Today dear reader I am on the blog tour for Should I Tell You? (Published by Headline on 9 June 2022) By Jill Mansell. A big thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to read and review, always appreciated. Also to the lovely Anne for the invite to take part, always a pleasure to work with.
Should I Tell You?
Amber, Lachlan and Raffaele met as teenagers in the seaside home of kind-hearted foster parents. Arriving in glorious Cornwall was the best thing that ever happened to them – and now, as adults, their bond is stronger than ever.
But Amber has a secret. She’s in love with Lachlan. She can’t confess her feelings because that would never work. Restless Lachlan dates a lot and definitely isn’t the settling-down type. Surely it’s better to keep him as a friend than to risk losing him for good?
Raffaele has his own dilemma. He had the dream girlfriend in Vee, until it all went horribly wrong . . . and he still can’t understand why. Is Vee hiding something from him?
Now their widowed foster dad Teddy thinks he’s found love again. Younger, charming and strikingly beautiful, is Olga as perfect as she seems? Or will she end up breaking Teddy’s heart?
Against a backdrop of sparkling seas and sunny skies, the unexpected is always just around the corner. Welcome to Lanrock!
About The Author
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want 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 started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.
The narrative follows mostly Amber, Lachlan and Raffaele who all share a strong bond as they were all raised by foster parents Teddy and May. Years later after they have all grown up and left the confined comforts of their Cornish seaside home Lanrock, they still remain friends. Amber and Lachlan came back home after a few years and both have jobs they are passionate about. Amber works at Lanrock Glass and Lachlan works in a restaurant slicing and dicing to his heart’s content. Now Raffaele is joining them as he has recently brought a barber’s shop and plans to set up his own salon. A plan he hopes will help heal his broken heart after the breakdown of his relationship with Vee. The three musketeers are reunited and just in time as Teddy, their foster dad has come back from a long cruise with a new, glamorous girlfriend in the form of Olga. She loves high end fashion and money which sets alarm bells ringing for the three. They fear Teddy will be strung along and left broken hearted. Does Olga truly love Teddy? Will Amber and Lachlan finally admit their feelings for each other? And will Raffaele find out the real reason Vee left him when they were perfect for each other?
The setting for this story was a beauty to absorb. The gentle sounds of the waves, the colourful sunsets against a calm sea as chips and fish were devoured. It was bliss. I could feel the sand between my toes and fell in love with Lanrock. I didn’t want to leave. I loved every second.
The dynamics of the characters worked brilliantly. Amber is secretly in love with Lachlan and in turn Lachlan thinks the world of Amber. But neither will tell the other in fear that it will ruin their friendship. Lachlan is also not the settling down type as he is focused on his career and doesn’t commit or have relationships. I could feel so much tension whenever these two characters were together on the page. The yearning and desire to be together was intense. I found myself screaming at the page for them to just kiss already.
I adore the mixture of characters that you are always bound to meet in a Mansell book. They help bring the book alive and make sure that you have a good time during your stay. They make you smile, laugh and cry while making you feel a sense of belonging that welcomes you with warm comforting arms. It’s a feeling I will never, never grow tried of. How could I? I always find myself smiling so much when reading a Mansell book that my face aches when I finish. And I am always sad to leave.
I give Should I Tell You? By Jill Mansell a Five out of Five paw rating
You are always, always guaranteed great company when you embark upon a Mansell book. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with the beauty that is Lanrock. I plan on visiting again, very, very soon.
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