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Rumor Has It

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  15,161 ratings  ·  534 reviews
When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no intention of joining in - she's just happy with her new Girl Friday job. Then she meets Jack Lucas. Jack is irresistible...and he's got his eye on ...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (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
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.
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
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
Shania Tasker
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
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
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.
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.
"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.

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
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
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
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
Krithika Sundar
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
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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
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
Wajidha TheBookLionizer
That was so good ! Oh my god! I didn't want it to end, I wanted to see Jack and Tilly get married too, be with romantic with each other.

And maybe Erin being pregnant and naming the baby Stella or something.
Awww such an amazing, realistic books. I'm a commitment-phobe too so I can relate to Tilly, though she did resisted way too much too Jack's feelings even knowing He didn't sleep with any of them. But the ending was so good, I had an idiot smile plastered on my face till the very end, I like
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The last book I read by JM was great, and I didnt think that her books could get any better. I was wrong! This story starts with Tilly walking home to find that Gavin her live in boyfriend has done a bunk. Moved out without so much as a backward glance. Although hurt (but slightly relieved) she visits her friend Erin in Roxborough to cheer herself up. Little does she know that this visit would change her life completely. She ends up applying for a "strange sounding" job advertised in the local r ...more
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.
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!

This book was the second Jill Mansell book I read, The first was 'Nadia knows Best' which was a GREAT book. I expected this book to be FANTASTIC and it certainly didn't disappoint! I thought that the book was amazingly well though out and written. The plot of the book was very enjoyable and the characters were unbelievably hilarious, Tilly and Jack's relationship with each other was incredibly cute and adorable one minute and the next strained and unresponsive! I also though that the 'doomed' lo ...more
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Lumen, 2012.

Ljubić. Ili bar tako misliš kad kreneš čitati roman Jill Mansell. Zapravo, ovo na kraju nije ispalo ono što sam očekivala, prisjećajući se njenog prvog u nas prevedenog romana „Napokon ljubav“. Od ljubića ovdje nema gotovo niti „LJ“.

Glavna junakinja Tilly praktički pobjegne iz Londona u malo englesko selo jer ne zna izaći iz veze u kojoj ne želi biti. Tamo se susretne s Jackom, koji je doduše zgodan, privlačan, dovitljiv, ali ga prati glas ženskaroša, pa ona ne želi ima
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
Yuli Pritania
Suka semua tokohnya kecuali tokoh cewek utama, Tilly. Ini untuk alasan apa ya si Jack mati-matian ngejar dia ampe mau nikah segala? Nggak logis aja. Mereka bahkan nggak pernah benar-benar ngobrol karena si cewek lebih sibuk dengan segala bentuk kecemburuannya dan semua usaha tarik ulurnya yang nggak berguna itu. Apa yang bikin Tilly terlihat wow di mata Jack? Sepanjang cerita saya bahkan sebel banget ama ini cewek satu. Teman-temannya punya masalah, yang dia tanyain malah si Jack ini, si Jack it ...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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