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Nadia Knows Best by [Mansell, Jill]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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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

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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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075533261X
  • Publisher: Review (10 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZR9U
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this one...easy read
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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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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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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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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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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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It usually takes me a long time to read books (a matter of months) This is usually due to lack of time due to college committments. However I read this book in around 3 weeks.

I loved every minute of it. I loved how no character was clearly black or white, they all had thier grey areas and were all very lovable, especially Jay.

The multi-strand storylines that Jill always does so well were up to thier usuall standard.
Every character has thier own story and I was captivated by them all.
The range of character kept the story interesting also e.g. Tilly, a 13 year old girl, and Miriam, Nadia's grandmother.

I like the fact that this book isn't obvious and predictable but still doesn't disappiont.
I recommend this book to all fans of Jill Mansell and Chick-lit novels, and even those that aren't. It's a fantastic read.
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I too am quite the fan of Jill Mansell, Fast Friends being a particular favorite of mine, JM books require little thought and i usually pick them up when I have a shortage of other novels....
Thankfully i brought this book in the sale otherwise i would be rather upset that i had been robbed! The story is a good one and does grab you quite quickly and yes i found it hard to put it down, i was really looking forward to seeing how everything would be settled........ still waiting!

It just leaves rather alot unfinshed, that business between Suzy, Laurie and Nadia being one example of around 5 situations that were never fully finished....

It was an ok book, very enjoyable but totally rushed towards the end leaving too many loose ends.... deadline arrive sooner that thought JM??????
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