The One You Really Want
Author Jill Mansell
Narrated by Heather Wilds
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Apr 5, 2016
Running time 13 hrs 19 min
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
When Nancy discovers that the expensive jewelry her husband’s been buying isn’t for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen’s posh Chelsea town house to sort things out.
Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in love with the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want. https://tantor.com/the-one-you-really-want-ill-mansell.htmlWhen Nancy realises that the jewellery her husband’s being buying is NOT for her, it’s time to decamp – to her friend Carmen’s luxury London flat. Soon Nancy’s met gorgeous Connor O’Shea, who lives next door, and his daughter Mia is matchmaking – not least because she’d like to see the back of Connor’s current pushy girlfriend. While widowed Carmen feels a spark when a handsome charity worker called Joe calls round. But Joe’s not quite all he seems… – See more at: http://jillmansell.co.uk/the-books/#sthash.NKYuV2q4.dpuf
I like Jill’s books (I’ve read three so we’re on familiar terms, right?). They leave the sex off the page, but there’s plenty of sexual tension. The pieces all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle — perhaps a bit too easily, but there are no loose pieces at the end.
I liked this one because the theme seems to be how people underestimate, or in one case over-estimate, each other. While it seems, at first, that the story revolves around Carmen, whose rock god husband od’ed, in my mind it really revolves around Rose, Nancy’s mother. First, Nancy underestimates her mother in her strength and resilience, and in how modern and savvy she is. Nancy sees Rose pining away for her late husband, frail and less than capable. Hah! If nothing else, Rose could knit people into submission.
Carmen is dealing with the grief of losing her husband and the issues that being really rich and not having a purpose can cause. In a sense her money is holding her hostage. Thank goodness for old friends.
This goes on throughout the book as we learn that we don’t really know everything about the people we love. And, each character learns important truths and grows up a little.
I also loved how Rose was characterized by Jill, and voiced by Heather. She calls everyone “Pet,” and I was charmed. The younger version of Rose is a little too young be as seamlessly savvy as Nancy, but she seems preternaturally wise. And on that younger end of the taking it all in spectrum, she is a promising future Rose.
So, while people are always in the process of getting together they don;t hook up much on the page. This one is sweeter than it is steamy, but it is a very enjoyable read/listen.