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Millie's Fling Paperback – 16 Aug 2001
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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.
Millie Brady's life changes when she saves Orla Hart's life because the boy friend who wanted her to move in with him stormed off in a huff. Millie isn't bothered and is happy to enjoy a man-free summer in Cornwall. But Orla is determined she should meet the man of her dreams.a delightfully frothy romantic comedy by the author of Good at Games, Kiss, Mixed Doubles et al.See all Product description
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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!!
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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