Welcome to my stop on this blog tour which has the honour of being able to wish Happy Publication Day to It Started with a Secret as it’s hitting shelves on this very day!
I think everyone can agree that some sort of strange time-warp takes place around this point in January – you cannot believe that somehow there is still over a week of this endless month left, so you try your hardest to distract from the daily grind in any way possible. Well, I’m here to tell you that Jill Mansell is the ideal distraction!
It Started with a Secret talks of things that seem like a distant memory right now like sunshine… and beaches… and wearing shorts… and alfresco drinks on the terrace… Yes, let those lovely warm thoughts of summer wash over you and transport you to the fictional village of St.Carys in Cornwall, where the book is set. There, we meet a whole host of likeable characters. Many of whom, as the title suggests, are harbouring a secret.
Sir Richard Myles is a fabulous old-school Hollywood actor who, now in his 80s, lives in a beautiful house overlooking the sea with his family. They need help looking after the house (and their lives) so hire the super-charming Lainey and Kit. As time goes on, their lives intertwine with various family members, leading to some twists, turns and mis-steps that combine to create this charming story.
This my first book by Jill Mansell as romantic comedy is not a genre I read often and – actually – only one I really warmed to last year thanks to a few romantic books (specifically Our Stop and The Flatshare) that melted my cold heart. I loved dipping into the cosy cocoon this book created as sometimes – especially in January – you just need to read something that ramps up the feel-good factor and puts a smile on your face.
/ Published by Headline Review 23rd January 2020
/ 416 pages
/ Rating: 4/5
About the Author:
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including Take a Chance on Me which won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Prize. In 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award. Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel. 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.