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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332601
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,420 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 sure-fire bestseller' (Heat)

'Engaging, warm and funny' (Liverpool Echo)

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The latest delectable romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
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Staying at Daisy's is the latest in a string of delightful books by Jill Mansell. Mansell's forte is writing funny, charming stories that admittedly aren't deeply profound - but they aren't mindless and characterless pabulum either. Staying at Daisy's is about a woman who manages the country hotel owned by her totally irresponsible father, Hector. At the start of the novel, Daisy finds out that her husband is not what he seems to be on many levels, and throughout the story she's painfully reminded of what a jerk he really was. Her story is about learning to trust enough to take a big risk again. But along the way, we're treated to several lovely sub-plots (another one of Mansell's very strong points) involving Hector, an aging singing star, Tara the hapless chambermaid, a porter (who despite his devotion to Daisy, unwittingly brings her much pain), Daisy's goofy and lovable boyfriend, Tara's sweet (but definitely not prim and proper!) aunt Maggie, just to name a few. Oh, yeah - let's not forget Dev, the gorgeous and self-assured former rugby player turned management consultant who's out to prove to Daisy that she deserves more than goofy & lovable (and safe) in a man. Throw in a mutt of a dog, a baby, a philandering newlywed groom with a wife that turns out to be a bit of a surprise - well, you've got an entertaining and fast-paced story that you won't want to put down. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve - including the reader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 22 Aug. 2011
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So, what I've noticed about Jill Mansell after reading several of her books is that she becomes quite predictable after the first two books - as is the case with all romance writers. Her storylines and characters are more or less the same (with different names and titles). There's always the cheating bastard, and the flimsy (usually also cheating) best friend, with a splash of flamboyancy, and an obnoxious, hard to crack hero, and the sweet, insecure heroine. Add to that a few extras - these may take the shape of a dog, or a daughter, or a sister, or a porter, or a father-in-law - and you get yourself a Mansell.

This specific book reminded me so much of "To the Moon and Back". Surprisingly, and although this was written before, I enjoyed "To the Moon and Back" a lot more than this. That could be because it was actually the first book I ever read for her, and so nothing about it seemed predictable, and I found it hilarious, sweet and witty. But let's lay out the similarities shall we?

We have the: dead husband (albeit one a jerk, and the other a nice guy), a year gap after his death, and heroine still can't seem to let anyone in, enter dark brooding hero, flimsy best friend who has an affair with a married man, an elderly romance involving father (or father-in-law), and the male companion who the heroine goes out with because they seem to get along, only for it to not be right, and have him fall for the above mentioned flimsy best friend.

Uncanny right?

All of that being said, I did enjoy the book. I just did not enjoy it as much, because it was like reading the same book twice with slight amendments and a change of scenery. Also, I may be wrong, but I feel like Mansell doesn't really know how to create "I love you" moments.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2002
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Having read, enjoyed and kept all of Jill Mansells previous books, I was not disappointed with her new offering. This has been my favourite so far. I loved all the characters, the way their lives were interwoven together. Dev the lead man sounds yummy! A wonderful, light-hearted read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2003
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The title character of Staying at Daisy's is one of my favourite heroines in all of chicklit. She's smart, funny, kind-hearted, and runs her father's swanky country house hotel. She also has a rat of a husband, who has made her sceptical about relationships with men. Of course, Daisy is destined for a happy ending with Mr. Right, but how they get there is so much fun. The secondary characters in this one are entertaining and outrageous too. An unputdownable book, and a keeper on my bookshelf!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2002
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Staying at Daisy's a brilliant book by Jill Mansell, I had been looking forward to her latest book being published and Jill was true to form in producing an excellant read that I did'nt want to put down. You could loose yourself in the characters and feel as if you were at the hotel. In her amazing way of writting all the characters somehow touched on each others lives making it a truly enjoyable light hearted read with Daisy the main character seeing everyone else pair off finally getting to grips with her ideal man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Firth on 2 Jan. 2009
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I started this book, then for some strange reason i went into s reading lull where i couldnt be bothered to read anything (nothing to do with this book!) so i left it for a couple of months, when i finally picked it up sgain a couple of weeks ago i couldnt put it down and finished it in a couple of nights. it is another Mansell winner. she is still my fave chick-lit suthor.

I wasnt sure i would like Daisy at first, she seemed a bit pretentious, but she really grew on me as the book goes on. and the men are fab as [er usual. except Tara's spineless ex! i also loved the descriptions of the village as it felt you were really there and the hotel too. totally loved good old Hector!! and Clarissa was just adorable!
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