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Open House [Paperback]

Jill Mansell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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3 Mar 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

Nell O'Driscoll's known Marcus Kilburton for years - according to her diary, she even had a crush on him as a teenager. When he decides to open Kilburton Castle to the public, Nell takes a job as his assistant - and soon sparks are flying between them. But is Nell free to pursue Marcus, when a figure from her past refuses to let go?

Meanwhile, Nell's best friend, Hetty Brewster, has other problems. Her husband has abandoned her for a bitchy but successful writer. Now the press is full of stories about the frumpy, boring wife losing out to a younger, slimmer model. But Hetty's about to get her chance for sweet revenge - if she can stop being a nice person long enough to take it!

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (3 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074726743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267430
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,114 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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'This frothy romance will give any girl the giggles and there's enough wit to keep you turning the pages' Sun -- Sun

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A reissue and a new look for this delightful romantic comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I read this book in a couple of sittings. As with all of Jill Mansell's books (yes I have read them all)the beauty of them is the fact that you feel that you really want know the characters and care about what happens to them. Jill Mansell's ability to continually create characters that are life-like is what makes her books so easy to read and so popular.
This book like many of her other books follows basically the same formula ,beautiful girl with whacky/not so beautiful friend fancies a very handsome/rich man but the path of true love never follows the smoothest or shortest route, just like life really, eh! The main characters Nell and Marcus are the beautiful ones, but chaotic friend Hetty has her fair share of attention, as does Nell's strange but loveable family. Also there is an adequate helping of sex and lust just to keep it ticking along nicely!
I simply gave this book a four star rating only beacause I did not enjoy it as much as some of her previous books,Millie'Fling being my all-time favourite so far, but Open House is still definately worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but predictable 31 July 2011
I enjoyed this book, as I enjoy all Jill Mansell novels, but found this was not one of her best books, I new what the ending would be after the first few pages.

Nell who comes from a Gypsy family, is a fortune teller in her spare time. She meets the Earl of Kilburton (Marcus), when she was 15 and he was 16, and they took an instant dislike to each other. Nell goes to University to obtain a degree and she meets Ben who is going to be her first love, but later on tragedy strikes.

Ten years after she first met Marcus, Nell gets a job working for him in his castle, but you can guess what happens later on, but Ben stands in the way of her secret relationship with Marcus.

There are a lot of characters in this book, Hetty whose husband Tony left her, for the best selling author Vanessa, there daughter Rachael. One character in this book I did not like at all, she is a spoilt so and so. A new Doctor arrives in the village who is divorced with a daughter. There is quite a lot of gossip about Nell mother Miriam.

Obviously not one of Jill Mansell better books, because it was to predictable from the beginning, but I do not expect every book of hers to be a 5* rating, every author can get it wrong from time to time.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 4 Jun 2003
By A Customer
This is the second Jill Mansell book i have read and i'm equally impressed with this then "staying at Daisy's".
I read this within two days because it is so easy to read but very difficult to put down. The characters are amazingly real and you begin to feel you know them, and you sympathise with their situations. It's so real you begin to wonder what you would do in their situation.
The story lines and twists are also really good and a couple were unexpected. Overall this is a fantastic book. Jill Mansell is great...i've already started another book of hers! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Jill Mansell book I have read 26 Mar 2014
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I am struggling to get into this book, unlike the other 5 or so of Jill Mansell's books that I have read. Not many characters in it and I am struggling to connect with them. Just over 1/3 of the way through though so maybe it will get better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open house 15 Feb 2014
By Sara
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Highly recommend this book. Great light hearted read. I've yet to be disappointed by her novels. on to the next book by Jill mansell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 15 Jun 2014
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Bit predictable (but aren't all chick flicks?), but very easy reading and I really enjoyed it. It's worth a go......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 21 May 2014
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yet another wonderful read from mansell, easy to enjoy laugh and relate to. wonderful characters and refreshing plot lines. she's a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always love jills books 13 May 2014
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love them, can get into straight away and cant put done til i have finished but find myself getting slower as i near the end as dont want it to finish..
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