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The One You Really Want

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  8,936 ratings  ·  367 reviews
It all starts with a shiny, red, sit-on lawn-mower. When Nancy spies her Christmas present from her husband sitting on the lawn, she realises the jewellery she thought was for her must be on someone else. Her best friend Carmen isn't surprised (she never liked Jonathan) and persuades Nancy to leave Edinburgh and come and stay in her luxury London flat - far too vast for ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published February 10th 2008 by Headline (first published November 1st 2004)
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Obsidian
Nov 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want to kick something. This book didn't work at all, and the ending just cobbles together happy endings, that make zero sense when you read what has come before. I am all for happy endings in my romance books, but not with partners who come out of nowhere and or partners that have zero chemistry with the objects of their affection. I kept hoping Mansell would switch things up a bit and have Carmen and Nancy not do what is typical for these types of books, it just doesn't work.

"The One You
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Pamela
This was not my favorite Jill Mansell book, but I don't think it will be my last.

I didn't really connect to either Nancy or Carmen, I found Nancy especially annoying. There are several characters in this one, and for me, was just one big soap opera...who's sleeping with who etc.
While I liked Mia, I did feel that she did and said some things that were not really appropriate.

I almost think this would have worked better if she had split Nancy and Carmen up and gave them each their own story with
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Natalie
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just spent three weeks with family in a house by the beach. It was probably a "holiday" more than a holiday, as anyone with children and aged parents will appreciate. But I managed to read a few books, including this one by Jill Mansell.

I spotted this battered paperback in a roadside sale, and thought it would make a good beach read. As much as I adore my kindle, it is not beach friendly. Beaches in this part of the world (Cornwall) are mostly about the activities - surfing or bodyboarding,
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Angie
Review will be shared when book is released April 2016!
(Hint: I really liked it)
Debbie
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with Nancy opening a Christmas card from an expensive jewelers addressed to her husband. Assuming he has shopped at the store for her present, she looks forward to Christmas Day, only to be confronted with her gift of...a lawnmower! Enter Nancy's best friend Carmen and her brother in law Rennie, a member of a rock band, who invite her to stay with them and provide her with moral support when she discovers her husband is in fact having an affair. What I loved the best about ...more
Debbie
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Jill Mansell is sort of a new author for me. However, it's funny, whenever I see her books offered I'm like a kid in a candy store and all excited. I have never been disappointed and so excited to read them. This latest definitely falls into that category. As usual, she has many characters, all with their own story to tell. This one puts together a bunch of them that have a widow of a rock star band in common. They all end up living together in her mega mansion along with a few that ...more
Paula Sealey
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy opens a Christmas card from an expensive jewelers addressed to her husband. Assuming he has shopped at the store for her present, she looks forward to Christmas Day, only to be confronted with her gift of...a lawnmower! Enter Nancy's best friend Carmen and her brother in law Rennie, a member of a rock band, who invite her to stay with them and provide her with moral support when she discovers her husband is in fact having an affair.

Having lost her husband, Rennie's brother, to a drugs
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Jo
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jill Mansell writes English like you only hear in the uk which might be fun for some, but honestly annoys me after a while. One of the characters says "Pet" to everyone and by the end I was pretty darn sick of it.
The characters are fun, but that's really all they are. They're not really deep, fleshed out characters. They're just there, the most description you get is hair colour which could be fun in a book that has your imagination running but here only made it harder to envision the story.
On
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Holly
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, netgalley
Reading a Jill Mansell book is like returning to an old friend. She writes chick lit so well and I know, for the most part, that I'm going to enjoy reading her novels. This one I enjoyed very much. I liked all the characters--Nancy, Carmen, Mia, Conner, Rennie, and especially Rose. I enjoyed their romantic disastrous lives:) I felt that their stories were very real and done with hope and humor. That's what I like about Mansell's books, you feel as though her characters are real and these ...more
Kathryn
4.5 stars.
This is one of those books that I am sure is enhanced by being narrated. And I really enjoyed the narrator's interpretation, she and of course Jill Mansell had me chuckling often as I listened. Full of varied characters with various but similar challenges, there was nothing to dislike and all to enjoy. With of course the perfect satisfying ending. Some might say predictable, but then that's what I like in a book! A happy ending.
Tori
Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2016/04/review-...

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t you like parties?”
“The last party I went to, I came face-to-face with my husband’s mistress.”
“Then this one will be much better.”

Carmen lost her husband three years ago. Since then she has merely been going through the motions of life. Her brother in law, Rennie, decides to pop in at Christmas on the excuse he is taking a break, but in reality, he thinks it’s time for Carman to start living again. When Carmen’s
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Madeleine
**Thank you so much to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review**

*3.5/5

Jill Mansell has a way of writing books that I enjoy: the ones with which I can just curl up on a chair and know that I'm going to smile.

And that is just what I got with The One You Really Want, which brings me older, more sensible heroines than the ones targeted at my usual age demographic (i.e. New Adult). I love these older heroines, the ones who have some
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Marguerite Kaye
I got this as a freebie for my Kindle, and I'm afraid I skimmed about the last third, so I can't rate it.

This book was written a while ago (ten years), so I assume that Ms Mansell has changed a lot in the intervening years. This story was a bit too predictably cosy for me, and the characters way too twee. I could see while I was reading it what people liked about it. I liked the multi-stranded story-line, the changing points of view, the fact that the characters had lots of downs as well as
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Linniegayl
I read this for review at All About Romance and gave it a B+, so 4 1/2 stars. I wrote:

I generally read each new book by Jill Mansell within a few days of release, so I was very excited when this appeared on the review list. I was less excited when I discovered it’s a reissue, but ended up quickly captivated, enjoying both the story and the characters. However, if you’re looking for a straightforward romance this isn’t going to suit. Ms. Mansell slowly adds a large number of characters into the
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Susan
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read by Jill Mansell. I love the way her stories meander. Just like in real life, sh*t happens, lol. My particular favorites are Rose and Rennie. They play off each other perfectly. Too bad Rennie does not go for older women*wink,wink. Fortunately, Rennie does end up with the woman he loves,and naturally Nancy, Carmen and Connor all find their true loves also. It is reading about their pairings up with Mr/Ms Wrong along the way that is so much fun.
Anne Brooke
This is an okay romance, but not particularly memorable. The best character in it was the rock-star widow Carmen, so I would have preferred the whole of the novel focus to be with her. I wasn't impressed by the other two major characters. Nancy started off well enough, fleeing from her faithless husband and starting her new life with some gusto - but she soon faded away into a series of unlikely romance and life scenarios. The other main character is teenager, Mia - who is supposed to be funny ...more
Sue
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell was a book I completely enjoyed and felt part of! I laughed (a lot!), cared about the characters, felt heart ache, heart break along side them...but I also felt love and the determination these woman have.

The One You Really Want starts off following Nancy and Carmen as their lives have taken an unexpected turns and it's time for them to take charge and move on. Most times that's easier said than done, though! Soon they find themselves living in Caremn's
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Bookworman
Good story. Enjoyable. Loved the first 2/3. The last part was a bit over complicated but OK.
Stephanie
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT: What a Yarn!
http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201...

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I like Jill's books (I've read three so we're on familiar terms, right?). They leave the sex off the page, but there's plenty of sexual tension. The pieces all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle — perhaps a bit too easily, but there are no loose pieces at the end.

I liked this one because
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Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
I have always both loved and favored a novel penned by author, Jill Mansell and The One You Really Want, has quickly became another fan-favorite of mine.

There were many wonderful traits about the book that stood out to me and yet as always the writing style of the author is what I noticed the most. The story flowed so smoothly although it is about more than one character. Each of the individual characters have their own stories that needs to told, but the each of the women relate to one another
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Inge
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
3.5 stars

I’m just falling more and more in love with Jill Mansell with every book of hers I read. Even though this isn’t the best novel I’ve read of hers, I still read it within three days and smiled throughout the whole thing. This book was just so full with likeable characters – there’s Rose, your typical little old lady you can’t help but love, and Mia, a snarky sixteen-year-old girl with a penchant for setting up her dad with women who aren’t his ex-girlfriend Sadie. The last to close off
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Clare O'Beara
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-romance
This somewhat cosy modern romance novel goes up to Edinburgh and down to London, meets married, separated, widowed and single women of three generations and mixes them up with some fun characters in the way of men. The emphasis is on the personal, not a struggle to survive. Women are shown as having identities outside marriage and an ability to adapt. The multi-stranded story carries warnings as well as romances.

Men round out the cast; there is the possibly philandering husband, the perhaps too
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Razvan Banciu
That sort of modern fairy tale in which you take one of more young women (in their twenties or thirties) and put them into trouble. Their lover or husband is a villain, their boss a rascal, their best friend is good or bad, as the circumstances demand, and so on. Close to the final, an abrupt twist happens and voila the happy-end. So, it's only a matter of how much sugar the author pours into the syrup, this time a little bit too much...
And yet Rose and Rennie are two beautiful characters...
Ann
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Nancy discovers her husband is having an affair she moves in with her best friend Carman in London. She meets several men and then has her husband fighting to get her back. A light hearted romance with several side stories that make it even more interesting. I like Jill Mansell's style of writing and her upbeat cast of characters.
Neil Plakcy
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this book. Great characters and a fun, twisty plot so that while I hoped certain characters could get together I was never sure because other possibilities came up and I kept on reading to see how it would all end up. Very satisfying, charming read.
Lindsey
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This took me longer than usual to read, but I got busy with holiday stuff. I love Jill Mansell. That’s no secret. This story was precious, but it did have some parts that were kinda unnecessary to the storyline.
Meredith
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because it was a story about a group of friends putting their lives back together and starting over after some tragic circumstances. I liked how the characters were there for their friends in the good times and the bad times.
Nienke
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult, chick-lit
I still think Nancy and Connor deserved more attention in this book, compared to Carmen and Rennie
Lisa Roberts
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jill Mansell's books. They always make me laugh and I know my reading self is in good hands with a terrific storyteller.
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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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