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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell


Even in a small town the drama is larger than life...
Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he'd never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo's sister Abbie has a problem of her own-husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she's determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage?
The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places...

About the Author

With over 4 million copies sold, Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny romantic tales for women in the tradition of Jilly Cooper and Catherine Alliott. She worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.


  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402237510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402237515


I think Jill Mansell has topped herself with this book.  My chick lit book group has chosen Jill's books several times and we always have enjoyed them.  This one has it all -- comedy, romance, great characters and a lot of action.  The plot is really believable which is a real treat in chick lit since you sometimes have to suspend belief in order to enjoy them.  I loved Cleo and Johnny especially and the rest of the cast aren't too shabby either.  There are lots of little subplots to keep you turning the pages.  This is a nice story to get you in the mood for fall.  If you enjoy Sophie Kinsella and Harriet Evans, you will like this as well.


  1. It looks good, I'll have to check it out. I actually haven't ready any of her books!

  2. hey! I just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award at

  3. I like Jill Mansell and have this one on my wishlist.

    I also enjoyed Rumour Has it by Jill Mansell.


  4. Thanks so much Mary, for the fab review. So thrilled you enjoyed Take a Chance. Although I was slightly startled to read that I'd topped myself - here in the UK that means I've commited suicide...!!
    Jill x

  5. So glad I stopped back nd saw Jill's comment. I finally read this and Millie's Fling last month and really liked them. Will have to pace myself now.


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