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Another Terrific Mansell,
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This review is from: Staying at Daisy's (Paperback)
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!