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Take a Chance on Me

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,185 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record with men, but now Will¡s come along she has every reason to be optimistic. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo ... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he¡d never been away ...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2010)
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Take a Chance on Me was undeniably cute, fun and entertaining. It's a bit like the movie Love Actually, where you follow around several people for a while, who are somehow intertwined with each other. Cleo Quinn used to be bullied by Johnny LaVenture in high school, but now, a decade later, she finds herself bumping into him more often and actually develops feelings for him. Fia, recently having left her cheating husband (his mistress being Cleo), undoubtedly falls for Johnny's endless charms as ...more
Sana Noor
Nov 27, 2011 Sana Noor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jill Mansell,

When i finish your novels, a sigh always escapes my mouth and i just lie there staring into space with the book held tightly in my arms. There is this huge smile on my face and then i think to myself, 'Wow! I know i'll be picking up another book of hers.'

It's like eating a chocolate cake, with chocolate icing and chocolate ice cream on the side after the longest most excruciating diet ever. With every spoonful, your eyes close and you slip into ecstasy. It's like hugging a warm pupp
Jo Barton
Apr 09, 2010 Jo Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this light hearted story, told with Jill Mansell's usual eye for detail and quirky sense of humour. Quite sad and thought provoking in places, laugh out loud funny in others and with a delicious twist or two. There's the usual wealth of characters that we have come to expect, from the sweet to the oddly eccentric. The story drew me in from the first page - it will be a great holiday read once it's out in paperback, but well worth reading in hardback as it's in that easy to carry ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na het bekijken van een melige kerstfilm was ik volledig in de stemming voor wat chicklit. Normaal vergrijp ik me nooit aan dat soort boeken, maar nu had ik daar wel eens zin in.
Fans van het genre beweren soms dat ze zich gemakkelijk met één van de personages kunnen vereenzelvigen. Romantische verhalen zouden in zekere mate een hoog herkenbaarheidsgehalte hebben (met dat verschil dat ze in tegenstelling tot gebeurtenissen in het echte leven altijd een happy end hebben). Dat wilde ik uittesten. I
Jane Stewart
Nov 30, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
It perked me up. Put me in a better mood. I liked the characters and their interactions.

Chloe loved being a student but changed and then dropped out of school because her peers made fun of her. Johnny was one of them. On a bet, he asked her for a date while others were hiding nearby. They laughed when she said yes. It’s ten years later. Chloe has a nice looking boyfriend Will. She has a job as a limo driver, and she’s good at it. Johnny became a famous artist. He returns to town for
Oct 20, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Reasons Review

I am trying out a new review format today called "3 Reasons Review". Staci from Life in the Thumb and myself have chatted about coming up with a simple review format. Something with just the basics of what readers would want to know about a book. Some books do not require an in-depth analysis, yet as reviewers we still strive to get the important bits across to our readers. Therefore, the 3 Reasons, came from what Staci and I think are most important. Didn't come up with a fancy
Jun 12, 2012 RLA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of Jill Mansell's books in my early twenties and always found them warm, engaging, and fun reads. This book was no exception.

I had a hard time getting to grips with the heroine's story. Although I don't mind books where there is more than one character's story involved, I felt in this case there is too much of the book devoted to a few too many character's stories.

All the character's lives/stories are intertwined but I feel that it would have been nicer if the focus had just been on
This book follows the lives of two sisters, Cleo and Abbie. Cleo believes she has found her Mister Right in the form of Will Newman, but is distracted by the charms of Johnny LaVenture (despite him being her personal childhood nemesis). Abbie is concerned about her husband Tom, who has become moody and sullen - when she finds out the reason her life is turned upside down...

Jill Mansell is onto her 21st novel with Take a Chance on Me, and follows a tried and trusted formula in this book. There ar
Feb 18, 2010 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cleo Quinn doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting her as if he’d never been away. Meanwhile Cleo’s sister Abbie has a problem of her own – husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, ...more
Nhược Phong
Chục ngày trước tôi có đọc cuốn này nhưng lúc đó sách làm tôi cáu đến độ muốn quẳng mạ nó đi.
Nhưng chục hôm sau đọc tiếp lại thấy đâu đến nỗi nào.
Thực ra sách cũng khá dễ thương, vả lại chắc là đang trong mùa Giáng sinh - thời điểm mà người ta cần được yêu thương ôm ấp vỗ về ấy - nên tôi thấy cuốn này cũng được được. Kết thúc có hậu rồi cả làng cùng vui rồi bla bla những thứ khác khiến tim người ra rủng rẻng. Cái kiểu "love is in the air" ấy. Nhưng mà đang Giáng sinh mà, tôi cũng được phép hườ
Mar 26, 2012 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jill Mansell's books. They're always consistently wonderful. While there is an element of refreshing sweetness to the books, at the same time, Mansell is not afraid to confront complicated relationship issues. This one largely focused on the issue of trust and parenting, and I adored every minute of it.
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Simpatična, humoristična ljubavna priča koja me zaokupila svojom poletnošću i jednostavnošću! Baš sam uživala!
Ingrid Leonard
Jan 24, 2016 Ingrid Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book of Jill Mansel that I read.
After Perfect Timing, I go strike to Take A Chance On Me.

Just because I've to taking care of my hubby & son that avoid me from sit like a stone & keep reading.
There's some books that make me read like possessed & this book is 1 that can like that.

I won't write any spoiler, because I'm a person who hate spoiler.
The only thing to write is "go read it by yourself & get fall in love into the story by yourself".
Because that's the right
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Cleo and Abbie Quinn are sisters. Abbie is happily married to Tom and has been since she was young. They are envied by people living in their village as they seem to have the perfect marriage. Cleo on the other hand has never had much luck with men. Her latest boyfriend Will seems to tick all of the boxes. One of Cleo's old school friends Johnny LaVenture turns up back in the village and he has never been Cleo's favourite person. Having teased her mercilessly at school Cleo can't bear to be arou ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always delightful to have a book prove your negative assumptions wrong. Mansell is not an author I had read before, nor did I know of anyone else who had read her books. Picking this book up was strictly an impulse grab at the library. The cover attracted my attention, the synopsis interested me, and the review quotes solidified my decision.

However, once I started reading it, I thought, "Oh jeez. It's going to be one of those books." My assumption was based on the first few chapters, and i
Jun 19, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5/5

If you're looking for a fun, light romantic comedy this is your book. With witty, English humor, and an awkward but lovable heroine this novel reminds me a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary and I could definitely see it making a transition to the big screen.

Cleo is the perfect heroine. She is young, has a terrible love life, is awkward at times, but yet she's feisty and sharp tongued. Just when things start to look up for her, her childhood nemesis comes back into town and things start t
Sahar Pournazari
Apr 14, 2015 Sahar Pournazari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I finished this book in one night because I tend to get emotionally invested and this book wouldn't have let me sleep until I read what happens by the end.


- Good style of writing – quirky, quick-witted, no excessive or redundant expletives; and no tasteless/pointless smut scenes.

- I did not like Johnny from the start. He was such an arse; but eventually he grew on me a little. But only AFTER he apologised about that dreadful fiver incident. Just because it happened years ago d
Jun 21, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Jill Mansell’s books. The characters are always easy for me to relate to and I love the way the relationships among them develop and show growth along the way. In Take a Chance on Me, Cleo is the protagonist. A single woman in her thirties, she lives in the village she grew up in with her married sister close by. She works as a chauffer and quite enjoys it. In the beginning, she has a “perfect” boyfriend, who turns out to be not quite so perfect. Rounding out the cast is her siste ...more
May 04, 2016 Steph rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I came across Jill Mansell through my goodreads community. She's like the British version of Kristan Higgins, who I adore. I really enjoyed "Take a Chance on Me", mostly because I loved the main character Cleo. She was the perfect heroine, fun and vulnerable but not stupid or shallow. I want to move to Channing Hill and be her friend and hang out in the local pub with her and her friends. The supporting characters were fun but there were times when I wished I heard a little less from ...more
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Mar 07, 2010 Keris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cleo Quinn thinks her new boyfriend Will might be the one... but she's been wrong about men before. Like Johnny LaVenture, childhood nemesis and famous sculptor, who is back in Channing's Hill following his father's death and winding Cleo up just as much as he did when they were kids. Cleo's older sister Abbie is madly in love with her husband Tom, but when he starts behaving oddly she uncovers a secret that blows her happy marriage apart. And then there's radio DJ Ash, who finds that his on-air ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
terrible is too harsh but not good doesn't pack enough punch. mediocre. i search out british chick lit because it is normally funny and delightfully british. this book is merely british. during the first section, the protagonist mentions the movie "love actually" and i think she was trying to give the impression that this book would be very similar with multiple storylines and lots of people with chemistry and humor trying to work things out. not funny, not interesting. no chemistry. written lik ...more
Cyndi Tefft
Meh. The story went on and on without building to much of anything. I gave up at about 2/3 through since I didn't care enough about the characters to keep reading. :(
Apr 13, 2016 Elusive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In ‘Take A Chance On Me’, Cleo believes she has finally found the right man as Will is handsome, successful and sweet. However, the unexpected return of her childhood crush, Johnny makes Cleo remember the past and consequently, she’s unsure if she has ever gotten over him. Plus, he’s still as good-looking as ever and he's rich too. Meanwhile, she’s not the only one with romance problems.

In typical Jill Mansell style, this book featured a couple of storylines which were perfectly intertwined toge
Prima weer, Jill.
Sep 25, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've ever read by Jill Mansell and I LOVED it!! So fun and a quick read...the eqivalent of watching a brilliant chick flick. The characters were quirky and so lovable! Can't wait to read more by this author! A nice change of pace from the dystopic/sci-fi novels I usually read!
May 09, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was cute and the ending was adorable, however I found myself skipping multiple chapters because they seemed irrelevant. Also the writing was not great. Don't read it unless you are bored.
Jan 23, 2014 Rushna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
I think this book has a really good story line. Its one of those books that once you start reading it you want to find out the ending straight away. I think its a really good light read, a sort of book you would read when you feel like something less serious. I dont think I have laughed when reading a book before as much as I laughed reading this book. However at times the book was quite tedious. From the beginning you could of already guessed what would happen at the end however as the story wa ...more
Feb 25, 2016 My_books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge, ebook
Jeeeej! Ta książka jest tak zabawna, wciągająca i rozegrana na kilku płaszczyznach, że nie wiem, dlaczego tak długo zwlekałam z przeczytaniem jej! Polecam!
Gynen Kyra Toriano
This book drew me in with the words ingeniously played on the front cover,"If you haven't found the one..."

This is a definite must read for my fellow romantics who are complete suckers for happy endings. The whole plot revolves around the lives of different characters, it somewhat had a Love Actually movie feel to it and I absolutely adore it! Jill Mansell did a splendid job transitioning from one character to another without causing confusion. It had the perfect blend of some light melodramati
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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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