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Head Over Heels

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,480 ratings  ·  211 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

Jessie has kept the identity of her son Oliver's father a secret for years. She's stunned when she discovers that the man in question, actor Toby Gillespie, has just moved in next door. The truth's about to come out. One glance at Oliver, and a li
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Published June 10th 1999 by Headline Review (first published 1998)
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Of all the Jill Mansell books I've read -- and I've read many -- I think this has to be my least favorite.

It starts out pretty good with a small town atwitter over a big time movie star celebrity couple moving into their town. Except, one of the townspeople, Jessie, was in love with and had the secret baby of the male half of the movie star couple 21 years ago. So his moving to town is threatening to unearth one of her biggest secrets.

But soon this central plot point gets overshadowed by all th
Paola Peña
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a jumbled mess. Too many stories no real details beyond a few blips about each character and way too many characters.. So many issues but nothing was really delved into and none of the characters were interesting. The only real theme throughout this book was sex. Some getting it, others wanting it but not getting it, etc. One pathetic whiny brat after another. A total waste of time, this book sucked. I would not recommend this to a friend and I doubt I'll read anymore books by this ...more
Kathryn Holmes
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m pretty sure I read this 20 years ago although that is apparently the length of time I need to forget what’s going to happen in a book as I couldn’t quite remember! Jill Mansell writes lovely easy to read books that are like wearing your fave jumper - comfy. Whilst this is written 20 years ago, I don’t think it felt too dated either. There were parts of it that just wouldn’t wash nowadays as times have changed but on the whole it still stood.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Amazon fail. They often repurpose older books as new when they go to kindle, sometimes even with different titles. This wasn’t on my goodreads account because I read it before goodreads existed.

Anyway, this book is from 1998.
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
I was in equal parts entertained and annoyed by this book. It is about village life and what goes on behind the facade. And everything works out in the end, but in such an obvious way that it did not entirely satisfy me. Also I was disappointed by the way certain characters were drawn. The famous actor for example was such a non-person, totally bland. The funniest thing to me was that the book is pre-internet.
Classic Mansell: fun, lighthearted, romantic. I also imagine an Oprah Winfrey on the last page yelling 'You get a love interest! And you get a love interest! And YOU get a love interest!'

The amount of cheating kinda ruined it for me though.
Jacqueline J
Nov 16, 2017 marked it as dnf
Too chick lit/women's fictiony for me right now.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Every time I read one of Jill Mansell's books, I wish with every breath that I could live in their settings. That certainly is the case with this book, which continues to prove Mansell's point that the best fun is to be had in small English villages.

Jessie, Lili, and Drew are the primary cogs in the wheel, and each struggles with perhaps not being head over heels. I mean, think about it. Your head is supposed to be over your heels, right? "Head over heels" implies a certain amount of level think
Rea Cobb
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have had this book sitting at the bottom of the pile for so long now but the time has come when I am out of books so I had no choice but to give it a try. I could not say it appealed to me. The copy I have got looks different from the one above mine is bright green with a picture of the back of a lady sitting in a deck chair which has no relevence to the book at all!!

This was the first book which I had read by Jill Mansell. I was loaned the book by a friend and I didnt recognise the name so I
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Head Over Heels by [Mansell, Jill]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Jessie Roscoe is an interior designer with a secret. This is about to change when the unidentified father of her son moves into the house next to hers. A father and son meeting can't be too far behind. The father, Toby Gillespie, is married to a very understanding woman, Deborah. How will this all play out?

I enjoy reading Jill Mansell books. This book was so entertaining and easy to read. I wa
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jill Mansell's books never fail to entertain, with humor and all kinds of shenanigans. In a small Cotswold town, Jesse is a single mom with a long kept secret. When the actor, Toby Gillespie, buys the house next door, secrets are revealed causing some awkward situations for Jesse's son and Toby's family. With many other characters and stories, it's a fun, escapist read.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just adore how quaint they are. Almost like ducks.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Head Over Heels is a fun and light romance. I love reading Jill Mansell’s books because she makes me laugh and always writes a captivating story. This book takes place in Upper Sisley, an elite neighborhood in England, where the famous actor, Toby Gillespie, just bought a home.

Jessie Roscoe, the village’s interior decorator, has lived in Upper Sisley for years. So when her new neighbor called requesting decorating expertise, she was not surprised. That was, however, until she recognized the cal
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 Jessie has kept the identity of her son Oliver's father a secret for years. She's stunned when she discovers that the man in question, actor Toby Gillespie, has just moved in next door. The truth's about to come out. One glance at Oliver, and a little mental arithmetic, and Toby has the situation sussed. Meeting the son he never knew he had is the shock of a lifetime. ...more
Marcee Feddersen
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it

When an old boyfriend, Toby(a famous actor) moves back into the village, Jessie is shocked and worried. She has never told him that he has a son. A son that is now grown and starting his own life. But a son that looks an awful lot like his father.

Toby isn't thrilled to know that he had a son who grew up without knowing him, but adapts quickly. His beautiful wife accepts the situation with grace, although that may be because her attentions are frequently el
Goddess Of Blah
Oct 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Jill Mansell's books (that I have so far had the misfortune to read) have been far insult to an intelligent (or even semi-intelligent) audience. All seem to follow the same premise of ultra chick lit trash. Be prepared to lose brain cells when reading her trite, clichéd rubbish.

The heroine is generally naïve and either unsuccessful in her career or from a disadvantaged background. A confirmed sap, sh'es invariably misunderstood by our dashing rich “hero” - and is usually betrayed by a former boy
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, romance
I started reading this about a year ago and put it down uninterested, but I picked it back up last week to give it another try and thank goodness I did. I like Jill Mansell's style of writing as it is easy to read yet still gives some depth. I would say this book has a 'Love Actually' esque to it with about 8 main characters with individual stories of love and loss yet which are all interlinked in some way (mostly since they live in the same villiage). In my opinion the most interesting was of A ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jill Mansell will always have a special place in my heart, as hers was the very first contemporary romance book that I read. I’ve read all Jill’s books over the years, and always look forward to the next one. ‘Head Over Heels’ didn’t disappoint – beautifully written with plenty of romance, humour, warmth, wit, and fun. There is so much going on in the English village of Upper Sisley, but not so much that the reader gets confused. A fabulous read which I would highly recommend!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Not as good as some of her others. A bit too contrived.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
mindless entertainment..a perfect vacation read...
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
HEAD OVER HEELS: Gossip, Old Flames, Flame-Out Marriage and BIG secrets.

As I began listening to this story, I felt as if I had been inserted into these many characters’ lives without preamble – I felt confused. Usually, with Mansell’s feel-good, small-village stories, that’s fine as she usually provides perfect tension in interplay of the here-and-now and past events. Mansell is usually expert at weaving the multiple storylines together into a charming st
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Head Over Heels written by Jill Mansell for me was a wonderful read and one I would happily recommend. The book is based on the residents of a small village, Jessie for me was the character who tied them all together and her best friend Lilli. The village is full of affairs, frolics and so much more.
It is not a book you take too seriously, it is simply a book you read to simply forget about your troubles and to simply go with the flow. It for me was entertaining and that is what I want in a boo
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-gift
I had two books last week from publishers that were at polar opposite ends of the spectrum of "gendered" literature. They both sucked.

First Blood is the novel that the movie Rambo was based and is total dick lit. Basically, a war vet with PTSD meets a cop with control issues and they spend the rest of the book trying to kill each other for no adequately explored reason. Head Over Heels on the other hand is quintessential chick lit: fluffy romance with no real conflict, just misunderstanding and
Judi Easley
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jill Mansell fans
Recommended to Judi by: Author's rep
My Disclaimer:

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author’s representative. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰✰

Jill Mansell always writes a good story and this is no exception. But this time there were so many people involved that I simply had trouble keeping them all straight, who was who and who was with who. The main characters were easy, but all
Leanne Hunt
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I chose this book as a light read after completing a couple of deeper, more thought-provoking non-fiction books. Instead of delivering the kind of page-turning experience I was after, however, it proved rather slow. It is the story of neighbours in a small country town in England, various intrigues and escapades, and a whole lot of fun if you like that sort of thing.
What I like about Jill Mansell is that her books are relatively clean with just a suggestion of sex rather than lots of graphic det
Ginna Kaiser
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the other, several, Jill Mansell's books I have read. However, this one seemed like it was rushed, had certain characters doing things that seemed below their intelligence level and one, if not 3 characters (in the same family) who seemed to have some mental health issues. At the very least 2 of them needed to work out their individual issues with some very good medical or therapeutic intervention was greatly in need. However, in the case of the one who seemed m ...more
Christina Marie
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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ZewsReadingCorner (Booktuber)
I give the book 3.75 stars. In the beginning, I was completely immersed into the story. All perspectives were drama packed and entertaining, however the wrap up of this book wasn't as strong and enthralling at the first 3 quarters of the book. I enjoyed most of the characters and liked how this books covered all age demographics. I enjoyed the messiness of the characters predicaments and found myself laughing at some parts. I will say there was a character I did not enjoy and could have done wit ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
3.5 stars. I absolutely adore Jill Mansell and although this isn't one of my favourites, I certainly enjoyed it. The story follows quite a few characters so it's difficult to summarise the plot! Like nearly all of Mansell's novels it centres around an English village with lots of colourful characters who all seem to connect in some way (I love how she does this!). If I could fault anything it would be that there was maybe a little too much infidelity for my liking- I think the characters who wer ...more
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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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