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Rumour Has It

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  18,207 Ratings  ·  646 Reviews
Would you be tempted?

Newly single, Tilly Cole impulsively accepts a job offer in a small town as a "Girl Friday." Fun job, country house, fresh start, why not? But soon she finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the town's most desirable bachelor-Jack Lucas.

Rumors of Jack's "love 'em and leave 'em" escapes abound, and Tilly decides to do the
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 5th 2009 (first published January 1st 2009)
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This is the story of what happens when a girl from the city moves to a little town and finds out what happens when people stop being polite ... and start being real. (Oh wait ... that is the description of The Real World, isn't it?) But, essentially, this book is about how living in a small town can be a little like living in fish bowl. The town in question is Roxborough (located in the UK ... but I'm not sure if it is a real town or a Mansell creation). When Tilly Cole is left by
Apr 14, 2010 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to say right off the bat that I really could never get into Chick Lit, that is until now. This is the most hilarious story with that off the wall pure British comedy that will make you chuckle from page one to the end. This author has certainly shown me that light and fluff with a great storyline, a few important messages and some just down and out comedy is what you need every now and then. OMG, I'm still chuckling. I am so going to have to check out the rest of this author's line of ...more
Becky R.
Apr 06, 2010 Becky R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful book. As a fan of Meg Cabot's adult books, and Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novels, I felt like I'd found a book that was reminiscent of the type of "chick lit" that allowed the main character to be strong, yet emotionally open. Tilly was a sweet character that only annoyed me in her resistance to Jack, who really manages to warm the heart. Jack isn't the regular Lothario that you're eager to hate; he's actually much more compl ...more
Shania Tasker
Sep 28, 2014 Shania Tasker rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointed
2.5 stars

This was almost a waste of my time but had a few good parts that made it kind of worth my time.
This was like those movies New Years Eve and Valentines Day in that it is a whole group of people falling in love. However, I never really liked those movies, as with this book.

Tilly and Jack were just unrealistic. They really didn't interact that much, and I didn't feel a connection with them or even between them. Then BOOM he asks her to marry him?! WTF
I really liked Max and Lou, they made
Aug 18, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok
Another sad example of the "Just Because It's British, Doesn't Make It Good" genre of Chick Lit.

This book can be summarized as follows:

Boy dumps Girl.
Girl lands perfect live-in job in perfect Cotswolds town taking care of perfect teenager.
Girl meets Perfect New Boy.
Girl artificially creates rumor-based reasons not to date Perfect New Boy.
Perfect New Boy pursues (Why?) Girl.
How will it end?

Predictable and implausible story.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
My synopsis: Tilly and Erin have been friends since college - but after Tilly went to London and Erin went home to Roxborough to care for an ailing mother. After her boyfriend moves out of their flat and leaves her with the rent, Tilly decides it is time for a change. When visiting Erin for the weekend she stumbles across an ad for a job - a "girl Friday" and decides to give it a shot.

Strong-arming her way in for an interview, she meets Max Dineen - interior designer, father of Lou, and decidedl
Lori Green
Jan 20, 2013 Lori Green rated it liked it
There was a recent sale on Jill Mansell titles and between Carolyn and I, we got a few. I'd read some previously and was lukewarm on what I'd read before. But a good sale and chick lit are a siren's call to me so what the hell.

I just finished Rumor Has It and thought it has the best and worst of what chick lit is.

Pro: it's a romance.

Pro: The women have careers.

Con: Men are more important than careers.

Pro: Gay ex.

Con: Gay ex.

Con: The hero was engaged previously and she died in a drowning accident
Jun 06, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up as a lark in the bookstore yesterday and started reading it when I got home. Five hours later, I was reaching the end of one of the most enjoyable, light-hearted, fun, entertaining reads I have read in a while. While this book might be in that oft-derided genre of "chick-lit", it transcends it with its intelligence, irony, snark, sarcasm, and a cast of lovable characters in a small English town named Roxborough. In a Cranford meets Jane Austen meets Helen Fielding kind of w ...more
Jill Gilbert
Apr 13, 2013 Jill Gilbert rated it really liked it
Recently, I have been reading escapist, fluffy romance novels instead of my usual mix of YA dystopian books, contemporary fiction, and mysteries. This book reminded me quite a bit of The Casual Vacancy, only in an upside down, happy world. Both novels are set in claustrophobically small English villages where rumor and innuendo rule the day. But where the Rowling book spirals tragically, this book rides waves of happiness to its finish, while addressing issues of homophobia, character assassinat ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is a light and easy read, it is reasonably enjoyable but it seems like just another Jill Mansell book - same characters with different names in a different setting. Very predictable but fun nonetheless.
Krithika Sundar
Aug 29, 2015 Krithika Sundar rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
2.5 stars.

I don't rate books so low but I just didn't feel this book. Tilly was a nice protagonist but the love story between Jack and Tilly was not realistic at all. It's like watching Some fairy tale where the struggle to get with the love of ur life is more and after that u never know if they had any fights or not.

Jack is so hot and there are rumours flying around in the town that he's slept with literally every women in the small town.Jack meets Tilly and he's attracted to her but there wa
Dec 08, 2014 Neha rated it it was ok
Oh c'mon! How is everyone giving this book a minimum of 3 stars? There was no depth in the characters, no depth in the love story of the supposed main character, Tilly Cole. I love chick-lit, i really do. But, there has to be some meaning, some depth in the 'love story'. After avoiding Jack for the whole book, Tilly agrees to marry him in the end..this just wasn't believable! So you can't date him because you think he's commitment-phobic but you can marry him? They didn't have ONE meaningful con ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this book. The characters we likable and funny. People you would want to be friends with. Mansell did a great job developing the characters and setting up their individual stories and linking them; however, once she got them into the thick of things it felt as if she didn't know what to do next. Some of the ends were unsatisfactory, especially the ending to the main storyline. How I desperately wanted to rate this higher.
"Dizem por Aí" foi a minha estreia com a autora Jill Mansell da qual já tinha visto vários livros, mas nunca me tinha sentido atraída o suficiente para uma leitura.

Foi uma surpresa agradável e uma leitura da qual gostei. Apesar de ter gostado não sei se voltarei a pegar em breve noutro livro da autora, o tipo de romances que ela escreve apelariam-me mais na adolescência.

Valentina Markasović
One stubborn heroine-check
One playboy-check
One sassy gay friend-check
One troubled teenager-check

I loved this book. Funny, charming, an easy read. Perfect for summer.
Feb 09, 2015 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este foi o meu primeiro contacto com a autora Jill Mansell que conta já com bastante livros publicados. Foi uma leitura bastante agradável e até divertida. Gostei.
Carolyn  Storer
Couldn't get on with two of the main characters, Tilly and Jack. Otherwise it was an ok story.
May 05, 2010 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was a Nutella kind of good. What you ask, is a Nutella kind of good? A Nutella kind of good is something that is rich, delicious, and all around filled with goodness that makes you sigh when you're finished with it, but when you're done you just want more of the goodness...that's how I felt when I finished Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell.

Tilly Cole has just been dumped by her boyfriend. The loser didn't even tell her face to face-he just left a letter for her to find when she got home fr
Apr 30, 2010 Namratha rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
What do you do when you are stuck in the boondocks and have been flicked one too many times by a cow’s tail? You nudge Bessy (or one of her many cousins) aside, dig out a (hopefully) decent chick-lit and settle down for some good ol’fashioned reading.

And Jill Mansell’s Rumour Has It proved to be a surprisingly good entertainer. I use the term ‘surprising’ because I had expected it to be a run-of-the-mill smut-fest peppered with loads of gratuitous sex. I am happy to report that it was in fact a
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rumors can hurt people or make them appear to be something they are not. It is hard to find your one true love when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy.

Tilly Cole's live-in boyfriend just abruptly moved out, leaving her a farewell note on the fireplace mantle. Ready for a change, she impulsively applies for a Girl Friday job in a small town, where her best friend Erin lives. Tilly gets the job, and quickly moves into the house of Max, a divorced gay father, and his daughter
Apr 30, 2016 Lindsay♫Sings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
This was a delightful book and just what I needed after reading some darker, heavier reads lately! Also a book about adults and families after reading a whole bunch of YA books for a spell here. So refreshing! I was hesitant because typically when I read books that are set in the UK they have so much jargon about "toast" and getting things out of the "boot" and things like that that my American mind just disenjoys it greatly. However, this was not the case here. It was all casual and just enough ...more
Jun 11, 2017 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It is a great, light summer read!
May 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, bristish
From My Blog...[return][return]Funny, smart, and wonderfully amusing Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell is a delightfully refreshing look at the inhabitants of the eccentric and gossipy town of Roxborough. Mansell writes strong and realistic characters, replete with flaws and mannerisms that can at times drive a person a bit mad, yet makes the characters all the more endearing and unforgettable. The main character, Tilly, returns home from work to discover her boyfriend has done a bunk, leaving her wi ...more
I'm not sure how to described this book. It was okay, but I didn't love it.
The heroine Tilly is dumped by her boyfriend as a result of her self-sabotaging behavior. As she is about to depart from a small village where she's been visiting a friend, she spots a newspaper want ad for a "girl friday." She responds immediately and finds herself living with and working for a divorced gay man, Max, and his daughter.

There was too much going on this story. Tilly's best friend, Erin, was seeing a guy wh
Aug 12, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
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Sep 10, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
More often than not, I feel I'm probably missing something when I 'read' the audiobook version of a novel. There's a lot of someone else's interpretation of the story in there and the whole experience can be so sloooow. I think this time, slow was a plus - it allowed the different relationship developments to seem real and I felt the feels along with them. I still struggled with some of the voice characterisations (male characters who seemed to sound like they were 70 rather than in their 30s, f ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Hazel rated it liked it
I love reading chick lit from the UK. They use all types of slang, like "blimey" and "bloody hell," and have very fast paced, witty dialogue. This was just what you want to read when you have a chick lit craving. About a Londoner who moves to a small England Town, and a certain lady killer who is interested in her. However, she has a hard time believing his sincerity due to his reputation. Great fun.
Jack and Tilly were unconvincing. I didn't see the connection. The reader was just told that they fancy each other, based on what exactly I don't know. We were not shown. The other relationships were diverting if not wholly satisfying, although (view spoiler).
Oct 31, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
This was an adorable, lovely book. I really, really enjoyed it. It was exactly what I needed and expected. I hate to use the words chick lit, but if you like chick lit, you will like this. Adorable, but not cutesy. Funny but not cringe worthy. Sexy but not smutty. I really enjoyed it. It made me giggle and smile and I promptly gave it to my mother in law to read when I was finished.
Nov 02, 2012 Polly rated it it was amazing
I love Ms. Mansell's books. They are always great stories told with such fun. This one is no different.
It really was the story of two friends and their small English town lives. It involves all the supporting characters and Ms Mansell goes into such fun detail. Strong women who sometimes are a little mixed up. Strong imperfect men. Loved this on as much as her other books. A must read!

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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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