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Millie's Fling

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  10,031 ratings  ·  689 reviews
Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness

When Millie Brady saves Orla Hart's life she doesn't realise how drastically it will change her own - not least because the boyfriend who was asking her to move in with him at the time stormed off in a huff. Actually, Millie's relieved. She's happ
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 16th 2001 by Headline Review (first published 2001)
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Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Light Romance
My determination to achieve my goal of reading 80 books this year is forcing me to admit to my guilty pleasure: I read lots of romances (especially now that Barnes & Noble is handing them out for free. Curse you, B&N!!!).

Actually, I don't so much "read" them. I plow through them. Skim them. Blast through to the end. Look, it's not like they're Crime and Punishment, (which, incidentally, I just finished). I don't have to spend hours trying to figure out if the rain is symbolic or simply meteorol
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Yikes - was I drinking or otherwise impaired when I wrote this review? Sorry for the typos. I believe they've all been fixed...

I got a Kindle for Christmas. :-)

I've read the criticism about how a Kindle is sacrilege because you don't read a "real book" - no real book smell, no cover art, no page turning, etc. - but I gotta say that I love it. Turning pages is great, I guess. But in the end, I really just like to read. Kindle allows me to do that just as easy, if not easier, than a real book. (I
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I love the Brits’ dry turn of phrase, tongue-in-cheek humour and ability to be self-deprecating. Jill Mansell has straddled all the above ingredients in her refreshing collection of chick-lit. Her books are fun reads; devoid of random smut and brimming with memorable characters, quick-silver dialogue and believable story-lines.

Millie’s Fling is one such fine example. The best way to review this l’il gem would be to give a little heads-up on some of the characters. So here goes:
Mar 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
I downloaded Millie's Fling as a free e-book for the kindle. I was in the mood for something that was light and funny and from the book description it sounded like this story would fit the bill. I’ve never read Brit Lit before (except Harry Potter) and I think I got a pretty good glimpse of British mannerisms and humor in this novel.

This book didn't really work for me--I found it very long and too silly. I think if it had been shorter (and a few less plot lines) I would have liked it more. I fou
Margaret Devaux
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know when you read a book and you don't want it to end? Well this was that book. I enjoyed it so much. Yes it was an easy read and not a classic but still I really liked it. I laughed out loud several times. I even thought about it when I wasn't able to read it. So glad I have discovered this author.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
the first half, and the overall basis of the story were entertaining, but the second half wrapped up so fast. i needed more relationship, less cheezy forced set up situations.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I love Jill Mansell’s books. I’m trash for all of them. Period. The end.
Joanne Lea
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, cheesy, chitlit. Read it few years ago, but title stuck in my head, and now use as email lol.
Kate  Maxwell
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jill Mansell’s characters are the British best friends I never had! They are real, quirky and a whole lot of fun! Millie’s Fling starts off with Millie in a car with her boyfriend who is trying to ask her to move in with him, and all she can focus on is the person at the edge of the cliff who looks like she is contemplating throwing herself over the edge. Her boyfriend is asking her to move in with him, and all she thinks about is how little she cares for him as she throws open the car door to ‘ ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE her writing and this book was no exception. The author created some well rounded, if quirky, character's. And did a very good job with them.

It is really alight-hearted, breezy and funny romance -- perfect for a summer read.
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Mansell has surpassed herself once again in Millie's Fling. Chicklit and women's fiction readers will enjoy this spontaneous journey in Cornwall, England.

"Having ignored his plea, Millie promptly cannoned into the lamp-post behind her. Clutching her left shoulder and trying to pretend it hardly hurt at all--ow, ouch--she wondered why her life had to so closely resemble Mr. Bean's. What she wouldn't give to be sleek and chic and in control at all times." (Page 108-9 of ARC)

Millie is a down-t
Ashley Reading Stewardess
While sitting in her boyfriend's car listening to him try and convince her to move in with him, Millie spy's famous romance writer Orla Hart about to commit suicide. Jumping out of the car, and subsequently ending her relationship, Millie runs to Orla's side and convinces her that just because Orla's husband has been found out ot be cheating on her, that killing herself isn't the way to get even. What ensues is a non-stop roller coaster ride full of rollicking fun and laughs with Millie blunderi ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millie and Orla's meeting will change both of their lives. Orla because Millie just saved her life, and Millie because Orla is determined to make Millie the heroine in her next big romance novel. Unfortunately for Orla's story, Millie doesn't have a romance budding at the moment. Orla doesn't despair though. She sets right to work writing down all of the events that happen in Millie's life and arranging for Millie to "meet" some guys. Orla's taste in men is kind of bad, and Millie's has to navig ...more
Like all of Jill Mansell's books, this story is funny, sweet and a bit sad at times. I really enjoyed the plot and even though it's a "chick lit" novel and I knew how it would end, getting there was fun. There are a lot of funny moments and some really sweet ones. There are a few cringe-worthy moments but I thought they were done for laughs and played out OK. I liked Millie because she's an average woman. She's ordinary looking, not super talented at anything and struggles to find her way. Aside ...more
Meredith Schorr
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like I've told so many people lately, I have a giant author crush on Jill Mansell. Millie's Fling is the fifth book of hers I've read and I loved it as much as the others - more. It was my favorite.

I love the way her books have one main character and her storyline is central to the plot, but each supporting character has a separate but related story. It must be so difficult to keep everything straight and I picture Mansell surrounded by post-it notes and graphs in her writing area! In this book,
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, own, 2011
This was quite a big book, but it took me only a couple of days to finish. I was starting to think Mansell was losing her touch, but boy, was I wrong.

Millie is one of the most endearing characters I've read about to date. She is nice, witty, funny, charming and very spontaneous. Hugh is also a great character, and made for a great hero - a dash of romance, with a sprinkle of tormented past, guilt, sex, and a bunch of coincidences and you get yourself the full package.

Obviously, like her other bo
Wendy Hines
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Millie Brady saves best-selling romance novelist Orla Hart from jumping to her death one afternoon. Orla is so grateful that she has decided to make Millie the heroine in her next book. She is determined that Millie will find that special someone over the summer and she'll do whatever she can to make it happen. She'll interview and hire just the perfect hunky gardener, she'll have a party in Millie's honor and invite celebrities, and she'll set her up with who she thinks Millie may find acceptab ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, romance, steamy
I liked this book a whole lot more than it probably deserved. The writing is a bit rocky, though not egregiously so, and there's not a lot of depth to the characters, really. Still, I ended up liking it quite a bit, mostly because Millie was charming and fun to tag along with.

The most noticeable problem with the writing is that there are even more perspective shifts than is typical, even for romance novels. You end up riding along with most of the side characters at one point or another, even so
MB (What she read)
I got this book through Goodreads Bookswap. It was an ARC and I found it nearly unreadable. I made it halfway but couldn't force myself to finish it. I'm not sure that is due to Mansell's style--this was my first (and likely last) book by her--or whether it was due to it being an ARC. I will say that I do read a lot of chick lit, so it wasn't the subject matter (although I found it boring and fairly inane for the genre). I do think that Mansell's writing style as well as horrible formatting issu ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was a complete waste of time, alas. I found it on my Nook - I think it was a "free Friday" download from B&N which I must have forgotten about - and I felt like something easy to read so I read it. About the only good thing I can say about it though is that she writes decently and grammatically. Apart from that the plot was dull and predictable, the characters were not particularly riveting, and there weren't even any steamy love scenes to add entertainment value ... just a rather pred ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what I was looking for- a light, easy read that kept me interested and entertained.
When Millie impulsively decides to save Orla's life, their lives become tangled in strange ways. Orla, the blockbuster author, needs something different to write about. Millie, recently unemployed and single, looks to be just the thing. With a whole cast of crazy, (mostly) loveable secondary characters, Millie doesn't necessarily shine brightly. However, Millie is average enough, and finds herself
Paula Sealey
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for this book! I absolutely loved it!

When Millie Brady saves Orla Hart's life, she doesn't realise how drastically it will change her own. Her current boyfriend dumps her, however, she is unbothered and decides to spend a man-free summer. Orla, a bestselling novelist, has other ideas though, and begins to matchmake on Millie's behalf.

We are introduced to so many fabulous and believable characters throughout the story, who you really end up caring about. There are also some real laugh out
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Strictly chick lit…. Two girls in their late 20s living in Cornwall are looking for “the right guy.” One (Hester) thinks she has found him, but he is in Scotland for months. Millie has just broken with a fellow and has just lost her job. Jobs being hard to find, she takes a job to wear a gorilla costume and deliver singing telegrams.
The story becomes a bedroom farce with all sorts of mixed signals, misunderstood intentions, and well-meaning friends. Although there is a lot of talk of sex, there
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars//
OH OH OH how I loved this book! It has been in my TBR list for at least a year and I don't know why I haven't picked it up sooner! This story sucks you up and you will not want to put it down until you have no other choice to. I didn't immediately get into it but after let's say 70-80 pages I started to really like it.

I loved all the characters, one by one, except Giles who was an ass but even him I didn't resent. It was a really really REALLY good easy, light hearted read. Written s
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jill Mansell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style of including several small story lines surrounding the main one. The characters are all quirky and definitely keep the reader guessing. Millie was such a fun main character I almost wish this were first in a series of Millie novels. Definitely recommend this author and this book to anyone who enjoys a fun read that also has some depth.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Thought this to be a perfect vacation read, but Millie isn't on vacation at all (like I thought after reading the blurb) but 'just' living in Cornwall.
The Story is not very funny or even realistic, but interesting enough that I read 'til the end. But the Jill-Mansell-books I've read lately weren't as good as I once thought.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed that I don't have a new British romcom author to go to. I made it 42 pages and gave up in disgust. The roommate is irredeemably obnoxious, and the protagonist is only slightly better, she did, after all, choose this other girl as her friend and roommate. Ugh, don't bother with this one.
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent Summer Read I really loved it. 4.5 *'s!! I do recommend this book to all who love a good romance/chick lit with only a little sexual content!! Kimberly May if you're reading this it would be perfect for your MIL!! :~D!!
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ebook
I love Brit humour! Hugh is hilarious and I really enjoyed all his conversations with Millie. Laughing out loud while reading a book doesn't happen to me too often so I'm grateful for this one intelligent character. However, rest of the book proved rather boring.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
3.6 stars..

The book was a bit too long, but it did make me a laugh quite a few times.
Loved Lucas! And Con. Aw hell, and Christie Carson too.
Cute characters, I enjoyed the book, though it did get a bit monotonous somewhere around the middle. Overall, nicely done!
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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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