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Reviewed by Kira Slaughter
When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she's ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn't need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company…
Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can't stop thinking about won't give him a second glance. If only she'd pay him the same attention she lavishes on his dog.
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Moving to North London, Ellie meets neighbour Roo who has a secret of her own. Can the girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year in Primrose Hill…
You all should, by now, know what a massive Jill Mansell fan I am. Not one book of hers has passed under my radar that I haven’t read; They’re all fabulously fun reads that can’t fail to make the reader smile or laugh out loud. This one included.
To The Moon and Back is about Ellie, a newly widowed woman in her late twenties who is finding it increasingly difficult to carry on her life without her beloved husband, Jamie. Her job is making her unhappy and the flat that she and Jamie shared is bringing back too many painful memories for her. Jamie’s dad Tony steps in and tries to help Ellie out by offering her the chance to move into a fancy new flat he’s bought in Primrose Hill. Ellie is, at first, reluctant to leave behind the flat that she and Jamie had shared for so many years, yet like Tony said to her many times, she needs to start moving on.
So Ellie moves in and is sorting out her new flat when she meets her new neighbor Roo, who at first is very rude to Ellie yet later apologises for her behavior and they are soon firm friends. So when Roo overhears a conversation in a café about a job vacancy, she sets Ellie on the path to getting the new job she’s been wanting for the last few years.
As the story developed I was dying for Ellie and Zack get together and the tension that is created between them is brilliant and had me flipping the pages so fast I was in danger of getting multiple paper cuts! This book is a lighthearted, wonderful read that will have you tearing up one minute and chuckling out loud the next. Purchase your own copy at your peril as, once you get into it, nothing will get done.