Review: To the Moon and Back – Jill Mansell

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Pages: 448
Date Published: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: For review
Hiding from her past, Ellie is looking for a fresh start. But then an old friend tracks her down, forcing her to face what she has been trying so hard to escape. Meanwhile her boss Zack seems to have it all, everything except the woman he loves.
My thoughts:
I know what I get when I read a book by Jill Mansell and I do like that. Since this one takes place in London the same quaint English village feeling is not there, instead we have the lovely city to watch and everything else that is there.
Ellie is happy and in love, but then her husband dies and everything changes. The book sure starts with a heartbreaking beginning. The book continues 15 months later and she is dealing with the loss and she still talks to him. She is afraid to let go and move on. But everything is about to change when her father in law shows up, sets her up in his house, and she gets a new job.
I did like Ellie, she felt real and I wished she would be happy and fall in love again. Her father in law Tony was great too, a really sweet man who also gets a love story in this book. Then we have Todd, who was in the car with Jamie when he died. Ellie still blames him, but like with all Mansell books Todd will find happiness too. Then we have Ellie’s new friend Roo who was a breath of fresh air, and she is dealing with her own relationship trouble. And at last, Ellie’s new hot boss Zack who has fancied her ever since he saw her at a restaurant and he could not forget her.
As always there is a great cast of characters and Mansell does not leave you disappointed. There are HEAs everywhere to be found. It will take a while for all to find them, but they will. And that is why her books are so great because people find happiness, but I also like that before that happiness comes along they meet the wrong people, make the wrong decisions and slowly let the love they do find grow. It takes time to fall in love.
I never know where to place these books. I would not see them as chic-lit as they are something more,  they are not contemporary romance since, well, I do not know. I always feel that she is in a genre of her own.
If you like her books then you will enjoy this book too.  If you are a newbie to her books then give it a go. It has a bit of everything, romance, heartache and it is just sweet.
Sweet and fun



40 thoughts on “Review: To the Moon and Back – Jill Mansell

  1. Missie says:

    I have yet to read any Jill Mansell, though I have heard a great deal of praise for her. I'm so happy to hear about the HEAs after all the heartbreak and loss.

  2. Aurian says:

    I used to read Jill Mansell in Dutch, and my sister still collects them. Don't know why I don't read them in English, I used to really enjoy them. I promise to pick one up soon.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    Chrisit sure is :)FeliciaI hope you do, since you already got two ;)AudraI think the book would be perfect for just thatLindaI hope you get the chance to read one πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca says:

    Cuuuute cover! But then, I think all of her covers are pretty cute ;o)Okay, it's officially time to move up Jill Mansell in my To Read list :o)

  5. Nina says:

    Can you believe that I haven't read a book written by Jill Mansell? I really haven't. I always see these books at the chicklit shelves and chicklit is not my favourite genre. But I love the covers these books have. πŸ˜‰ Great review. I may expand my horizon with chicklit novels. πŸ˜‰

  6. Vivienne says:

    Fab review hun. I don't think I have ever read a Jill Mansell book but I did meet her earlier in the year at the Headline event and she was lovely.

  7. anachronist says:

    Anybody remembers that song by Savage Garden "To the Moon and Back"? Nice…unfortunately not for me. I am a freak, I know. So many pink I would love to smear it with a nice black ink.

  8. Jade says:

    I have yet to read Jill Mansell, but I have two of her books on my TBR list. I have a paperback and an ebook. I'll definitely have to pick one of them up soon! I keep hearing great things about her.

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    MissieIt was lovely cos yes the beginning was just so sad 😦 I would find it so hard to move on.BermudaThen you are gonna like this one too!JennyIt took me a while to read her but when I finally did I so enjoyed her books, and she has written many more ;)AurianIf you used to enjoy them then you really should read them again, in Dutch even :=)RebeccaThey sure are πŸ˜€ She is lucky.I think the time has indeed come. Mansell reading time.CarrieI am sure you would enjoy her books

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    NinaLol, no worries πŸ˜‰ Neither had I a few years back. Also they are so much more than chick-lit since they are quite serious too so do give them a goNiseI am glad to hear that :DVivienneI am so jealous now! I love that you get to meet cool authorsCarolI do think you would enjoy her booksAnaI do πŸ˜€ I liked that song *singing it my head*Lol, you know it is quite serious too behind that pinknessJadeI hope you enjoy those two books you got. She is funny, they are wonderful and just nice

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaShe does have a lot of books to choose from. I have read 4 πŸ™‚ And they are all just so lovely in their own ways so I could not help you to chooseAmusedSame feeling here πŸ˜€ They do cheer you right up

  12. Mari - Escape In A Book says:

    Lovely review, I have hope for the Mansell novel I own now since you enjoy her books πŸ™‚ I've never read any of Jill Mansell's novels but I own one of them. The title has the word man in it, that is all I remember.

  13. Blodeuedd says:

    MelI know πŸ˜€ I do like that feeling and I am still surprised too about certain events.StaciI hope you enjoy it too!CecileAll is well, we just had our 3 year anniversary last night πŸ™‚ How the years go by.The books are really sweet and like Mel above said, comforting.Hope you are doing good!StephI know, cos that is hard, even if I like one book by an author the next one can be meh, but Mansell is just always good so farMelissaLol, you can totally do sweet

  14. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaOh you meanie πŸ˜‰ Do you want the poor woman to be miserable and not find love again? *sad sad sad puppy eyes*AnnaI hope you like it too!BuckyAnd it is so lovely to know that she has a big backlist so there is always something to readMariHm, man…oh, ok must google. I mean I have only read 3 so I am not an expert ;)JennyIt is just a familiar lovely feeling., I need that tooYvonneI hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

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