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This Could Change Everything

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,185 ratings  ·  750 reviews

If only Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that went viral...

On the one hand, if Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that only her best friend was meant to see - then she'd still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding...

On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn't

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Published January 25th 2018 by Review
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am so very excited to be on the blog tour for the UK paperback release of This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. I have read several of Jill’s books and they are always are a sure thing, however this one was just the very, very best. Oh, how I loved it!

When Essie goes through a (slightly hilarious) major life altering change, she finds herself in several new circumstances, and her life will be changed forever.

This is a story about the goodness that exists in people, and when you find t
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 uplifting, happy stars to This Could Change Everything! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Essie Phillips wrote a ranting email about her boss, who happens to be her boyfriend’s mother, and somehow, it was inadvertently sent to everyone in her address book! As things tend to go these days, the email went viral. Essie stands to lose not just her job, but her relationship and her apartment as well.

How can she repair the damage? Flighty Essie decides to run as fast as she can to a new town and start entirely over.

Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 cutsie stars
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This story had quite a bit of charm. Essie Phillips is a lucky girl. She has a man she loves, an upcoming marriage, and lots of life happening things opening up before her eyes. All is perfect, well...outside the fact that her future mother in law hates her but other than that (and the fact she works for said upcoming MIL), life looks wonderful.

Did you ever receive one of those holiday letters informing the wor
Ehh this was definitely missing something. I have enjoyed the last two Mansell books I have read, but this one felt a bit empty and I honestly didn't like two out of the three main characters. I was more intrigued by a secondary character and definitely wished for her to have a better love interest than the one she got in the end.

"This Could Change Everything" has Essie Phillips getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend after an email she writes is accidentally sent to everyone in he
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The moment I met eighty three year old Zillah Walsh on the very first page, I knew that I was going to love this book. It’s escapism at its very best. Zillah was a fabulous character – no chance of her getting around on a mobility scooter. An open top Mercedes was more her style.

Essie thought she had found the perfect boyfriend in Paul, until that round robin letter, in the form of an email was sent just before Christmas. Meant as a joke between her and her best friend Scarlett and never intende
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five ginormous stars. I can always rely on my favourite author Jill Mansell to tell a page turning story with characters that I adore. Oh dear why did Essie start to write insults about her boyfriends mother? This could have been her future mother in law. Essie wrote things about her boyfriends mother on her laptop and disaster happens when it all goes viral. It wasn't Essie that sent the insults about Paul's mother viral, no it was someone else but who I'm not declaring. So rightly too Paul fin ...more
Cressida McLaughlin
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is gorgeous, romantic, life-affirming perfection. I’ve been lost in it all day and never wanted to be found.
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, chaste
This isn't really romance. And not quite chick lit. But it's kind of both. If you're confused, it's because you haven't experienced Jill Mansell before. Fortunately, I knew what to expect so I wasn't phased. Characteristics of a Jill Mansell story: a lot of PoV hopping, a lot of characters, and two or more forefronted romance plotlines, some of whom are sleeping with folks they don't end up with.

I'm having a hard time reviewing this because there's just so much to unpack if I do anything about t
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I knew from the opening page I was going to love this book and I wasn't wrong.

As soon as we meet Zillah, I couldn't wait to find out more about her. I think she could teach us many a thing in life. I like how she believes in people and takes risks. For a woman in her eighties, she certainly lives life to the fullest and I thought she was the most fabulous of characters. Certainly one I will remember very fondly.

Essie is the main character who due to a bit of bad luck finds herself jobless and bo
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

It's been a while since I've last read a Jill Mansell book and I have to say: I kind of missed it. Her writing is hilarious and I've always loved her for her subtle Harry Potter references. This book was a really nice surprise and while reading it, I've immediately put her other recently published book on my to read shelf.

'This Could Change Everything' was such a lovely yet incredibly predictable read and I absolutely loved it from start to finish. It was just what I nee
This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell was a joy to read. One of those books you can just pick up and relax into. It was a great mix of wonderful and endearing characters, with a little fun and a bit of romance thrown in.

I loved Zillah, what a character, the kind of person I'd love to be at eighty three. She was warm and generous, loves dressing up and going out and having a good time, yet very thoughtful of others. She's quite human so has a little guilt and regret thrown in there as wel
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cheating, 2018-books
It was okay but I skimmed read many parts. I liked the character of Zillah but couldn't connect with the others such as Lucas and Conor. I enjoyed the setting chosen for the book of the square, Bristol and the drive up to Glasgow past many places I know well. I liked the detail of Carlisle. Overall I've read better books but some parts were enjoyable.I hope to enjoy the next book of Jill Mansell I pick up more. 2.5 Stars ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An ideal pick-me-up for the summer! This one made me happy 😊
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I am just going to put this out here - 'This Could Change Everything' is my most favourite book of 2018 so far. What a phenomenally written, enchanting, and heart-warming read! Never in my life have I read anything like this before and, whilst I'm being perfectly honest, I really don't think I will again for a while (well, until Jill Mansell publishes her next book!).

I have always been a reader who judges a book by its
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily this is Jill Mansell at her uplifting and heartwarming book, in this tale of fate and chance. As it is a series of chance meetings and incidents that leads to Conor, Zillah and Essie all sharing a house, and Essie meeting Lucas.

And its thanks to Zillah's enigmatic personality that you realise what a special lady she is. Yes I know the blurb may imply that Essie is the main character but to me Zillah is the heart and soul of this book.

She in her 80s, and is prone to random unexpected act
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-publishers
This is fabulous! Throw it in your beach bag. This is the first book of hers that I have read. I loved it. Very cleaver and funny. Fabulous summer read. Check it out.
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-releases

A proud owner of all Jill Mansell's books speaking here (I must take a photo of them all standing on my bookshelf, totally) - no need to mention that I of course have read them all, and loved all of them, without exception. Every new release from this author is impatiently awaited by yours truly. The beautiful orange cover of this brand new offer from Ms Mansell catches your eye immediately - I can't recall a book cover in such lovely, warm colours as this of "This Could Change Everything". And
Chelsea Lowe
An enjoyable, well-written, but incredibly predictable plot. If you don't suss out what's going to happen after reading the first 5 chapters, you need to see your doctor!

I love Jill Mansell's books. To date, there has only been one of her books I haven't enjoyed, which is good odds I think. You know what you're getting with Mansell - she'll give you a plethora of characters, intermingled storylines, some twists, and a happy ending. It's classic, textbook romance. Yes, it is blindingly obvious fr
Fayzaan Shaba
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
"Why do people have to pretend their lives are perfect? All it does make other people feel like failures. Why can't they be honest about what's going on?

"Everyday we do things that are capable of changing everything, and that's what makes life exciting."

Some people here are fussing about the plot that it was too predictable and all. What are you reading a Mystery/Thriller ? Well, there is something in "Jill Mansell" way of writing once you start reading her book you just can't stop yourself, to
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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This Could Change Everything was an absolutely wonderful new novel by Jill Mansell that touched upon how the choices we make can cause a ripple effect around us. Touching, funny, down-to-earth, and oh-so satisfying, I adored every moment spent reading this book.

“Every day, we do things that are capable of changing everything, and that’s what makes life exciting.”

I’m always thrilled when I get a new novel (or ebook!) of Jill Manse
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always look forward to reading books by this author. I know it will be well written, be full of smiles and tears and will always be a guaranteed 4 or 5 stars. This one wasn’t any different. It kept me entertained throughout, I loved the characters especially Essie and Scarlett. Each had their own strong personality and I’d love to read a sequel to this one. Highly recommended.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating
It was okay but I found myself skim reading some of it. There were too many characters and it went from one to the other too much for me. I liked Zillah but didn't care too much for Lucas, Connor or Essie. I enjoyed the drive up to Glasgow past, Lancaster, Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle. I enjoyed the characters stop off in Carlisle. I also enjoyed reading about Bristol. Overall I've read better Jill Mansell books and hope I enjoy the next one of her books I pick up more. 2.5 Stars ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Essie is settled. She's living with her boyfriend Paul, she has a job and all is going well. It's almost Christmas and Essie and her friend Scarlett are chuckling over a Round Robin letter sent by friends of Paul's family. Essie's decision to write her own version of the Christmas Round Robin seems like the funniest of jokes .... until the next morning, when she wakes up to find that the letter has been forwarded to everyone in her contacts list. Yes, everyone; including Paul's mother, and that ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ What could be more glorious than sitting at a pavement cafe on a sunny afternoon in June, wearing a marvelous new hat and witnessing an imminent crime?

This book was such a delight. I was pulled in by that first line and held to the page the rest of the book. This Could Change Everything was so beautifully written. It was fleshed out perfectly and well plotted with themes that all readers can relate to. I have not read many books by Mansell and now I must read more. I can see her wri
Lydia Bailey
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I have a love-hate relationship with chick-lit but have only found a handful which I’ve really loved. This was a good read & I enjoyed it on the whole, it kept me interested with many interesting & varied characters. The storylines too were original & varied though the main romantic ‘will they/won’t theys’were easy to predict. The opening chapter was great so I was a little disappointed when it began to get fluffy & flouncy & the last line has to be the cheesiest ending to any story since Pretty ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading Jill Mansell's This Could Change Everything several months ago, and the characters have stuck with me since then. The novel centers on Essie, whose life is turned upside down when her scathing but hilarious Christmas round-robin email is sent to her entire address book by Lucas, a stranger who drove her drunk brother home from a party. She and her friend Scarlett had planned to exchange these letters privately as Christmas gifts. But what Lucas thought was harmless fun results ...more
Shannon Rochester
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew as soon as I met Zillah that this was going to be a book that would charm me. Some might call her a do-gooder but I think if you have the money and the ability to make good things happen for others, why not? We next meet Essie and all it takes is one stupid decision to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and end her life as she knows it. Essie Phillips never meant for her rant about her boss (who happens to be her boyfriend's mother)to be sent to everyone in her add ...more
Lauren Tess'x
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with this book.

Why did Essie write that round-robin, the one that went viral… it was only meant to be a bit fun between Essie and her friend Scarlett, it was never meant to hurt anyone… until it got sent, that is.

Essie soon finds herself homeless and jobless, can she turn her life around?

This story, the characters, everything about this book kept me reading and unable to put my book down.

This book faces some thought-provoking and moving moments as Zillah offers patients
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Could Change Everything is so sweet and uplifting, with a delightful cast of characters all looking for their happily ever after. As their paths weave and cross, they experience surprises, heart breaks, and finally love. The setting of this story, which takes place during Christmas and winter, feels so warm and cozy. Even though these types of books are always a little cheesy, I found this story to be fresh and lovely without being saccharine or overly dramatic.

This is the second book I've
Hayley 🐝
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A warm story.
One event changes Essie's life completely and as a reader it was a pleasure to watch her new life take shape. All characters in this book are wonderfully portrayed, Zillah is my favourite - she just emits warmth wherever she goes. I guess this book puts the fact that everything really could change in a heartbeat in perspective. I found myself smiling through a lot of this book, understanding that there are kind people in the world who want to make it a better place. An absolute lov
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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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