Title – You and Me, Always
Author – Jill Mansell
Publication Date – January 28th 2016 by Headline Review
ISBN – 9781472208897
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Every year since she was eight, Lily has opened a letter from her mother on her birthday. She died when Lily was a child. Now, Lily is twenty-five and this will be the last letter.
As Lily learns more about the first and only love of her mother’s life she meets Eddie Tessler. He’s run away from his life and may have the ability to change Lily’s in unbelievable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has a secret he’s been hiding for years and doesn’t want to see Lily swept up by Eddie’s charms and attention.
When secrets start to come out, Lily’s family and friends become involved. Nothing in Lily’s life will ever be the same.
I received a copy of You and Me, Always from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the first book by Jill Mansell I’ve read.
This book is set in a small village in England called Stanton Langley. It’s so small that everyone knows everyone and there are very few secrets. I live in a small town too but thankfully it’s not that bad. I don’t know a lot of people that live here.
The love lives of the characters in You and Me, Always are so complicated, especially poor Patsy. I get why she wanted to find someone to spend her life with but most of the time when you do find someone, it’s because you’re not looking. I think if I was Patsy I would have given up on internet dating long before she did. Not that I’ve ever actually considered it.
Then there’s Dan. It was pretty easy to figure out what his problem was. So I also understand why he did what he did I think he went about it the wrong way. That’s not going to make any kind of sense unless you’ve read the book but I’m giving nothing away 😉
I really liked most of the characters in You and Me, Always. That hardly ever happens. There were the obvious ones that I didn’t like but they weren’t in it for long so they hardly count. I really enjoyed the friendship between Lily, Patsy and Coral. They had a really strong bond between them. I also enjoyed the banter Lily had with Dan.
When Lily meets Eddie, a major celebrity, and they start to grow closer, Lily is introduced into another world and with that comes consequences. With those consequences come secrets that threaten to ruin a friendship she’s had her whole life. Lily is such a strong, independent young woman who knows what she wants.
I really enjoyed You and Me, Always. If Mansell’s other books are like this I may have to check them out at some point. I was worried this would be a cheesy romance because of the title but the synopsis had me intrigued. I’m glad I gave it a chance and didn’t judge it.
*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
Have you read You and Me, Always? Or any other books by Jill Mansell? Leave me a comment with some recommendations 🙂