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Rumor Has It

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  12,937 ratings  ·  464 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...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published February 5th 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...more
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
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...more
Becky R.
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
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.
Lori Green
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...more
Jill Gilbert
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Wendy Hines
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...more
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

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...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...more
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...more
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Eu sempre gostei de comédia românticas e esse livro é perfeito com tudo e mais um pouco...

O livro fala de uma pequena cidade onde tudo acontece principalmente as fofocas, parece que todos são parentes, pois todo mundo fica sabendo sobre todo mundo.

Além de ser engraçado, o livro solta muitos alfinetes principalmente com a atitude feminina e uma delas, é o quanto as mulheres adoram alimentar o ego masculino só para competir entre si e jamais ficar de fora, evitando bancar a...more
Alan Kinzel
This book is billed as a romance, but the main couple's romance is definitely not in the forefront. It is more of an ensemble piece which I loved. One of my favorite things in a book is the development of supporting characters. I think Ms. Mansell did a fine job of fleshing out all the side characters and making you care about them.

Of course, there were some issues with the book for which I could not give the fifth star. I thought she wrapped up the story a little too tidy. I did not like Ms Ma...more
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!

Ivy Deluca
As with many Mansell books, this story begins with a newly single Tilly Cole impulsively acceptings a job offer in her friend’s small town as a "Girl Friday." She meets Jack Lucas, a friend of her boss and of course, an attraction is there but there’s reasons, in this case a dead fiancee and rumors of his rampaging man-whore-iness. In the midst of all that, her boss, his family, her friend and her boyfriend, who has an estranged wife, and a few others have their own lives intertwined and mixed i...more
Jordan Seman
Rumor has It was AMAZING! Chick-lit lovers a must!!!
Tilly Cole moves to the small town of Roxburough to work as Girl Friday for a man and his daughter. When she arrives, she meets Roxburough's number one womanizer, Jack Lucas and the two fight blooming feelings for each other, while Tilly tries to discover the truth about Jack's haunted past.
This book was wonderful. The detail about the lives of the characters was great and helpful for understanding the story much better. I really enjoyed that...more
Nicole Noble
The first Jill Mansell I read, this took me in as soon as I finished the first chapter. The characters are realistic, and I found myself relating to them on more than one occasion, and I just fell in love with it. A definite must-read for both old and new romance/chicklit readers.
Curling up with a Jill Mansell book is like finding an old favorite t-shirt in the back of your clothes drawer. A very pleasurable read, and I can never quite recall why I don't rush out and buy her books as soon as they are released. Lots of fun, and I loved all the characters.
Kelly Smith
I am starting to love Jill Mansell's books! They are so funny and the characters so charming and witty! This book was no exception.
Plot is your typical chick-lit style and to be honest not much happens throughout the book, but I couldn't put it down!!

The characters were written in a way that you feel like you really know them and you begin to route for them to get what they all want.
Jill Mansell is a great writer of girly fiction and this is by far my favourite of her books that I've read so far. The main male character is written as the perfect man- kind of makes you upset when you realise he's not real! ha!

If you are loo...more
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I was intrigued when I read the blurb about RUMOR HAS IT.

Newly single Tilly Cole impulsively moves to a small town, only to find she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the most desirable man—Jack Lucas, whose reputation is beyond bad. Tilly has no intention of becoming another notch on his bedpost. But she finds the thoughtful, caring guy she comes to value as a friend doesn't seem to fit the town's playboy image. Should she listen to her friends or her heart? Is...more
Taking a job as Girl Friday to interior design Max, Tilly comes into contact frequently with his good friend Jack, the most desirable man in town, with the reputation of a playboy whose bedpost has been chopped down with all the notches it has received. Warned off Jack by Max, her friend Erin, and Max's teenage daughter Lou, Tilly has no intention of falling for Jack. But the thoughtful, reliable man she comes to see as a friend, doesn't seem to fit the image the village has of him. The confusin...more
I think I've been living under a rock, because this is the first book I've read by Jill Mansell, and it's the first I had ever heard of her. Shocking! Because this is easily one of the most sparkling, witty, delightful, engaging and every other happy, bubbly descriptor out there. It's the mimosa of books - bubbly, fizzy fun, with some quality writing thrown in.
Tilly is a rather aimless twenty eight year old, who is dumped by her boring boyfriend. She heads off to quiet little Roxborough to spend...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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