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Rumour Has It

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  21,046 ratings  ·  770 reviews
Would you be tempted?

Newly single, Tilly Cole impulsively accepts a job offer in a small town as a "Girl Friday." Fun job, country house, fresh start, why not? But soon she finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the town's most desirable bachelor-Jack Lucas.

Rumors of Jack's "love 'em and leave 'em" escapes abound, and Tilly decides to do the
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 5th 2009 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to say right off the bat that I really could never get into Chick Lit, that is until now. This is the most hilarious story with that off the wall pure British comedy that will make you chuckle from page one to the end. This author has certainly shown me that light and fluff with a great storyline, a few important messages and some just down and out comedy is what you need every now and then. OMG, I'm still chuckling. I am so going to have to check out the rest of this author's line of ...more
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This is the story of what happens when a girl from the city moves to a little town and finds out what happens when people stop being polite ... and start being real. (Oh wait ... that is the description of The Real World, isn't it?) But, essentially, this book is about how living in a small town can be a little like living in fish bowl. The town in question is Roxborough (located in the UK ... but I'm not sure if it is a real town or a Mansell creation). When Tilly Cole is left by
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another sad example of the "Just Because It's British, Doesn't Make It Good" genre of Chick Lit.

This book can be summarized as follows:

Boy dumps Girl.
Girl lands perfect live-in job in perfect Cotswolds town taking care of perfect teenager.
Girl meets Perfect New Boy.
Girl artificially creates rumor-based reasons not to date Perfect New Boy.
Perfect New Boy pursues (Why?) Girl.
How will it end?

Predictable and implausible story.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh c'mon! How is everyone giving this book a minimum of 3 stars? There was no depth in the characters, no depth in the love story of the supposed main character, Tilly Cole. I love chick-lit, i really do. But, there has to be some meaning, some depth in the 'love story'. After avoiding Jack for the whole book, Tilly agrees to marry him in the end..this just wasn't believable! So you can't date him because you think he's commitment-phobic but you can marry him? They didn't have ONE meaningful con ...more
Shania Tasker
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointed
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Becky R.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful book. As a fan of Meg Cabot's adult books, and Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novels, I felt like I'd found a book that was reminiscent of the type of "chick lit" that allowed the main character to be strong, yet emotionally open. Tilly was a sweet character that only annoyed me in her resistance to Jack, who really manages to warm the heart. Jack isn't the regular Lothario that you're eager to hate; he's actually much more compl ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this author, as I always know that when a read one of Jill's books, I know that I'm in for a treat. Pure indulgence on so many levels, it's got everything.

I loved getting to know all of the different characters and there own individual stories which you get to discover as you progress through the book.

If you haven't read a her books before, then I highly recommend that you do.
Thea Jessen
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for an easy, no-brainer romance novel, and this book was PERFECT for that. So sweet, and with the perfect plot to drive it forwards in my opinion. Of course it was predictable, but... It`s a romance novel. So obviously the end is going to be forseeable. However, for me, it`s more about the journey there. I loved seeing how the relationships developed, and what came between them. I think the characters were well thought out and not way too cliche.. I didn`t sit there cringing, w ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My synopsis: Tilly and Erin have been friends since college - but after Tilly went to London and Erin went home to Roxborough to care for an ailing mother. After her boyfriend moves out of their flat and leaves her with the rent, Tilly decides it is time for a change. When visiting Erin for the weekend she stumbles across an ad for a job - a "girl Friday" and decides to give it a shot.

Strong-arming her way in for an interview, she meets Max Dineen - interior designer, father of Lou, and decidedl
Lori Green
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
There was a recent sale on Jill Mansell titles and between Carolyn and I, we got a few. I'd read some previously and was lukewarm on what I'd read before. But a good sale and chick lit are a siren's call to me so what the hell.

I just finished Rumor Has It and thought it has the best and worst of what chick lit is.

Pro: it's a romance.

Pro: The women have careers.

Con: Men are more important than careers.

Pro: Gay ex.

Con: Gay ex.

Con: The hero was engaged previously and she died in a drowning accident
Krithika Sundar
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
2.5 stars.

I don't rate books so low but I just didn't feel this book. Tilly was a nice protagonist but the love story between Jack and Tilly was not realistic at all. It's like watching Some fairy tale where the struggle to get with the love of ur life is more and after that u never know if they had any fights or not.

Jack is so hot and there are rumours flying around in the town that he's slept with literally every women in the small town.Jack meets Tilly and he's attracted to her but there wa
Carolyn  Storer
Couldn't get on with two of the main characters, Tilly and Jack. Otherwise it was an ok story.
I read this. Back when I used to borrow books from the library. Four years ago. I don't remember a single thing about it. Kindly ignore my review.
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up as a lark in the bookstore yesterday and started reading it when I got home. Five hours later, I was reaching the end of one of the most enjoyable, light-hearted, fun, entertaining reads I have read in a while. While this book might be in that oft-derided genre of "chick-lit", it transcends it with its intelligence, irony, snark, sarcasm, and a cast of lovable characters in a small English town named Roxborough. In a Cranford meets Jane Austen meets Helen Fielding kind of w ...more
Jill Gilbert
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recently, I have been reading escapist, fluffy romance novels instead of my usual mix of YA dystopian books, contemporary fiction, and mysteries. This book reminded me quite a bit of The Casual Vacancy, only in an upside down, happy world. Both novels are set in claustrophobically small English villages where rumor and innuendo rule the day. But where the Rowling book spirals tragically, this book rides waves of happiness to its finish, while addressing issues of homophobia, character assassinat ...more
Louise Culmer
Apr 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
A tedious story about an airheaded girl.called Tilly who goes to work.for a man called Max who lives in a picturesque Cotswold town with his teenage daughter. Ma x's marriage broke up.because he decided he was gay (though how this happened is never explained, he has no man in his life). Tilly falls for Max's handsome friend Jack (not gay) whose fiancee tragically died a couple of years earlier. A f ew other people, equally uninteresting, drift in and out of the story. Nothing a musing happens.. ...more
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is a light and easy read, it is reasonably enjoyable but it seems like just another Jill Mansell book - same characters with different names in a different setting. Very predictable but fun nonetheless.
Neha Patkar
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that's bound to put a smile on your face! The easy narrative plus the simple story line makes it a good choice for some light reading. The complete justice done to the characters albeit simple, makes it even more interesting and keeps you absorbed throughout the read!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Ugh, Tilly, shut the fuck up. This was a bunch of contrived drama. Tilly had absolutely no shame, and I was so sick of her not being able to help herself asking nosy questions and sticking her head where it didn't belong. Im exaggerating, to an extent, but it seemed like every page with her, she was thinking or blurting questions about Jack because she just *couldn't* hold it in.

And all that anxiety about Jack being who people thought he was, and that weird sense of self-preservation when she h
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this book. The characters we likable and funny. People you would want to be friends with. Mansell did a great job developing the characters and setting up their individual stories and linking them; however, once she got them into the thick of things it felt as if she didn't know what to do next. Some of the ends were unsatisfactory, especially the ending to the main storyline. How I desperately wanted to rate this higher.
Valentina Markasović
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One stubborn heroine-check
One playboy-check
One sassy gay friend-check
One troubled teenager-check

I loved this book. Funny, charming, an easy read. Perfect for summer.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit-heaven
Second read: bumped up rating to 4 stars.

Sweet love story with some laugh out loud moments. My first time reading Jill Mansell and I enjoyed it. Will definitely try another.
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
Fun Read

This was a fun and enjoyable story. It was my 1st book by this Author but I am definitely hoping it is not the last. I will try to read more by this Author very soon. I borrowed this book from my Online Library.
Jocelyn Mason
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely could not put this book down.
I ate it up completely.
The characters, the story lines everything about it hooked me from page 1!
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny and heartwarming, with characters I adored and that sly British humor that keeps me giggling.
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was a Nutella kind of good. What you ask, is a Nutella kind of good? A Nutella kind of good is something that is rich, delicious, and all around filled with goodness that makes you sigh when you're finished with it, but when you're done you just want more of the goodness...that's how I felt when I finished Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell.

Tilly Cole has just been dumped by her boyfriend. The loser didn't even tell her face to face-he just left a letter for her to find when she got home fr
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
What do you do when you are stuck in the boondocks and have been flicked one too many times by a cow’s tail? You nudge Bessy (or one of her many cousins) aside, dig out a (hopefully) decent chick-lit and settle down for some good ol’fashioned reading.

And Jill Mansell’s Rumour Has It proved to be a surprisingly good entertainer. I use the term ‘surprising’ because I had expected it to be a run-of-the-mill smut-fest peppered with loads of gratuitous sex. I am happy to report that it was in fact a
This was a delightful book and just what I needed after reading some darker, heavier reads lately! Also a book about adults and families after reading a whole bunch of YA books for a spell here. So refreshing! I was hesitant because typically when I read books that are set in the UK they have so much jargon about "toast" and getting things out of the "boot" and things like that that my American mind just disenjoys it greatly. However, this was not the case here. It was all casual and just enough ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It is a great, light summer read!
This story is a typical "chick lit" novel along the lines of Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot and others. The characters in this story have more depth to them which is a welcome surprise. The addition of character backstories really gives the novel more substance and keeps it from being too too fluffy. I had a hard time following all the characters' plot lines at first and I think it would have been better streamlined into Tilly's story. Tilly is a likeable enough heroine. She's indepe ...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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