
By A Customer
I have virtually all Jill Masell books and this one is just as good as the rest. Funny, romantic, perceptive this is the kind of book you read in 1 sitting. I just want to know how Jill Mansell keeps coming up with her brillant story lines and all the outrageous events that always occur in her books!!
Buy - read and enjoy!! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another charmer from Mansell 13 Jun 2003
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Nadia Knows Best is a fabulous book - yes, it's not a Booker finalist, but it's still wonderfully well-written and addresses the topic of abandonment (in various forms)with respect - and fun! Nadia is one of the most likeable heroines you'll find, and Jay is - well, everything you want "the" man to be. As with all of Mansell's books, it's the secondary characters that make the story, by providing realistic dialog, humor, and setting up our Nadia to finally find love. One of Mansell's best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than a country lane! 20 Mar 2008
When I first started this book, I never realised the plot would get as intense as it did!
The main story is focused on Nadia who starts off being stranded in a snow bound car and is rescued and has to spend the night in a pub with her rescuer, Jay.
She doesn't see him for a good while after, and in that time she has split from her partner and Jay offers her a job.
There are a few sub-plots surrounding her evermore dysfunctional family.
There a laughs, a few tears and a good fair few 'Oh my gods'!!
Good read for lounging in the bath!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't be able to put this book down 11 Nov 2003
By tig
I have just finnished this book and I am missing it already, hence me being here trying to find another good mansell book. Nadia knows best is witty funny, and when you start reading it you just can't put it down. I actually found myself shouting at the book at times and laughing out loud, I think that is jill mansell's way of getting you so involved in it, and I would even go as far to say emotionally attached to it as you grow attached to the characters, some you like some you hate and some are just plain annoying you are left feeling you know them, and when you finnish this book you feel you have lost a friend. An overall excellent read I highly recommend it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with JAY!! 5 Feb 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book tonight 8 o clock ish and have just finished it 4 o clock ish!! I love Jill Mansell books they are witty, romantic, modern and are almost edible!! If you have never read any of these books you just dont know what youre missing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Jill Mansell as ever. Loved it! 14 July 2014
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Loved it!! Have come to expect a holiday from reality with Jill Mansell and she never fails to satisfy. This book is funny and sad and you can't help but become involved with the Characters. Brilliant as ever and I look forward to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 26 Mar 2014
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Very well thought out and cleverly written. Witty, fun and entertaining. A must read if you want to relax! X
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Very enjoyable book, just like all the other books by this author. Well worth the read. Nice and light hearted. Read more
Published 7 months ago by samiad
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Jill Mansell is the best romance writer around! You fall in love with each of the characters and can't wait to see how it all turns out in the end. Would highly recommend!
Published 8 months ago by An avid reader, Somerset
4.0 out of 5 stars nadia knows best
nadia knows best is an ideal book for a holiday read. lots of twists and turns, very well written and good fun to read
Published 10 months ago by Denise Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
This was promptly dispatched and in excellent condition,Jill Mansell is a good holiday read, and to get it so reasonably priced is an added bonus
Published 11 months ago by Hazel E
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Nice, light, holiday read. No major realism, which is a good thing and characters you might find in a Sunday afternoon Rom com......lovely!
Published 14 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great book, always enjoy reading Jill mansell books, easy read, light hearted and funny. Have read a lot of her books.
Published 17 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Mansell at her best
Read this book very quickly , loved the humour and all the characters , very modern views and family life with a bit of magic . Enjoyable read !
Published 18 months ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As all Jill Mansell s books this is a brilliant read . I couldn't put it down can't wait to read her next book
Published 18 months ago by Nicola Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another brilliant book from Jill Mansell. Couldn't wait to get home from work to read it. One of my favourite authors of all time :)
Published 18 months ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Really enjoyed reading this book i liked that it was also funny aswell as the usual romance really good read!!
Published 23 months ago by Kirsty
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