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Don't Want to Miss a Thing

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,905 ratings  ·  623 reviews
Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2013)
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Enjoyed this light entertaining story from Jill Mansell and well narrated by Clare Corbett. Life in a small town in England with a lot going on.
To me, reading a Jill Mansell novel is like that first satisfying sip of tea after a hard day and this one was, thankfully, no different – I settled down, started to read and just thought ‘Ahhhhhh!’ You quickly get to know the characters, which immediately enables you to become fully absorbed into their lives. Molly is a quirky artist living in a village where everyone knows your business and after a hilarious meet up between her and Dex they quickly form a ‘will they won’t they’ friendship with ...more
Kate’s Book Spot
Firstly I’d like to thank Helena from Headline Publishing Group for sending me this novel to read and give an honest review. Obviously I have heard of Jill Mansell and seen her books in the shops but I’ve never actually read one (I’m hanging my head in shame now), this meant that I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. Now I’ve finished I have just one question – why have I not read any of her books before? It really was my kind of book, it felt so natural and comfortable to read and right from th ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, romance
Once I let go of my romance expectations, this went a lot smoother. Mansell hops perspectives a lot and there are a lot of romantic threads going with three foregrounded. There are two main characters, and the story centers on them mostly, but they make a bare majority of page-space and the story is correspondingly fragmented.

That said, I liked all the side characters and their perspectives didn't suck. And all the romances ended up being uniquely touching in one way or another, and I was engage
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you are just in the mood for a light, funny, improbable, quick read. These books fit the bill for that 100%. There is an added bonus that there is an almost stream-of-consciousness style to the storytelling so that you are never sure sometimes where the plot is going to lead or even who the next chapter is going to be about.

In this one we meet our fun loving, well off bachelor Dex. He is a playboy --- the type who has slept with women whose names he can't precisely recall. Normally I h
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dit was echt een geweldig boek! Toen ik de titel las had ik inderdaad wel verwacht dat iemand zich ging settelen, maar op deze manier, dat had ik totaal niet verwacht. Wat Dex heeft gedaan is zo'n mooi gebaar naar zijn zus toe. Dat Dex het aan zou kunnen daar had ik niet aan getwijfeld, het is niet voor niets een boek, maar dat het op deze manier zou verlopen had ik ook niet verwacht.
Ik vond het trouwens ook super leuk dat het niet echt één verhaal was, er waren meerdere verhalen die allemaal m
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rounding up to 4 Stars

This audiobook is all these things: smiley, cozy, small town, and narrated with British accents (I got you with that last one, eh?!). When I wasn't listening to it, I wanted to be. Completely satisfying.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Jill Mansell, is that you are always guaranteed a good book and I was definitely not disappointed with ‘Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. It was everything that you want and need in a chick lit novel: witty, fun, well written and pure escapism.

Dexter Yates is the guy who gets all the girls but should be avoided at all costs. He works hard but plays hard. However this all changes after the sudden death of his elder sister Laura who leaves behind an eight month old baby, Delphi. In th
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this one on a recent holiday!
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Pludmalei ļoti piemērots gabals. Nu jau es zinu, ka Mensela savos romānos savij vairākas sižeta līnijas un visas arī pabeidz. Tā kā beigās lasītājs dabū nevis vienas laimīgās beigās, bet pat 4-5. Uz beigām šī visa cukurotā lieta sāk šķist pārspīlēta, ne visi stāsti ir pietiekami ticami, tomēr visumā jāsaka, ka viņa ir piedomājusi, lai personāži un viņu stāsti nebūtu viendimensionāli. Vienīgi tā stāsta daļa par gadu veco bērnu šķiet izrauta pa taisno no pasakas - neesmu bērnkopības eksperts, bet ...more
Grappig leest makkelijk weg. Op het eind wel erg voorspelbaar
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read chick-lit, of course I wouldn't...

which is why Jill Mansell is one of my guiltiest pleasures.

Unrealistically gorgeous/rich/witty/and just plain nice characters that you just wish were your friends, check; star-crossed lovers, check; improbable plot lines keeping the aforesaid star-crossed lovers, well, star-crossed, check; effortless reading, check; and of course happy endings (at least four), check. And a huge happy sigh.

I think this is probably the best Jill Mansell I've thus fa
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun, quirky, light-hearted novel from Jill Mansell. I love the quintessential British feel to her books. They are a great escape and never (well almost never!) fail to entertain.

This particular one has really great "side stories" too so that helped me to bump up the rating. I was interested in all the villagers lives and how they would all end up. I'm not going to rehash the book blurb as you can clearly read it on the book page. As I've said before in reviewing her books, the morals ar
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This read was an absolute pleasant surprise. I had seen some of Jill Mansell's books translated into Dutch, so looked up the original (EN) version, and gave this one a try. I genuinely enjoyed many aspects of this story. There was something very British about it. Remarkably, it was neither too shallow, nor too uppity - It really had the right amount of humor and humanity about it. The characters gave off an authentic feel albeit featuring in a very "feel-good" story.
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Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The things that go on in this quiet little village."

Welcome to Briarwood. A sleepy little village, hidden away from the strains and stresses of the everyday life of the city. Dexter Yates is the typical ladies man, leap-frogging from woman to woman, spending nights in bars & clubs with his mates, and generally just living the perfectly sculpted bachelor lifestyle. Whilst spending some quality time in bed with his latest lady friend, Dexter's phone rings. After checking the screen, he ans
Zel Polev
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Rea Cobb
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read a couple of books by Jill Mansell, the covers always appeal to me and although I enjoyed her previous books they have never seemed to leave a lasting impression on me.

I loved the synopsis of the book it sounded like my kind of read and again the cover of Don't Want to Miss a Thing is one that would reach out to me from the shelves.

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies,
**3.5 stars**

Jill Mansell is an author who's been repeatedly recommended to me, particularly as I love British Women's Fiction. I was so excited to begin Don't Want to Miss a Thing. That excitement was immediately rewarded.

Don't Want to Miss a Thing was sweet, and sad, funny, and exceeding charming story of a circle of friends whose lives are all thrown into a much different path than they expected. For me, I found this to be a story of embracing the unexpected journey. If that doesn't convince
Akleema Khatun
I thought this book was an okay read. Not great, but okay. You can guess what was going to happen from the beginning, but this is a Jill Mansell book - we know what's going to happen, we just want to know HOW it will happen.
The main characters in the book, Dex and Molly I thought were great. The way they met was funny and quirky as usual but I think I would have liked to see a bit more of their relationship building before Amanda came along. One minute there were friends, next minute they wante
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think everyone has an author that becomes the comfy joggers and blankie of their reading habits and Jill Mansell is mine. This latest offering from her doesn't disappoint on any level. It has sentences of lovely imagery that I think sometimes get lost in the pace of the characters lives and her story telling but they are there like little hidden gems or the free gift in the cereal box. Her characters in this book have a lovely mix of the gorgeous and the real, and gorgeous ones get nice doses ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Life is too short to read bad books. I got about two thirds of the way through this book and decided my time was too valuable to continue reading it. Poor writing, too many unnecessary characters, no real character development and a plot that defies reality. I am not a fan of chic-lit and this book is just too much air and no substance.
Aleida Oskam
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een leuk verhaal met een voorspelbaar einde. Wat ik wel goed vond is dat Jill bepaalde onderwerpen niet uit de weg gaat wat ik wel weer een meerwaarde vond geven aan het boek. Ik voelde me wel verbonden met de hoofdpersonen dus all in all toch wel een leuk verhaal
Carolyn  Storer
This was my first Jill Mansell. Nothing special but it was a nice cosy story with likeable characters. Will definitely try more from this author. Well read by one of my favourite narrators.
Sara Smith
3.5 stars Somewhat predictable and happy, but isn't that why I read these kinds of books?
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Wederom een heerlijk Jill Mansell boek, ditmaal met nieuwe karakters, nieuwe drama, lekker veel liefde, en soms ook nog wat cliches. We hebben natuurlijk Dex en Molly (de hoofdhoofdpersonen), maar ook andere mensen krijgen een rol in de spotlight. Zoals Henry, die helemaal hoteldebotel is van Frankie, Frankie wiens huwelijk niet al te goed gaat, en nog veel meer. De schrijfster is echt geweldig met meerdere personages, ze weet ze allemaal een rol te geven en te zorgen dat je invested in ze bent. ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encore un très chouette livre de cette auteure que j'adore. Les "happy-ends" de certains personnages ne sont pas hyper crédibles mais ça fait du bien de lire des choses positives. J'ai beaucoup aimé Molly et Dex.
Dani Paim
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-interest
DNF at about 30%. Too formulaic, the plot's been done to death before. Meh.
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
This isn't really what I thought. I expected a relationship between just two people - it's much more a women's fiction story of an ensemble of people. Very cute, very sweet.

The narration by Alison Larkin was very good, very British, very enjoyable. Perfect for this story.
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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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