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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Audiobook Review: This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

Happy Galentines day! Yup – tis the day to lavish your gal-pals with lots of love. Tell them how much they mean to you. Send them something special – even if it’s just a virtual hug. Love comes in so many different forms, and the deep love that exists between friends is so very important…

And that leads me nicely into today’s audiobook review for Jill Mansell’s stunning This Could Change Everything. This was my most recent choice for my Audible download of the month- and I couldn’t have chosen better.

Before I get into the heart of the review, can I just give the biggest shout-out to its amazing narrator, Imogen Church. She is awesome and frankly, I’d like to hire her to read me a bed-time story every night for the rest of my life. Accents and humour and panache and timing – yep I have a girl crush. I only finished listening last night- but Imogen, I’m missing you!

Sooo- onto the book itself. This could Change Everything is warm, funny and moving and has at its heart one of my favourite characters of all time in the shape of Zillah – a super-stylish and sassy octogenarian with a penchant for fabulous hats and changing people’s lives.

When Essie’s life implodes, things feel like they are about to take a turn for the (even) worse- when by sheer coincidence she meets Zillah. As Essie begins to adjust to the new shape of her life, she finds herself a part of the complex community of characters that revolve around her new place of work, The Red House, and the beautiful Percival Square.

Jill Mansell’s superpower seems to be writing characters that are so real, you feel like you’re inside the story with them. They are 3-dimensional - fallible and warm and loathsome and likeable in turn. And so bloody funny.

It’s rare that I say this about an audiobook- but I know that I’ll be listening to this one again and again. And I’ll also be picking up a hardback copy for when I want to read it too. I adore this book and everything about it. With its themes of kindness and friendship, cause and effect, and the links that exist between one human being and another, this is a unique story that you’ll want to lose yourself in again and again.

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The Blurb:

If only Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that went viral...

On the one hand, if Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that only her best friend was meant to see - then she'd still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding...

On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn't accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn't have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Zillah and Conor - not to mention Lucas. And she'd never have found out just how much life there is to be lived....

And she wouldn't have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn't fall in love with...

About The Author:

Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT, TO THE MOON AND BACK, YOU AND ME, ALWAYS and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the RNA's Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.

Jill's personal favourite amongst her novels is THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.

Jill started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. Her first book was published in 1991 and she is now a full-time novelist. She is one of the few who still write their books by hand, like a leftover from the dark ages. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter @JillMansell and Facebook. You can also visit her website www.jillmansell.co.uk


  1. I love the sound of this novel Laura, I must add it to my tbr.

    1. I think you'd love it Adele - so heartwarming and real - and the characters are just delicious x