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A Walk in the Park

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,775 ratings  ·  359 reviews
It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara's back and able to share her happiness. Evie's about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 423 pages
Published 2012 by Headline
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Susan Buchanan
Another hit from Jill. Loved Flynn, the love interest. Also the gangsta rapper with a secret, the effeminate jewellery store owner, Aunt Nettie and even the 'toad' Janice. Lots of lovely characters, some of whom were a tad stereotypical, but loved them nonetheless. A few surprises along the way shocked me . Plenty to hold your interest. Plus the family dynamic, as well as the relationships between love rat Joel and his long suffering girlfriend and his larger than life family made it all the mor ...more
SOS Aloha
If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. - Dolly Parton

Jill Mansell’s new title, A WALK IN THE PARK, was just that – a walk in the park. It was engaging, enlightening, and surprising. It kept my attention with its warmth, spunk, and humor. Mansell even offered a secondary character ala Dolly Parton, as if she had been transplanted from Dollywood to the Lake District!

A WALK IN THE PARK kicks off with a homecoming – Lara returns to Bath for her father’s funeral – a fat
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M.B.
A few years ago (not saying exactly how many, I don't want to admit I'm old) I read pretty much every book Jill Mansell released. When I say read, I devoured them in matter of hours then re read them a few weeks later because I was jealous of the journey these women went on to find the loves of their lives. Why could that never happen to me?

Then I stopped reading Chick Lit because there were too many books that started to read the same. I understand it's hard to find a story that is completely d
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Bookworm
A Walk in the Park started off with a bang. I whizzed right through the first hundred pages or so, but then the story began to get bogged down with too many different storylines and too many different characters. I don't know, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one.

The book did pick up again towards the end, but I felt like overall, at 448 pages, it was just too lengthy. I think Jill Mansell has a knack for writing fun and quirky characters that you kind of wish you knew in real life
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Wendy Hines
I think I've read almost every book Jill Mansell has wrote. She's an auto-read. The only problem I have with her books is that they are like potato chips. Once I start, I can't stop. So I waited until I had a nice long evening where I would be uninterrupted to delve into A Walk in the Park.

Whew!What a fabulous read! When Lara's mother died, her father took up with another woman and married her. Janice never liked Lara and wanted her gone and used every thing she could think of to make it happen
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Nan
This may wind up being a five star book for me. I'll have to give it time to mull over before I'm willing to add that extra star, though.

There's a certain ineffable sweetness about Jill Mansell's books. I've been trying to explain it to my friends for the past few days. In her books, characters are rarely mean. There may be a tosser or two, as you'd see in real life, but most of the characters are simply good people trying to be better and make good decisions. They never set out to hurt other pe
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Joy
May 13, 2013 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of British chick lit
I loved this book!
Luanne Ollivier
It seems like there has been nothing but rain, rain and more rain lately. So, I decided that yet another rainy day was the right time to pick something light and fun to read. Jill Mansell's latest book - A Walk in the Park - was the perfect antidote for all that rain.

Lara was just sixteen when her father kicked her out of the family home, but her stepmother had a hand in that decision. So she left Bath, England without a word to anyone - not her best friend Evie or her boyfriend Flynn. Lar never
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Best Books To Read
Another year has passed since I read one of Jill’s books and I was so looking forward to her new one. I got mine in the post and realised that it was in usual Mansell style a reasonable sized book with over 400 pages and a gorgeous cover inviting me to start reading! Within the first four chapters I realised that my plans for the evening were finished. There would be no cooking or cleaning done, all that would happen is that traipse back and forth to the kettle whilst still reading the book.

Lara
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Carolyn Hill
I had seen Jill Mansell's books recommended as British chick lit, so, being in the mood for fun and light fare with a British accent, I thought I'd try one. Unfortunately, this book fell flat. Very fluffy romance, totally predictable, silly plot (the U.S. rapper bit was not only extraneous but totally unbelievable), and didn't even make good use of its wonderful setting in Bath (hardly any description at all). As I'm a serious Anglophile, I want to soak up all the flavors of a British setting fr ...more
Suad Shamma
So, as all Jill Mansell novels, this was a book filled with drama, humour, and very quirky characters. The past few books I reviewed for Mansell, I had been quite disappointed and letdown by the storylines, especially all the redundancies and similarities between plots.

This one though, finally, was different and Mansell came through in the end. I can now say I actually really enjoyed reading this book! Sure, it's predictable in certain areas, and you kind of figure out what's going to happen way
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Karschtl
I have almost all of Jill Mansell books and have read some of them so far as well. When I saw her newest book on the hotel bookshelf while on holiday I picked it up and immediately read it. But unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.
The characters weren't especially likable. Not that they were not likable, I just felt indifferent about them. The only (at least a bit) interesting couple for me was the best friend and the hotel guy. The side story about the US-Rapper was completely
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Ariana
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Emma
Mar 12, 2014 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys chick-lit
Recommended to Emma by: Carrie Hope Flectcher
This book was my second Jill Mansell read, and I bought it shortly after reading "An offer you can't refuse" both of which were recommened by Carrie Hope Flecther (aka ItsWayPastMyBedTime on youtube). I loved "An offer you can't refuse" it was and still is one of my favourite books (I'm currently re-reading it) and I hoped this book was going to be just as good.

I wasn't disappointed.

This book was heart-warming and funny, sad, romantic and just brilliant in all the right places. And Jill Mansell
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Ginger
First off, this is a "new to me" author. I was pleasantly surprised! There were some predictable aspects of it, as well as a few surprises thrown in. If it hadn't been for the surprises, I'd have probably given this a little lower rating. I was confused a couple of times with the British humor, but figured it out eventually. I'm willing to try other books by this author.
Emylie
I can't wait to read this one!

update: loved it. Not surprised. Probably one of my top five favourites by Mansell. I just love how her writing style brings you right into the mix. It took me one afternoon in the park to finish this one-pure escapism.
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
After only discovering Jill Mansell last year with the wonderful To the Moon and Back I’m definitely a newbie fan of her books but she’s already fast becoming one of my favourite chick-lit writers. A Walk in the Park is Jill’s twenty third novel a huge landmark and testament to how beloved Jill Mansell is as an author. She truly is a chick-lit legend and after reading three of her books (To the Moon and Back, An Offer You Can’t Refuse, and now A Walk in the Park) I can certainly see why she’s su ...more
Kristen
The book focuses on Lara, home to Bath after eighteen years, the secret she’s been keeping and her relationship with Flynn.

At first I thought Lara is so self-righteous, when she reveals her secret to Flynn and tries to turn the tables and be angry at him. I felt he had every right to feel and say what he did. She does eventually grow on me, but it took me some time to get past what I thought of as her un-justified anger.

I always love the secondary characters in Mansell’s books and A Walk in the
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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One downside to getting into really good book is reading the last sentence. The sad feeling that you’re saying goodbye to characters you’ve come to know and love. That’s what happened to me after reading A Walk In The Park. It held me captivated and longing to find the time to read more. I think a big part of its appeal for me was the wonderful characters that Ms. Mansell created. Not just the main ones, but secondary characters too.
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Cindy
I couldn’t wait till the new Jill Mansell book was out in Dutch, so I ordered the English version of this book.

This book is another great book in Jill Mansell style, with a great story, a few head characters that have a link with each other and things in modern time, like music which is hot right now.

The story is playing in Bath and I have been there a few years ago, so it brings back memories to Bath. At certain parts in the book I see the place in my head again, like I am back there again.

The
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Agi
Thanks a lot for Jill, what would I do without her and her books???
Typicall Jill. I just loved every bit of this book. It was so warm and easily written, there was not a single word that I'd say was one too many. There were a lot of characters and a lot of plots but everything was so clear and good written. I loved all of the heroes, they were so engaging, and the way they managed with all the problems. Because there were problems of course, there were twists, dramas and death, but a lot of laug
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Blodeuedd Finland
If you have read Mansell before then you know what you are in for, multiple HEAs.

First we have Lara who comes back after many years away, and with a teenager in tow. One no one knew about. And in Bath her old boyfriend lives, Flynn, a good guy, but yes also the father of her daughter. Flynn and Lara are so meant for each other, always meant to be. And even though I knew that Mansell loves HEAs I was worried. Co there can always be someone else that would be better.

Evie is Lara's friend and is ab
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Choco
Three stars is a bit harsh, but I could not help thinking Jill Mansell could've done better! There are many characters in this book, which gave an impression of bits and pieces scattered around without much focus or flow. Stories related to each character were fun to read, and there are some unique and enjoyable characters and storylines. However, for me every relationship seemed to lack chemistry without much background or development to it, and overall the book felt rushed because of these rea ...more
Barbara Elsborg
I'm a fan of Jill Mansell - she writes zippy prose and creates interesting characters. This story is about lost love, missed chances and new beginnings. The theme is strong throughout all the plot lines and even though you know it will all turn out right in the end there are a few twists and turns I didn't see coming.
I think if I had a major criticism it was too much time spent on the peripheral characters and not enough on the main ones. Actually - there are four main ones. But if you want a l
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Zizz
In attempt to get myself out of my book rut, I decided to try my old chick-lit hang out. Now I'm just in a bigger funk. :/
Elusive
Despite liking most of Jill Mansell’s books, ‘A Walk in the Park’ was disappointing and didn’t have the usual charm of her other works. The story focuses on Lara who left her family and boyfriend Flynn 18 years ago without telling the latter that they have a child. Then there’s her best friend Evie whose boyfriend Joel is a cheater and she’s unsure of where she’s headed in her love life.

Mansell is usually great at juggling different storylines but not this time. Lara’s story was a mess as there’
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Jordan Seman
This was a great book! It easily made its way onto my favorite books list. I am very impressed with the quality and vividness of this story. A woman, Lara, left her hometown 18 years prior and returns only after the death of her cruel father and she moves back into the house she grew up in with the daughter she had when she was seventeen and her former best friend. The story really heated up when the character of Flynn, Lara's ex boyfriend, was introduced and she's met with the situation of intr ...more
Pamela
Picking up a Jill Mansell book is like getting into my comfiest (and most worn) jammies after being caught out in the rain and curling up with hot tea. There is something very warm, soothing, safe, and familiar about them. They are engaging but never challenging, and sometimes that is just what I need: good old British chick-lit. In this romp we have Lara, now 34 or so, who has come back to Bath for the funeral of her estranged father who booted her out of the house when she was 16. We have her ...more
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I romanzi di Jill Mansell riescono davvero a trasportarti in un’oasi temporanea di tranquillità, una sorta di bolla protettiva e rigenerante dentro cui immergerti per dimenticare tensioni e stress. E con questo non voglio dire che nei suoi libri non ci sia spazio per le emozioni, perché, anzi, al contrario, la Mansell ha l’incredibile capacità di saper parlare di sentimenti senza dover ricorrere ad elementi come il sesso, ad esempio, che renderebbero scialbi e privi
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Kim
I absolutely loved this one. Lara comes back for her estranged fathers funeral and discovers that she owns the family home. Her daughter gets to meet her own father for the first time and her best friend jilts her husband to be at the altar. That was just at the start and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to them all.
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