This was so nearly last week’s book of the week – except that it didn’t get finished in time – and I can’t write a BotW post on something that isn’t over – after all it could all have gone terribly wrong in the last 100 pages. But it didn’t and it was still the best thing I read last week, even if I did finish it first thing on Monday (!) so here were are.
Jill Mansell’s latest book tells the story of Hallie, Flo and Tasha. At the start of the book we learn that Hallie has Cystic Fibrosis and is on the way to London for a possible transplant that could save her life. Hallie runs a website where she answers people’s problems – like an agony aunt (but in a good way) – and her correspondents tell her three things about them before they tell her their dilemma. As she travels to the hospital, she’s writing her three things – an explanation – revealing her identity and her situation, in case she doesn’t make it. Then we jump back to find out how we got to here…
The three stories intertwine in a way that I don’t really want to explain, except to say that it really works. I loved all the characters in this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry* and I think it may be my favourite of Jill Mansell’s books that I’ve read. It’s definitely an evolution from her novels that I’ve read – and its a really good evolution. I know I haven’t written a lot here – but I don’t want to give too much away. But if you like smart, funny books with a heart, then this may well be for you.
Three Amazing Things About You is out now in hardback and ebook. You can pick up a copy at all the usual place – and the supermarkets too – or if you can’t wait here are some links – Foyles, Waterstones, Kindle or my shop in My Independent Bookshop (which send money to my local indie)