This Could Change Everything

Author Jill Mansell

Narrated by Esther Wane

Published by Tantor Media

Publication date Jun 5, 2018

Running time 11 hrs 14 min

I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

International bestseller Jill Mansell crafts the perfect summertime tale, filled with love, friendship, and the power of redemption. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll never want the story to end.

All it takes is one email to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and just about ruin her life. Essie Phillips never meant for her private rant about her boss to be sent to everyone in her address book, but as soon as it goes viral, her life as she knows it is over. Solution: move to a new town, find a new job, make new friends. If only it were as simple as that . . .


I always enjoy Jill Mansell and this story offers twists, turns and uplifting vibes galore.  It starts off with Zilla,  an elderly female character who simply must be a nod to Armistead Maupin’s Mrs. Madrigal.  Although Zilla is not transgender, as I believe Mrs. Madrigal is, Jill catches many of the other salient parts of the character especially her magical way of finding the right tenants,her joie de vivres and her glamour. There’s alsoi a nod to the lovers of Miss Austen, as much of the story occurs in Bath.

The overriding theme is the idea presented in the title: one thing, consciously decided or accidentally occurring, can change everything in your life, and therefore completely change the future.

The other interesting aspects of the story are the convoluted relationships love interests have to take to get to each other.  There are also minor characters who prove there’s a lid for every pot even when others don’t especially like the pot. 

I found it interesting that the main character, Essie, comes to realize that her old boyfriend wasn’t the love of her life, but that she liked the convenience and ease the relationship offered. The warning signs are to the reader, it’s just the characters in the relationship who can’t see them.

But, I cannot decide if Essie is the main character in the book.  The book really seems to revolve around Zilla, the octogenarian landlady who affects pretty much everyone in her vicinity.  The plot offers Zilla a way to right wrongs from her past and she is the only character not bound for a love relationship.

Narrator, Esther Wane, is new to me, although I could swear I have heard her vocal characterizations before.  She does a great job with umpteen characters from the many different areas of the UK and both genders. It’s unusual, in my experience, for a woman to voice male characters as well as she does female characters but Wane pulls it off.

This is said to be a summer book, but while it certainly works in the summer it starts off right before the December holidays.  If you enjoy contemporary, clean, British romance this is a good choice!