Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell‘s Rumor Has It departs somewhat from the romantic comedies she’s written previously in that it tackles tough issues of acceptance, compassion, and tragedy.  Mansell has a writing style that will make readers stand up and pay attention as well as fall of their chairs in laughter.

“Normally she could shave her legs without incident in two minutes flat, but tonight — OK, probably because she’d given herself half a dozen razor cuts and the shower had ended up looking like the one in Psycho.  Then, having stubbed her tow against the chest of drawers in the bedroom, she’d managed to drop the hairdryer on her other foot.”  (page 67 of ARC)

“‘Bloody hell,’ complained Max, just home from a meeting with a client in Bristol.  ‘You’d think I was threatening you with a night in a torture chamber having your ribs cracked without anesthetic.'”  (page 133 of ARC)

Tilly Cole leaves London for Roxborough when her live-in boyfriend abandons their apartment when she’s at work.  She becomes a “Girl Friday” for a suburban family led by an interior designer, Max Dineen.  She’s thrilled to have an out and to be near her friend Erin.

Tilly has sworn off men and is prepared to step into her role as Girl Friday until she meets Jack Lucas, a man with a severe reputation as a philanderer.  He’s to die for, but he should be ignored because all he does is break women’s hearts.  Tilly fights her passion for him on many occasions, but Mansell does not get overly melodramatic with the love triangles she creates.  In fact, she uses humor to illustrate the social ineptitude of her characters.

“But since he wasn’t stupid, he couldn’t really think that.  The chemistry between them was inescapable; there was a crackling electricity in the air that only a turnip could miss.”  (page 219 of ARC)

From down-to-earth Tilly to her loyal friend Erin and conceited Stella, Mansell creates a cast of characters who are fun to watch and be around.  At times, they make stupid decisions, but doesn’t everyone?  Rumor Has It has everything you need in a beach read, a quick read, and a moment of entertainment on a train ride.  Mansell is a fantastic comedic writer, but she also has the skill to deal with more tragic topics such as death and trying to fit in knowing that you are a social outsider.

Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of Rumor Has It for review.  If you pick up a copy to read, you’ll probably notice a quote from my blog on the back.


  1. I saw your blurb on the back! How cool was that?!

    This was my first exposure to Mansell and I liked her a lot. And you were no small part in my giving her a try.

  2. I loved this book. So far, I’ve found you can’t go wrong with a Jill Mansell book. Her characters are great. And congrats on Sourcebooks using your quote!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..The BEA Post, or I Need Another Vacation to Recover From This Vacation! =-.

  3. Jill Mansell says

    Hi Serena
    Thanks a million for the terrific review – and thanks for not giving away who dies, as another reviewer did!
    I’m thrilled you liked the book.
    Jill x

  4. It is good for us to read books like this now and again. Too much war and misery is bad for the soul!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Heart Is Not a Size – Beth Kephart =-.

  5. Thanks for this review, Serena. I haven’t read anything by this author – but it sounds like she writes funny chick lit (which I love to read in between more serious books). This one goes on my wish list 🙂

  6. This sounds like a good one, Serena. As you said, perfect for the beach. 🙂 Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Question of the Day: Book Buying =-.

  7. I am looking forward to reading this one.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? =-.

  8. bookworm says

    this sounds like a fun summer read. Very cool that theres a quote from your blog on the back!