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Perfect Timing

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,610 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Poppy Dunbar is out on her hen night when she meets Tom Kennedy. She feels that she's known him all her life. Suddenly notorious as The Girl Who Jilted Rob Macbride, Poppy moves to London. Soon she's installed in the household of Caspar French, a good-looking young artist with a reputation for breaking hearts.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Headline Review (first published December 4th 1999)
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This is the 2nd Mansell book I have read and I enjoyed this one as much as the first! This is light reading drama. Great beach read! I call this Brit Chick Lit. It is light and funny and full of surprises. A bit far fetched at times but nothing to take away from the fun! This one is about Poppy. While out on her “hen night”, Poppy bumps into a stranger named Tom and she hit with “love at first sight”. So much so, she calls off her wedding and moves to London. She moves in to an apartment owned b...more
For a long time, I've been confused. I thought Jill Mansell was another pseudonym for the woman that writes as Sophie Kinsella, and I could not understand why I liked the Mansell books so much and wanted to throw the Shopaholic book across the room.

Turns out I was wrong. They are not the same person.

That's good to know. All I can say about this one is that it was sweetly romantic and fun. The characters, for all their absurd behavior at times, were frightfully real. They struggled with the inabi...more
3.5 stars

The night before her wedding during her bachelorette party (or Hen night as the Brits call it), Poppy meets a man to whom she is incredibly attracted. Tom, a dark-haired, dark-eyed handsome doctor implores her to meet him after the party is over and not to go through with the wedding.

While Poppy chooses not to meet Tom, she does indeed call off the wedding. She realizes that if she goes through with it, it would be a big mistake. Her groom and his large family do not let her off easily...more
Tenho tanta coisa para dizer que neste momento nem sei por onde começar. Não, não se assustem, são tudo coisas boas!
Vamos começar então pelo inicio, este foi um dos pontos altos do livro. Cheio de acção e tensão, Jill Mansell atira-nos logo para um trio meio confuso que nos vai fazer roer unhas para saber como se vai resolver. O que eu não estava à espera era do que vinha a seguir, que, por seu lado, não tem muita relação com este inicio. O Tom e o coitado do ex-noivo vão desaparecer e só aparec...more
Jane Stewart
It kept my interest but I can’t recommend it. It’s chick lit with a romantic happy ending.

I was frustrated and angry with stupid actions. I did not like Poppy’s best friend Dina who was so obnoxious and unlikeable that she reflected poorly on Poppy. But I don’t want to fault this too much because bad characters do make stories better. Several parts of the story were good. And I loved the happy ending. It was a surprise.


1. Poppy works for Jake an antiques dealer. She and Jake are at an...more
Oh, how I truly love working on Jill's books for Sourcebooks.
I really enjoyed the breezy story of a young woman re-inventing her life. On the eve of her wedding, Poppy meets a man who could have been THE ONE. Thinking about this, she reevaluates her feelings for Rob and realizes that she cannot marry him. In the ensuing bru-ha-ha, it is revealed to Poppy that the man who has raised her is not her biological father. This suddenly puts a new perspective on their relationship, as Mervyn has always been distant with Poppy.

Armed with this information, Poppy is...more
I feel like even one star is being generous but as the book came to a close I realized that it was not the worst book I ever read. No, more than anything this book was like an outline for a decent story. The characters were barely fleshed out and the dialogue was weak, but the plot itself was interesting enough.

What's worse is that I spent the majority of this book not caring about the fate of the characters. If I'd had another book handy I'd no doubt give up on this and not think twice about i...more
Acerca do Encontro Inesperado, adorei como já era de prever. Do início ao fim, foi delicioso.
Ainda tenho dois livros dela por ler e mais um para comprar, mas ela diverte-me sempre.
Adoro a escrita dela, as personagens que ela cria e os enredos. Adoro a forma como ela brinca com os acontecimentos e tem sempre alguma surpresa.
Estou muito contente.
Os livros da Jill deixam-me sempre super bem disposta.
Este não foi excepção.
Gostei muito da ideia dela e de brincar com o destino. Todas as reviravoltas...more
This book was too long for my liking. I HATED how Poppy thought she was in love with Tom at first only by meeting him once then breaking off her wedding with Rob and searching for Tom for like a year and then when they were finally together ditch him and go back to Caspar. I didn't like Caspar at all because he was a man whore and I don't know he just didn't click for me. I would have liked it if Poppy was with Tom because he loved her and they just seemed good together. I hated Poppy because sh...more
I'm now a Jill Mansell junkie! Perfect Timing is an ironic title for this British chicklit novel because nothing is perfectly timed in this novel, from Poppy's last minute decision to jilt her fiance hours before their wedding to finding her biological father after years of not knowing she wasn't living with him.

"'The thing is,' Poppy prevaricated, 'my room's only tiny.'

'And who am I, two-ton Tess? All I'm asking for is a bit of floor space.' Dina was wheedling now. 'I'll sleep under the bed if
“Perfect Timing” "SPOILER ALERT"

Poppy Dunbar, red head, slim and full of life is at her bachelorette party when she bumps into Tom Kennedy. She instantly feels like she has known him all her life. She gets mixed feelings about how her life will be when she marries Ron McBride. Her life would be so plain and simple and she loved Rob, but realizes she is not IN LOVE with him. Tom Kennedy helps Poppy with her foot when she fell outside the club. When her friend comes outside to look for her, she fi...more
I must admit that at times I can not control the fact that I love an author and lose her only to find her once again.
Ms. Mansell will not disappoint. I have read multiple books by her and with life catching up and moving, I found I lost her - only to be reunited with Perfect Timing.
Poppy Dunbar has met someone - the one she believes is the "one" the night before her wedding, when she calls off the wedding, finds out her father is not her real father (she is a result of an affair her mother had)...more
Margarida Cruz
Começo a ficar sem palavras para comentar os livros desta autora. Quando me perguntam como são os seus livros, as suas histórias, as suas personagens, só me lembro de adjectivos como fantásticas, hilariantes, fenomenais, magníficas, estupendas, geniais... Afinal, para mim, é isso mesmo que são.

A verdade é que Jill Mansell nunca me desilude. Por mais e mais que leia da sua autoria, as expectactivas são sempre superadas. Folheio as páginas dos seus livros com um sorriso nos lábios ou uma gargalhad...more
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, having never read a Jill Mansell novel before. But a friend lent me this book and recommended it, so I started it a few days ago. It begins with Poppy, on the night before her wedding, meeting a rather attractive stranger after falling down some steps...

I thought the characterisation was great. Caricatured in places, to be sure; but Poppy was a believable, untidy, disorganised romantic who I warmed to almost immediately. There was a large cast of characters,...more
Sana Noor
Unputdownable! Glued to my hands!

Jill Mansell is my absolute favourite author. She weaves this amazing tale that funny, serious and lovable! You come to love all the characters in her books, even the ones who in the end aren't the most perfect.

Poppy meets her soul mate on her hen night, and the next day its her wedding. She finds out her father isn't her father and that love can be found in the strangest of situations. So, she goes to London. Moves in with complete strangers, who in a years time...more
This is a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This was your typical fun chick lit book. Poppy is so oblivious and kind hearted that you can't help but like her even as you shake your head over her bumbling. The rest of the crew was just as interesting with Dina, the girl you have to hate for the way she treats her husband and neglects her baby and Claudia who you want to hate and yet still feel sympathy for. The story definitely keeps you guessing as to who Poppy will ultimately end up with. Will it be Tom, the...more
I read this book a while ago. It is absolutely adorable. It is unpredictable,witty,charming and romantic. Poppy is bubbly and downright loveable. All in all , an adorable chick-lit book with the most incredible storyline & characters !

And as for the ending, I will just leave you with this


Encontro Inesperado, conta a história da Poppy, uma rapariga igual a tantas outras que está prestes a casar. Na noite da sua despedida de solteira conhece um rapaz chamado Tom, pelo qual sente uma atracção inexplicável que a leva a desfazer o seu casamento. Como se isto não bastasse, descobre ainda que o homem com quem conviveu a vida toda não é seu pai e que este reside em Londres assim como Tom. Com todos estes acontecimentos Poppy é levada a mudar-se para Londr...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
This was a good book. Classic chick lit. Fast read that was fun, lighthearted, engaging.

See my full review at: http://everyfreechancebookreviews.blo...
Must be one of the worst books I've ever read. The characters were horribly annoying; I only liked Jake every now and then. Dina and Angie were the absolute worst characters ever. This book felt like it was rushed so much because Mansell wanted to write her next one or for whatever reason. About ten pages in the main characters cancels her wedding because she meets a stranger and she doesn't even mourn her ex for one second. Like, I understand he wasn't The One for her, but she moving on VERY qu...more
Ivy Deluca
The Premise
Poppy Dunbar's whole life gets turned upside down after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger...Never a troublemaker, Poppy had always been content with the way things were supposed to be done—which included marrying predictable Rob McBride. But that was before she met Tom Kennedy the night before her wedding. Could she really be falling in love with a stranger? Unable to forget Tom, or go through with the wedding, Poppy runs off to London. Her new life and colorful friends are...more
Where do I even begin on how much I dislike this.. Poppy is meh, Dina is shallow (seriously, how does her husband put up with her?!) but the biggest turn off is Claudia's mom Angie. None of the characters have depth except for Jake. I was surprised by his move when he brought Claudia to the betting station lol.

Mansell's books are either a hit or miss. I read 2 of her works which I loved, and this one a fail, and 2 others which I couldn't even get past page 50. I think I'll stick to Kinsella.
Wendy Hines
Poppy Dunbar is wearing a hat with three condoms hanging from it. It's her bachelorette party. She's getting married the next morning to a wonderful man. She'll get the 2.5 kids, picket fence and everything else she's always dreamed of. But then, Poppy falls down the stairs when she leaves the pub for a few minutes of fresh air. But when he helps her to a bench because of a twisted ankle, her whole life changes when she gazes into his eyes. Instant attraction, love at first site. His name is Tom...more
I hesitate to rate this book higher than a 3. It could've passed for a 4 but Jill Mansell's other books were much more enjoyable for me than this one. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, and I kept reading, but it definitely lacked some spark that other books had.

This book dragged on the tales of love concerning the character far longer than a typical Mansell book would. I was tired of waiting for the obvious pairings to happen and the situations that occurred in the meantime were just annoyin...more
This was the third book by Jill Mansell that I have read, and while I enjoyed it, it definitely wasn't my favorite. I liked the premise of the book, and the ending, but just now how it got there. I thought that all of the relationships that ended in the book were so sudden with no repercussions. And that's not real-life.

As for the characters, I liked the main characters of Poppy, Caspar, and Jake. Other than the sudden ending of her relationships, Poppy seemed like a very real character, as did...more
Sep 19, 2011 Whitney rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chick Lit fans
I really think this book is more like 2.5 stars but I liked it more than it just being two stars. I went back and forth between being indifferent with Poppy and not liking her at all. I found her to be self involved and hard to like. I was glad that not every guy in the book was in love with her. That was at least refreshing (and worth that last half star). The other characters were way more likable even though I don't think they were meant to be (especially Claudia who was my favorite character...more
Perfect Timing was an enjoyable read. It is the story of Poppy, a woman who met the supposed man of her dreams the night before she was to get married, and called off the wedding. She fled Bristol to start over in London, hoping to meet the handsome stranger again while there. Poppy gets some jobs, moves into a house with Caspar French, an artist, and Claudia, an insufferable snot. The story mostly begins there.

The book was really well written.. Not too predictable (but no real surprises, either...more
Poppy Dunbar and her friends are out on the town - having a good ‘ol time celebrating Poppy’s last night as a single lady. But when Poppy stumbles - practically into Tom’s arms - he definitely throws a kink in her plans. Before the night is out, Poppy comes to terms that marrying Robbie might not be the best thing for her. She breaks the news to her father and to Robbie and his family and quickly packs up her bags and heads off on a new adventure.... a new life in London.

Poppy's life in London -...more
This book is much more than Poppy and her story. The characters are all super likable and their individual faults only endear them to the reader. The main characters are:

Caspar, the hot, flighty, but caring artist

Claudia, the jaded and cynical woman who is just trying to find herself a good man, preferably rich.

Jake the nerdy and shy guy who is scared of opening himself up to another person

And last but not least, Poppy, the vibrant, honest, sweet kid (she's 22) who falls into great situations an...more
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

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