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To the Moon and Back

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  12,409 ratings  ·  757 reviews
When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she’s ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn’t need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company...

Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can’t stop thinking about won’t give him a second glance. If only she’d pay him the same attention
Paperback, 407 pages
Published 2011 by Headline Review
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May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I spent a very happy 3 and a half hours on the hammock in the garden reading this!! The characters were really well created (especially Martha, she's possibly one of the most genuine characters I've ever come across in a book <3), the plot was predictable but lovely and the romance was ADORABLE. I LOVE ZACK!!! Oh and the fact that it made me laugh and cry just in the epilogue was the icing on the cake :') ...more
This book surprised me so much. I didn't expect it to suck me into it. The story,the characters,the writing. just WOW. Beautiful setting. A story about overcoming pain and loss. about guilt and forgiveness. True love. Firsts and lasts loves. Friendships. Love at the first sight.

I just loved this book. Ellie was such a genuine GOOD character,she was like an angel. Zack. just give me a Zack NOW!!! He's the definition of perfect. Roo such a complicated and true character. Tony,Todd,Yasmin,Jamie..e
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

What can I say? Jill Mansell's use of secondary characters always amazes me. Each one is as fleshed out as the main protagonists, just adding to the fun of her novels. While this one has an inordinate amount of guilt split up among everyone, all comes right in the end when each character is paired up with the loves (and in one case, the second love) of their lives. Well done! A fast and friendly read, Jill Mansell once again makes me smile.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
While this wasn't the best piece of literature I have ever read, nor the best piece of Chick Lit I have read, I will say I had a hard time putting it down. The characters got stuck in my head. The multiple storylines were compelling, albeit some more contrived than others.

While some of the elements of the story were developed well, others were insufficient. As far as character descriptions went in general, I did have a hard time picture what Ellie, Todd, Zack, Jamie, looked like. I get that from
Elizabeth Camden
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Jill Mansell for her light, airy comedies with endearing characters and a lot of whimsy.... this one was a little different. Quite sad, actually....but I think it was that poignancy that made it such a powerful read. Two thumbs up.
Rufi Angel
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of Jill Mansell (she's kind of my comfort author, when I've had a bad day and I need an easy, fun read) but out of all her books I like this one the best so far.

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SOS Aloha
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
On the opening page, Ellie thanks her husband, Jamie, for ironing her skirt, “I am. Very grateful. Thank you, thank you, to the moon and back.” Each have separate commitments – Ellie is dressing for the Rocky Horror Picture show with her girlfriends; Jamie is attending a school reunion with his friend, Todd. Sadly, this is their last time together as Jamie is killed in an auto accident that Todd survives. The story kicks in 15 months later when Ellie’s former father in law, Tony, encourages her ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I think I'd have liked it more had I been in the right frame of mind.

The major two things I hated about this book:
1. EVERYONE was paired off. And I mean EVERYONE!
2. No one was clear about what they wanted. Maybe it was a Brit thing because Americans are not this obtuse about wanting others.

I liked Ellie and Jamie's relationship. I liked that she missed the good and the bad parts. I wonder if she had any family outside of Jamie's dad. They were never even mentioned - not even to say that they wer
Alexander Van Leadam
Aug 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I guess this is a literary romantic novel. Well, literary or not I could barely survive it. Everything is so sugar-coated that it loses all flavour. Even death seems painless. I wonder what makes people enjoy stuff like this and even rate it as "true to life", as some online reviews do. Others hit the nail on the head": "light-hearted and optimistic". We all need some form of escapism, I guess - even this one. ...more
Land of butterflies
Another book by Jill Mansell that i really enjoyed reading.
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
If I say I just loved this book I would be lying! This book was more than amazing, it was funny, romantic, made me drop a tear or two, and made my heart thudding wishing to know how it will all wrap up!

And I am not just talking about the main characters, I cared for every other character in the book. They all seemed real and they all were very human, for a few days this book was all I thought about. It has a bit of P.S. I Love You in it but 10 times better. I loved Jamie, Zack and Ellie. I love
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell tackles relationships on a whole new level and looks at what it means to love someone for better and for worse and in sickness and in health. While the novel is infused with Mansell’s humorous style, it is more serious than her other novels.

Ellie Kendall, the main protagonist, finds that losing the love of one’s life is not the end of the world, though it is devastating. She finds a way to move on with her life, though she’s cut herself off from all of her fr
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
4 Fun, Fluffy stars of pure romantic silliness!
Larissa Reinhart
Very sweet. A lovely romance that made me cry, but delivered the HEA. A quick read, perfect for my vacation.
Nida Kazi
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Whatever you could make out of this image above could described the story of this book to an extent. I'll only add this book covers many lovely characters.
Charlotte Ashcroft
What a lovely story 😊
The good, the bad and the ugly realities of life are explored with care,passion and thoughtfulness in a romance that has its own unique characters to cheer or jeer for.
Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere) by: Dear Author blog
Sucked in by one of the daily deal prices on the blog Dear Author, I started reading the blurb at Amazon and totally got sucked in. "I really don't like chicklit" I told myself, but then after reading a chapter I wanted to know what happened next. Having it set in the London area was something I couldn't resist either - I've had a love affair with the city since I visited it in the 80s.

The death of Ellie's (our heroine) husband is hard stuff to read, and happens in the first few chapters. I get
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
When Ellie Kendall loses her husband Jamie her entire world collapses. She throws herself into her job, and spends her evenings trying to keep her ever-decaying flat together. Until her father-in-law Tony insists she looks after his house in Primrose Hill. There, Ellie meets the enigmatic Roo, who brings some much needed vitality into Ellie’s life. When Ellie gets a new job working for Zack McLaren it’s the start of a new life almost. But will Ellie ever be able to let herself fall in love again ...more
I'm Not
Nov 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up, chick-lit
This is going to be an emotional rant (not in a good way) so there might be spoilers that I'm currently unaware of. If you don't want to read spoilers - feel free to skip this :D

So, I am not sure if I'm just in a reading slump where every book I pick up ends up boring the hell out of me after the first 50 pages. Or I have been picking up a lot of wrong books :D

So, now it's time to tell you something about this book (apart from my opinion that I know it's all over the place :/). It's a book about
Meredith Schorr
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Typically charming and romantic Jill Mansell, but at her finest. Ellie was such a delightful character. I thought Jill took subject matter and worked her magic to write a truly uplifting book. And I think she handled her main character grieving the loss of her husband and falling in love again (no spoilers) very well. I love the way this author writes, not only a main story, but several mini stories on the side, all of which were enjoyable and fun as well. I'm a tru ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like most of her books, they have rich characters and multiple plots and sub plots. I loved this book as well, it felt very real. However like everyone else I am also wondering about her family, it is never mentioned, I am not sure whether they live or not, they never once enter the picture.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
This wasn't bad, just okay. Made me laugh how almost everyone in this book meets someone and immediately tells them OMG I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU and they're like OMG I FEEL THE SAME BUT THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME ~DRAMA~ FOR THE SAKE OF A STORYLINE

just nah
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Jill’s books are just so sweet and feel good reads. I love her.
A fun, romantic read

3.5 stars with potential for an upgrade to 4 stars after a re-read. A fun, romantic story with a satisfying ending.
Tracey Cain
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feel good, easy read ... happy but predictable ending.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jill-mansell
As always I LOVE her books!!
Jul 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. My mom bought it at a pharmacy after forgetting her Kobo at home and lent it to me afterwards. It's a chick lit book with great characters and many touching moments. I recommend it for anyone looking for a summer read. ...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
I really, really enjoyed this book even though I spent most of it crying my eyes out.

Recommend: Anyone who loved the movie 'Ps. I Love You, will love this book. It is along the same lines and happy endings for all.

Keep tissues close

My Background and why the book hit home for me:
I know I have mentioned in other reviews that my Hubby had almost died 3 weeks after we are married, but I think that once you know that here it makes sense why this book caused so many tears for me. I will never forget
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Being a fan of chick-lit I’ve heard of Jill Mansell and have been eyeing her books for a while although had never picked one up. Twenty two books later and I was thrilled to find out that I’d won her latest book To the Moon and Back on Twitter. I was so excited to see what all the fuss was about and made it my next chick-lit read, and honestly why did I not pick up a book by this author sooner!?

When we’re first introduced to our main character Ellie she seems to be living a blissful life, happil
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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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