>"Rumor Has It" by Jill Mansell
Londoner Tilly Cole walks into her home one day to discover her live-in boyfriend of many years has “done a runner.” Startled by just how heartbroken she doesn’t feel, Tilly gets away to visit her friend Erin in Roxborough, out in the Cotswolds, for a little fresh air and time to regroup. It’s there that she meets Max Dineen, a local single dad, and his daughter Lou — as well as Jack Lucas, the “tragic widower” whose gorgeous physique competes with his wit and friendly manner in terms of grabbing Tilly’s attention.
Knowing she has little left for her in London and eager to begin a new phase of her life, Tilly takes a job working as Max and Lou’s “Girl Friday,” helping out with Max’s interior decorating business and generally being a pal and helper for teenage Lou. When Kaye, Lou’s mom and Max’s ex-wife, is caught up in a Hollywood scandal and returns to England, Tilly immediately worries her easy relationship with the Dineens will be threatened — and her services no longer required. But it’s not as simple as all that.
The character in Jill Mansell’s story are fun and eclectic. Her writing is fast paced and witty. The characters are charismatic with distinct personality. Though the plotline is somewhat predictable, girl meets boy and then decides not to like him and further they cannot be togather for some silly reasons and then at the end they can…typical chick lit, cute love story. The story is light and funny and fast paced. Perfect for this summer.
But if possible borrow it, don’t buy..not a keeper.