Title: Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Author: Jill Mansell
First published January 1, 2013
352 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780755355877 (ISBN10: 0755355873)
In Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell, Dexter Yates is living the high life in London until tragedy strikes and he becomes the guardian of his eight-month-old niece. With no idea how to be a parent, he moves to the charming village of Briarwood where he meets Molly Hayes, a quirky comic-strip artist with a history of bad relationships.
As they become neighbors, they quickly realize there’s a spark between them. But before Dexter can fully embrace his new life, he must learn about Molly’s past and confront his own secrets.
Will he be able to adapt and become the parent Delphi needs? Find out in this heartwarming tale of love, family, and second chances.
About the Author
Jill Mansell resides in Bristol with her partner and children, dedicating her time to writing. However, in reality, she indulges in several distractions before getting down to writing.
She spends her time watching TV, munching on fruit gums, admiring rugby players practicing in the sports field behind her house, and browsing the internet, fascinated by the multitude of bloggers who are writers. Only when she exhausts all her diversions does she start writing.
Jill Mansell’s books have surpassed ten million copies sold, and her extensive catalog includes titles such as Making Your Mind Up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief, and Solo, among others.
Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, written by Jill Mansell and first published in January 2013, is a charming and witty romance novel that explores the unexpected twists and turns of life, love, and friendship in a small English seaside town. Mansell, a seasoned author of over 25 novels, is known for her uplifting and humorous writing style that has captured the hearts of readers worldwide.
The novel follows the lives of several characters, including Dexter, Molly, and her teenage daughter, Phoenix, each with their own unique challenges and aspirations. Dexter is a successful businessman who has relocated to the town of St. Carys to escape his past, but finds himself drawn to Molly, a local single mother who runs a tea shop.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is navigating the ups and downs of teenage life, including her first crush and the challenges of blending families after her mother starts dating Dexter. Mansell’s writing is infused with a sense of warmth and humor that makes the characters come alive, and the town of St. Carys feels like a real and lived-in place.
The dialogue is sharp and witty, and the plot moves along at a satisfying pace, with enough surprises and twists to keep readers engaged. One of the key themes of the novel is the idea that life is unpredictable, and that unexpected love and friendships can emerge from even the most unlikely situations.
Mansell also explores the dynamics of family and the ways in which our relationships with our parents and siblings can shape our lives. While Don’t Want to Miss a Thing is not a groundbreaking or deeply philosophical read, it is a delightful and heartwarming story that is sure to leave readers with a smile on their face.
However, the novel’s plot can at times feel predictable, and some of the characters are not as fully fleshed out as others. Overall, Don’t Want to Miss a Thing is a great choice for fans of lighthearted and humorous romance novels.
It is perfect for readers looking for an easy and enjoyable read that will leave them feeling happy and satisfied. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys authors like Sophie Kinsella or Marian Keyes.
On a scale of 1-5, I would give this book a rating of 3.5 stars.