You And Me, Always by Jill Mansell


Book Description:

ABOUT YOU and THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT comes a deliciously romantic and poignant read about love, loss and how nothing can stay hidden for ever… If you love the novels of Cathy Kelly and Sophie Kinsella, you won’t want to miss Jill Mansell.

On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.

Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.

Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…

My Thoughts:

You And Me, Always is a really lovely story set in idyllic surroundings.

The story centres around the lovely and bubbly Lily. I could quite easily envision her through the authors description with her bouncing blonde curls. She is a wonderful character and through her we get to know two other important female characters in Lily’s life, Patsy and Coral.

Patsy is the sister of Dan and used to baby sit Lily. Patsy I felt so sorry for as she hasn’t had the easiest of love life’s and seems to go from one internet dating disaster to the next one. I have to say though her dates do bring some wonderful humour to the story.

Coral was Lily’s mum best friend and she is very much the mother figure through out the story. Coral has sadly lost her husband, which was her true love, and she has resigned herself to the fact that she could never feel that way about anyone else again.

All three characters bring something different to the story and I loved all three of them equally.

Dan, Lily’s friend from childhood and patsy’s younger brother, made an impact on me right from the start. I loved his cheeky and happy character and the friendship between him and Lily was lovely. Things are certainly never dull where this two are concerned.

You And Me, Always is a surprisingly uplifting story which reminds the reader of how never to give up on love. If we look hard enough it could even be right under our noses!

Many thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

You And Me, Always is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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