THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU – Jill Mansell

three amazing things5 star

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Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her; he’s even single. But he’s out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie hasn’t got long to live.

Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more…

Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.

THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. She’s about to get a new heart. But whose heart is it?

Well I must be getting soft in my old age – not only for doling out another 5 stars! (Steady on Storm) but for giving those 5 stars to a lovey-dovey chick lit?!! Goodness gracious!

‘Three Amazing Things About You’ tells us the individual stories of three women; Hallie Tasha, and Flo.

Hallie’s story is both heart-wrenching and inspirational. Suffering with Cystic Fibrosis, yet never bitter or self-pitying, she spends her time as an online agony aunt – preferring to help people with their problems and never judging them as trivial compared to what she is going through. Hallie’s heart is aching for her off-limits GP. Believing she will never find love before her untimely death, Hallie is just desperately sad, yet always smiling. And the reader cant help but feel frustration at the actually not-so-unrequited love…

Tasha’s story is hilarious and romantic in equal measure. Meeting the love of her life in the most embarrassing of scenarios – that renders her with the glamorous nickname ‘Bin girl’, Tasha and Rory’s whirlwind romance will really melt the iciest of hearts. And the comic relief that comes mainly from their respective best friends, Carmel and Joe, will have you laughing out loud…

Then we have the story of Flo. Who has inherited a flat from an elderly friend that she used to help. Well actually, said elderly friend’s cat has inherited the flat, and Flo has been named custodian of said cat – she will live there until the cat dies; an arrangement that the spoilt, selfish granddaughter of the deceased, Lena, is none best pleased with. The warm-hearted and quick-witted Flo has also found love, unfortunately with Lena’s brother, which does make life quite difficult – but they’re in love so who cares…

Of course, when everyone is so loved up and we’re all smiley, happy people… tragedy is inevitable going to strike. And doesn’t it just?! And damn did my falsely marketed ‘waterproof’ mascara not end up leaving me looking all Alice Cooper-esque! My heart was melting from these beautiful stories of love and romance, and you really could feel how genuinely in love these people were and it was all just gorgeous; then that same heart was thoroughly broken. I bawled and bawled like you wouldn’t believe, like I couldn’t believe! The stories of our three leading ladies all of a sudden become one story, and although some might find it all a bit quaint (in fact I probably would have, had I not already been reeled in by the fantastic characters) it had me still crying at the last page!

And talking of fantastic characters, it is not only our leads that you will warm to. Even the supporting characters are all fabulous; Bea, Carmel, Joe, Margot, Patrick, Lena – ok Lena is infuriating and vile but still brilliantly so, I feel she adds a good, realistic balance to all these ‘uber-lovely’ people.

Throughout the book you are also treated to snippets from threeamazingthingsaboutyou.com; Hallie’s problem page where she poses as ‘Rose’. Lots of ‘Dear Rose’ dilemmas are peppered throughout the story, almost feeling like interval entertainment – and sometimes it feels good to have a quick ‘commercial break’ from all the heart-wrenching stuff.

Overall, this one was a fabulous read. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. And will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

My thanks to the publisher for providing this book for review.

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  1. I think I’ll have to revisit Jill Mansell 🙂 I like the sound of this one!

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