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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 accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn't have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas...

And she wouldn't have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn't fall in love with...

354 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 25, 2018

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Jill Mansell

72 books4,364 followers
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.

Jill Mansell's books have sold over ten million copies and her titles include: Making your Mind up, Fast Friends, Good at Games, Sheer Mischief and Solo, among many others.

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Profile Image for Melisa.
324 reviews516 followers
July 13, 2018
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 those people, you hold onto them and don’t let them go. This was my favorite part of this book - the hearts of some of these characters were so huge and overflowing with love - it was a great place to be in the few days it took me to read this. I was able to step outside of all the craziness that goes on in the world and be surrounded by a wonderful story with wonderful characters.

Of course, Zillah, the fabulous octogenarian, was my favorite character - I will be thinking of her and her heart for a very long time, and maybe even coveting her enviable wardrobe and shoe collection.

This is an utterly charming book that will pull at your heartstrings, will have you laughing, and perhaps even shedding a tear. And this is why we read, isn’t it? To feel. And oh boy, will you ever feel here.

A huge thank you to Anne Cater, Jill Mansell, and Headline Books for including me in this tour and to Sourcebooks for my US copy. You can find the blog tour post here: https://thebookcollective.net/2018/07...
Profile Image for Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader.
2,184 reviews30.5k followers
June 27, 2018
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.

Wow, there’s a lot to love in book! Warm-hearted, loving characters abound, and there are a few interesting storylines taking place in addition to Essie’s.

First, let’s start with Essie. She is likable and, really, her email was just her being honest about how she felt. Fortunately for her, that email set in motion a positive, new phase in her life, possibly better and more enriching than her old one.

Zillah is a love, a ball of fun, enjoys dressing up in high heels; all at a young eighty-three years old. I perked up every time Zillah was mentioned!

Of course there are a couple charming male characters that add some swoon factor and fun, but I don’t want to name any names and spoil Essie’s evolution.

Jill Mansell has done it again with This Could Change Everything! It is a most endearing, lighthearted, quirky, and utterly enchanting romance. If you enjoy old school Sophie Kinsella or uplifting, sweet reads, Mansell is a go-to. I wish I could read this one all over again, and one day, you betcha, I will!

Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity read this ARC. This Could Change Everything is available now!

My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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2,038 reviews709 followers
December 30, 2018
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 world of how truly awesome the sender's life was? They have the perfect life, the super successful children, a husband who is devoted, vacations, and on and on. Don't you sometimes wish you could send a letter that told the truth? That your life wasn't that great, that you were getting fat, that your bird died, and that you hate your mother in law? Of course you would never send it though. Well Essie decides to have some fun and writes a letter that tells the truth never in a million years intending to send it. But, as is often the case a mistake happens and zoom that letter is sent and the damage is done. Essie's life is over, well not really but she now has to move on and move on she does.

Essie moves to another town and meets a bevy of likeable characters and her life which looked desperately awful turns into something she never expected.

This was a charming story, a lovely sweet tale where when you are at your lowest the only place you can go is up. So if you are in need of a pleasant read, one to take to the beach, the pool, or on vacation, this might be the one for you. It is a bit contrived but hey who doesn't like a book where you can enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of a sacchariferous story?

Thank you to Jill Mansell, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, and NetGalley for a copy of this cute tale.
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2,791 reviews961 followers
July 3, 2018
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 her contacts list.

Essie writes one of those weird Round Robin letters that people send out around Christmas. Instead of her lying about her accomplishments she is brutally honest about what a pain her boss is and how her boyfriend's cleaning habits are a bit much. Only problem is that her boss is also her boyfriend's mother. Essie invited her brother to say with her and a friend he meets ends up staying the night (Lucas) who thought it would be very funny to send the email out to everyone Essie knows.

Essie ends up meeting an older woman named Ziillah looking to rent the top floor of her home. Zillah realizes that Essie will make a great tenant and happily welcomes her to her home along with another tenant named Conner. Mansell has the story going back and forth between these three.

My favorite character to read about was Zillah. Zillah is in her 80s and has some regrets about her life. Married three times, and only one of those marriages being successful, she wishes she didn't marry her first two husbands. We also find out that Zillah is up to making amends a bit by using her money to make wishes come true for dying adults. I don't know if I liked this little subplot or not. I ended up reading and not feeling much of anything about that which is weird for me. I cry at a drop of a hat usually. I think I just ended up feeling emotionally manipulated and didn't care for it.

I didn't really like Essie much at all. She ends up going back to being a waitress and works for Lucas. Lucas and Essie seem to like each other, big problem is that Essie blames him for ruining her life and Lucas has a seemingly perfect girlfriend. As readers you have to hope they get together which means cheating (bah). I also hated the reveal about Lucas and his life and the whole email thing. It didn't make any sense,

Conner is a snob. There is no way to explain his whole thing. I wasn't rooting for him and hated the fact that Scarlett (Essie's best friend) even had a crush on him.

The writing was okay, but unlike with previous Mansell books there was nothing that really made any characters sing. I was bored for most of these stories and thought that Mansell took an easy route out to resolve some things instead of making us dislike certain characters.
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896 reviews485 followers
July 24, 2018
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 intended to be seen by anyone else, her laptop fell into the wrong hands and the email went viral to everyone in Essie’s contacts – and then the media. Not such a big deal you might think, but it was the comments about her boyfriend and his mother – who also happened to be her boss, that lost Essie her boyfriend, home and job.

Luckily for Essie, fate steps in and she meets someone who can help; ending up in a super attic flat in a house in a desirable part of Bath. She is not the only occupant of the converted house. Also living there is Conor, an ex solicitor with a conscience now working as a gardener. Conor has his own backstory, which is very poignant and touching and shows what a really decent guy he is.

There are so many wonderful and engaging characters here, it would be hard to pick a favourite, and as much as I loved Essie for her sparkly personality and resilience, I think Zillah gives her a run for her money. Calculating but in a kind way, perceptive and at times just downright awkward, she is the star of the book. She has certainly lived a colourful life. Being a very wealthy lady, she has a unique way of giving something back – one which was rather lovely and made me quite wet eyed.

I’ve read all of Jill Mansell’s books over the years and each time I say the latest is my favourite! Well, guess what. This Could Change Everything is definitely my favourite (to date!!). It has everything that I want in a story of this genre – interesting characters that you can care about, laugh and cry with, romance (but not too slushy), clever and humorous dialogue.

This Could Change Everything is heartwarming and uplifting and a story about fate and second chances and seizing the moment. I adored it and have no doubt that it will make my list of top books this year.
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3,000 reviews1,644 followers
June 27, 2020
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 the plots. They're interwoven and have lots of moving parts. So I think I'll stick with how I liked all the core characters and I think Mansell does a fantastic job making all the people relevant and interesting, kept the pace moving along smartly, and came to a more-than-satisfactory conclusion.

I do think there are a few too many convenient happenstances. And my heart went out to some of the also-rans who didn't find their HEA in the story, even if I'm glad their almost-partner ended up in the better-suited relationship in the end.

Anyway. This is a solid four stars and I'm glad I took the time to check this book out. I was in the right mood and this slotted in at just the right time.

A note about Chaste: Sex happens, but anything explicit happens off-page. There's some mentions of sex and some intimate moments that aren't sex. So it's a tricky designation and others might not agreet that it qualifies as chaste.
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2,311 reviews63 followers
February 4, 2018
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 finishes his relationship with Essie. Who would want to stay in a relationship after finding things written about your own mother? What will happen to Essie now? And where will she live? Find out more what happens to Essie by reading the Unputdownable This Could Change Everything.
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1,080 reviews43 followers
June 27, 2018
Dit boek was echt super! Ik heb enorm genoten van dit boek, ook al was veel voorspelbaar. Voor mij drukte dat de pret niet, omdat ik vaak alsnog nieuwsgierig was naar hoe het zou gebeuren. Vooral toen het nieuws van Giselle bekend werd, vroeg ik mij af hoe het zou aflopen. Uiteindelijk had het einde wel iets spectaculairder gemogen, maar het was wel realistisch, vond ik zelf. Al met al vond ik het een top boek en een enorme aanrader.
Profile Image for Cressida McLaughlin.
Author 50 books506 followers
January 11, 2018
This book is gorgeous, romantic, life-affirming perfection. I’ve been lost in it all day and never wanted to be found.
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440 reviews40 followers
October 31, 2018
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 needed right now. A pick-me-up romantic story to get away from the stress of real life, even if it's only for a little while. The characters were all great and interesting, and even though the storyline was super predictable - it was still very cute/romantic/hilarious/etc. Would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a light read. As far as chicklits go, this is a pretty good one and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Profile Image for Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros).
672 reviews42 followers
May 22, 2020
"(...)Gostei imenso da forma como ela criou personagens cheias de vida e de boa disposição e com tanta inclinação para o "desastre". Como exemplo mais do que perfeito, temos a nossa Essie. Perde o namorado, o emprego, a casa onde vive tudo na mesma altura e de uma forma magistralmente divertida e completamente aleatória. É que ela não é das pessoas mais afortunadas que existe e a prova disso é que uma simples noitada do irmão com um amigo indesejado lá em casa, basta para semear o caos na vida dela. No entanto, como ninguém é assim tão azarado, quis o destino que uma pequena senhora octogenária, cheia de vida e elegância cruzasse o seu caminho e a colocasse no caminho certo.(...)"

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2,651 reviews176 followers
July 7, 2018
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 boyfriendless. Her luck changes for the better though when she meets Zillah who takes her under her wing and offers her a roof over her head. The house and the square that they live on sounded so idyllic and I could easily visualise it in my head. 

There are quite a few characters that stand out for different reasons. They all bring something to this wonderful story and it really makes for a feel good read. 

This Could Change Everything is a life changing read. I would like to think from this wonderful story that it will make people sit back and think and maybe change their life for the better. It oozes positivity and charm and makes you want to give people a chance in life. Loved it. A heart warming and engaging read that fans of this genre will adore.

My thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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729 reviews96 followers
June 22, 2019
Já perdi conta às vezes que disse isto mas cá vai mais uma: podemos sempre contar com Jill Mansell para umas horas bem passadas!

Divertido e descomplicado, um livro ideal para as nossas pausas nas leituras mais pesadas e sérias. Gostei bastante.
Profile Image for Kathryn.
1,510 reviews249 followers
May 10, 2018
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 well.

Essie is another easy to like. She has the horror of her email sent out accidentally to her whole address book. In it she is very honest about some people and it doesn't go down well. However really it sets in motion the next phase in Essie's life... which was so good.

Then there is Connor who rents the flat above Zillah, he keeps an eye on her, and is an excellent photographer. I liked that he had the courage to change his life completely, be honest and move on. He makes a few mistakes in romance but it all added to the fun.

Lucas is an adorable character, a very handsome one too and very much part of the story. I don't want to give too much away about his involvement in things because it would spoil the story but just let's say he has an interesting back story which makes him just that little bit more vulnerable.

If you like a light hearted, quirky story then this one will satisfy. I was charmed by it and it will certainly be one I remember.
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1,287 reviews24 followers
August 28, 2020
Já há muito tempo que não lia um livro desta autora... Depois da Saída de Emergência ter deixado de editar pensei, porra, adoro esta autora e vou ter que me aventurar a ler os livros dela em inglês? Até que a TopSeller fez uma excelente aposta! Adoro mesmo os livros e este não ficou atrás. Começamos por ver que algumas das personagens estão interligadas umas e com as outras, o que é bom, e tentamos rapidamente perceber o porquê dela personagem entrar na história, com tanto segredo à mistura e tropelias que temos, é um livro que fica bastante fácil de ler, e do qual se acaba por gostar bastante e ficar completamente agarrada ao livro para tentar ver qual seria o fim. Adoro!! Obrigada Topseller!

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473 reviews100 followers
February 19, 2020
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
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741 reviews113 followers
July 15, 2018
An ideal pick-me-up for the summer! This one made me happy 😊
Profile Image for Kaisha (The Writing Garnet).
655 reviews163 followers
July 16, 2018
All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

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 cover (sorry!), but on this occasion, the fact that it was a Jill Mansell novel was enough for me to think 'OMG I NEED TO READ IT!'. The cover gives nothing away, with the title doing holding the weight of the storyline, and what a brilliant job it does. How could anyone not be intrigued by a title of, 'This Could Change Everything'? WHAT could change everything? WHY would it change everything? And, more to the point, what exactly is 'everything'? Thankfully after reading this outstanding book, I now have the answers to my questions. I may have started with copious amounts of curiosity, but now I feel as though my soul has been given a truly wonderful gift thanks to Jill Mansell's storytelling.

Have you ever had a moment where your judgement has been clouded, you choose to do something which could backfire if it were to get into the wrong hands, yet you still do it anyway? Look, we are all human. I'd be more surprised if anyone sat there and shook their heads in answer to that questions. In the heat of the moment, a badly thought out decision is incredibly appealing. It's not until logistics are added to it that things begin to look a bit less, how do I put this....exciting. Essie made a mistake like that, and now her 'perfect' life is threatening to fall apart around her. But is that honestly a bad thing? Was Essie just going with the flow because she wasn't aware of her place in life? Or did she genuinely love her life the way that it was? Obviously, now that I have read the book I have my own thoughts on that. Don't panic though, I won't be divulging as there is a chance my opinions could be seen as a spoiler.

'This Could Change Everything' is such a multi-layered, three-dimensional, and emotional read - for once, I can't even state who my favourite character is, nor can I state a character who I dislike as there was so many beautiful situations and characters to focus on, the less majestic ones didn't stay in my mindset long enough to make too much of an impression. Well, there were definitely a couple of people who rubbed me up the wrong way and made my eyebrows shoot up to my hairline, but that's neither here nor there ;).

You want to know something? I completely underestimated just how much I would fall in love with this book because for once, I allowed myself to surrender to the romanticism of a storyline and the romantic intentions of certain characters. I've always been the type of person who hides behind 'I'm not a romantic person in the slightest', because I get too embarrassed by lovey dovey feelings. However, Essie, Lucas, and Zillah, showed me that love can be shown in a multitude of formats, and it's only embarrassing if you allow it to be. Take Zillah for example. A woman in her eighties who refused to let herself settle for second best where a man was concerned. Yes, she made many mistakes, and yes, she had to pay for them in the form of guilt, for many, many years. But now? Zillah shows just how beautiful love can be by embarking on a selfless journey which ends up filling other people's hearts with utmost joy, all because she believes in love and happiness. Nothing embarrassing about that now, is there?

'This Could Change Everything' in its entirety, got under my skin on a level I have never experience before. I loved how the storyline started off calm, gradually building up to things the more characters Mansell introduced to her readers. Her storyline wasn't just put together with her words in black and white, no. Jill Mansell wrote her story with such tender loving care, bringing her words to life with such magnetism, humour, and colourful characters. 'This Could Change Everything' is a book that is bang on the money, because it has certainly changed everything for me.

I love this book with all of my heart - it has everything I could want from a storyline, everything I didn't realise I wanted, and everything in between. Jill Mansell is an outstanding author, but this is definitely her best book by far. I don't often re-read books, but I will be re-reading this one time and time again. Out-flipping standing, powerful, and severely poignant - hello new favourite book!
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2,836 reviews500 followers
June 24, 2018
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 acts of kindness to complete strangers and also organises last wishes for people with not long left to live in the local hospice. By trying to re-create their happiest day of their lives.

If only there were more people like her in real life, the world would be a far better place. In the opening chapter I was instantly drawn to her, without knowing why in one of the more unlikely opening chapters I have read.

Essie's introduction, with her best friend Scarlett is just as memorable and leads of Essie being plastered all over the media after an email she had written ended up being sent to everyone. It lead to her life changing and at the time not for the better.

Scarlett is a breath of fresh air, and we continually discover she has hidden depths about her, and I found myself amused by her and loving her more and more as the book progresses.

Connor lives in Percival Square with Zillah, and it is the section where we learn what lead to him changing his life and career, which shows what a lovely gentleman he is.

There are many storylines that keep your interest all wrapped up in Jill Mansell's wonderful ability to tell a story, to draw you in and keep you entertained. This a book that could make you think, as so much of the story focuses on actions and their effects on others for the best or worst.

All the characters are really believable and there are some really slow burning romances in here. All the back stories are interesting, and overall it is just a wonderful book.
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Author 1 book29 followers
July 16, 2019
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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1,571 reviews87 followers
February 2, 2018

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 what is between this beautiful cover is just Jill Mansell at her best - she presents us with a lovely, heart - warming story with a great heroine, some difficult situations and a fairy - godmother.

There is a great mix of colourful characters in this story. Essie very quickly, right at the beginning, gets herself in troubles by writing a round robin email that was supposed to land only in her best friend Scarlett's inbox but somehow is sent to all her contacts. Round robin, where Essie writes what she thinks about her boyfriend and her prospective mother - in - law as well, so you can imagine the consequences, right. Who has sent it and why?
What I so adore in Jill Mansell's book, so also in this one, is the fact that the characters come into each other lives by chance and usually stay friends, creating an incredible group of colourful, real characters. I was totally engrossed in all their ups and downs, problems, troubles and complications. They are all so well drawn, together with their fortes and flaws as well, and I loved their sense of humour and determination.

The darker and heavier issues are handled with gentleness and subtlety and light touch. I totally adored the idea of Zillah being the wonderful fairy godmother, making wishes come true for the residents of the hospice.
Sure, the things happened oh so very conveniently for our characters but oh my, so what? It didn't bother me at all. And that the characters mostly were more lucky than clever? Let them!

Altogether, it was - as expected and awaited by me - a light and enjoyable read with some twists and turns and surprises on the way, and ha! Let it surprise you when it comes to the romances - let me just tell you that not everybody ends with people you think they're going to end. There is everything in the book - plenty of the highest level humour, but of course mixed with some poignant moments and difficult situations, a budding romance or two that are not so straightforward, broken hearts, tons of friendship and warm feelings. It was like a sunbeam on a grey, dull day and it cheered me up ceaselessly. "This Could Change Everything" was a funny, moving, heart - warming, uplifting read, and I totally loved it - highly recommended!

Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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73 reviews32 followers
March 11, 2018
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 from the get-go what is going to happen, but I enjoy that. Sometimes my theories are off, sometimes I am so spot on I feel like I could have written the book for Mansell because I'm that in tune with her. This book fits in with the latter.

The premise of this book is the idea that a single mistake or accident or wrong decision has the potential to uproot your whole life. The idea that a single event can set you on a path you'd never have planned for. (The butterfly effect, in a nutshell.)

Essie wrote a brutally honest round-robin meant for her best friend only, but someone went behind her back and sent it to her entire address book. Including her boyfriend's mother, whom she had some choice things to say about! It's a disaster and Essie not only loses her relationship, but her job and her home. She must now find another job - only, her boss might be the last person she wants to see!

Conor used to work as a solicitor until one day he met a client who wanted him to write up her will. She was a young mother dying of cancer. Her love of life spurred Conor to leave the career that was making him miserable. Now finally doing something he loves, will his love life improve too? Will the one person he cannot stand turn into the woman of his dreams?

Zillah is a bombshell 80-year-old paying for her past mistakes. She has a string of failed marriages and has broken several hearts along the way, something she is deeply ashamed of. Now she spends her days giving out good Karma, doing little deeds to cheer others up. Will Zillah reconcile with her past mistakes before it's too late?

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I didn't feel that urge to abandon other tasks in order to pick this up once I had put it down, but I did find myself drawn in by the characters. The last 100 pages were probably the best for me, the final chapter especially. It's by no means by favourite Mansell book but it's still a good story.
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September 19, 2018
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 read by Jill Mansell, and she seems to have a real knack for writing books that make me feel so happy after reading them. I can't wait to read more books by her.
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81 reviews25 followers
April 25, 2020
Mais um livro muito ao estilo da Jill Mansell. Personagens envolventes e com histórias divertidas à mistura! Nunca desilude ☺️
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May 23, 2020
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Ogni cosa può cambiare è una storia affascinante sul destino e sulle seconde possibilità che trasuda positività e che scalda il cuore. Protagonista del romanzo è Essie Phillips, una donna forte, indipendente e intelligente che ha un lavoro, una vita felice e un fidanzato gentile e premuroso che la ama e la fa sentire al centro delle sue attenzioni. Insomma il perfetto Principe Azzurro che la rende felice. Finché un giorno una lettera circolare non manda in frantumi tutto quello che ha costruito fino ad ora con il suo fidanzato e futuro marito. Ma non tutti i guai vengono per nuocere e quella che le si prospetta davanti diviene una nuova possibilità offerta del destino per cambiare la sua vita, inseguire i suoi sogni e scegliere ciò che è giusto per lei. Trasferirsi in un’altra città è l’occasione giusta per ricominciare da capo, per fare nuovi incontri e cavarsela da sola. Zillah Walsh è un’anziana signora benestante con tanti rimpianti che le offre un tetto sopra la testa e l’aiuto di cui ha bisogno nel momento in cui meno se lo aspetta. Nella stessa casa vive Conor, un ex avvocato che ha affittato un piano della casa di Zillah e che ha avuto il coraggio di cambiare completamente la sua vita, di essere onesto e andare avanti. Conosciamo la sua storia, il suo passato e il suo presente. Un altro personaggio importante è Lucas, colui che le ha rovinato la vita e che al tempo stesso rimedia ai suoi errori offrendole il lavoro che lei desidera. Ogni cosa può cambiare è una storia piacevole, spensierata e stravagante, adatta proprio per questo periodo, che ci fa sorridere, divertire, emozionarci e scendere una lacrima sul viso. Lo stile di scrittura è scorrevole, edificante e fresco, tanto che è facile affezionarci alla protagonista e alla dolcissima Zillah. Tutti i personaggi sono ben caratterizzati nella loro profondità, grazie soprattutto ai diversi punti di vista in terza persona che ci offrono la possibilità di scoprire il background di ogni personaggio e le loro vite che si intrecciano in modo inaspettato, creando legami e un susseguirsi di eventi fino alla conclusione del romanzo. Una storia dedicata al coraggio di ricominciare, alla forza che abbiamo dentro, alla bontà che dimora nel cuore delle persone che quando le trovi, le tieni strette e non le lasci più andare.

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99 reviews2 followers
May 25, 2023
Like a warm hug. As always, Jill's writing draws you in with fully formed, quirky, and lovable characters. It's a great story as always.
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39 reviews2 followers
May 16, 2018
"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 be honest the story of this book is really good, she just doesn't focus in one or two characters and that's what makes her books different from others.

If you just want to take break after reading lot of fantasies and thrillers then you found the right book my friend.

The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars because of the ending it could have been better other than that everything's good.
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2,079 reviews
June 5, 2018
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 Mansell’s in my hands. I know the writing will flow smoothly, the characters will be a hoot, and their antics will bring out all the feels. Her cast of intriguing characters in This Could Change Everything held my attention from the very beginning. Read More
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