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De boot gemist

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,798 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
Als Poppy op haar vrijgezellenavond Tom ontmoet, gaat ze erg twijfelen over haar aanstaande huwelijk met Rob. Ze besluit de bruiloft af te zeggen en vertrekt naar Londen voor een heel nieuw leven. Maar heeft ze dan nu de boot gemist?
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Sijthoff (first published 1997)
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May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd Mansell book I have read and I enjoyed this one as much as the first! This is light reading drama. Great beach read! I call this Brit Chick Lit. It is light and funny and full of surprises. A bit far fetched at times but nothing to take away from the fun! This one is about Poppy. While out on her “hen night”, Poppy bumps into a stranger named Tom and she hit with “love at first sight”. So much so, she calls off her wedding and moves to London. She moves in to an apartment owned b ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
For a long time, I've been confused. I thought Jill Mansell was another pseudonym for the woman that writes as Sophie Kinsella, and I could not understand why I liked the Mansell books so much and wanted to throw the Shopaholic book across the room.

Turns out I was wrong. They are not the same person.

That's good to know. All I can say about this one is that it was sweetly romantic and fun. The characters, for all their absurd behavior at times, were frightfully real. They struggled with the inabi
Raquel Bernardes
Mais um magnífico romance da Jill Mansell. Posso vos dizer que andei atrás deste livro muito tempo, porque saiu numa promoção de uma revista e não consegui arranjar. Mas lá resolvi fazer uma troca de livros e lá o arranjei e daqui já não sai de certeza absoluta.
Na véspera do seu casamento Poppy muda de opinão e não pretende casa e decide mudar de ares, mas será que vai começar um romance com Tom ou será que irá se apaixonar por outro? Só mesmo lendo...
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The night before her wedding during her bachelorette party (or Hen night as the Brits call it), Poppy meets a man to whom she is incredibly attracted. Tom, a dark-haired, dark-eyed handsome doctor implores her to meet him after the party is over and not to go through with the wedding.

While Poppy chooses not to meet Tom, she does indeed call off the wedding. She realizes that if she goes through with it, it would be a big mistake. Her groom and his large family do not let her off easily
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Tenho tanta coisa para dizer que neste momento nem sei por onde começar. Não, não se assustem, são tudo coisas boas!
Vamos começar então pelo inicio, este foi um dos pontos altos do livro. Cheio de acção e tensão, Jill Mansell atira-nos logo para um trio meio confuso que nos vai fazer roer unhas para saber como se vai resolver. O que eu não estava à espera era do que vinha a seguir, que, por seu lado, não tem muita relação com este inicio. O Tom e o coitado do ex-noivo vão desaparecer e só aparec
Sana Noor
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Unputdownable! Glued to my hands!

Jill Mansell is my absolute favourite author. She weaves this amazing tale that funny, serious and lovable! You come to love all the characters in her books, even the ones who in the end aren't the most perfect.

Poppy meets her soul mate on her hen night, and the next day its her wedding. She finds out her father isn't her father and that love can be found in the strangest of situations. So, she goes to London. Moves in with complete strangers, who in a years time
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
I really enjoyed the breezy story of a young woman re-inventing her life. On the eve of her wedding, Poppy meets a man who could have been THE ONE. Thinking about this, she reevaluates her feelings for Rob and realizes that she cannot marry him. In the ensuing bru-ha-ha, it is revealed to Poppy that the man who has raised her is not her biological father. This suddenly puts a new perspective on their relationship, as Mervyn has always been distant with Poppy.

Armed with this information, Poppy is
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edited-proofread
Oh, how I truly love working on Jill's books for Sourcebooks.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een boek van Jill Mansell, daar kan ik heel kort over zijn : ze zijn, in mijn ogen, geweldig. Romantiek, komische situaties, misverstanden, onzekerheden, verlangens en, met als kers op de taart, steeds een happy ending. Het zijn feel good verhalen maar toch is niet alles altijd rozengeur en maneschijn. Vaak komt er ook een heel triest maar reël aspect in voor.
De cover is leuk en doet je al onmiddellijk glimlachen, de titel is dubbel. Waar eerst niet echt van een 'perfect timing' kan gesproken wo
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much language and immoral behavior. This is my least favorite Jill Mansell book.
Margarida Cruz
Começo a ficar sem palavras para comentar os livros desta autora. Quando me perguntam como são os seus livros, as suas histórias, as suas personagens, só me lembro de adjectivos como fantásticas, hilariantes, fenomenais, magníficas, estupendas, geniais... Afinal, para mim, é isso mesmo que são.

A verdade é que Jill Mansell nunca me desilude. Por mais e mais que leia da sua autoria, as expectactivas são sempre superadas. Folheio as páginas dos seus livros com um sorriso nos lábios ou uma gargalhad
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Perfect Timing” "SPOILER ALERT"

Poppy Dunbar, red head, slim and full of life is at her bachelorette party when she bumps into Tom Kennedy. She instantly feels like she has known him all her life. She gets mixed feelings about how her life will be when she marries Ron McBride. Her life would be so plain and simple and she loved Rob, but realizes she is not IN LOVE with him. Tom Kennedy helps Poppy with her foot when she fell outside the club. When her friend comes outside to look for her, she fi
Feb 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was too long for my liking. I HATED how Poppy thought she was in love with Tom at first only by meeting him once then breaking off her wedding with Rob and searching for Tom for like a year and then when they were finally together ditch him and go back to Caspar. I didn't like Caspar at all because he was a man whore and I don't know he just didn't click for me. I would have liked it if Poppy was with Tom because he loved her and they just seemed good together. I hated Poppy because sh ...more
Acerca do Encontro Inesperado, adorei como já era de prever. Do início ao fim, foi delicioso.
Ainda tenho dois livros dela por ler e mais um para comprar, mas ela diverte-me sempre.
Adoro a escrita dela, as personagens que ela cria e os enredos. Adoro a forma como ela brinca com os acontecimentos e tem sempre alguma surpresa.
Estou muito contente.
Os livros da Jill deixam-me sempre super bem disposta.
Este não foi excepção.
Gostei muito da ideia dela e de brincar com o destino. Todas as reviravoltas
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm now a Jill Mansell junkie! Perfect Timing is an ironic title for this British chicklit novel because nothing is perfectly timed in this novel, from Poppy's last minute decision to jilt her fiance hours before their wedding to finding her biological father after years of not knowing she wasn't living with him.

"'The thing is,' Poppy prevaricated, 'my room's only tiny.'

'And who am I, two-ton Tess? All I'm asking for is a bit of floor space.' Dina was wheedling now. 'I'll sleep under the bed if
Jane Stewart
It kept my interest but I can’t recommend it. It’s chick lit with a romantic happy ending.

I was frustrated and angry with stupid actions. I did not like Poppy’s best friend Dina who was so obnoxious and unlikeable that she reflected poorly on Poppy. But I don’t want to fault this too much because bad characters do make stories better. Several parts of the story were good. And I loved the happy ending. It was a surprise.


1. Poppy works for Jake an antiques dealer. She and Jake are at an
Sep 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like even one star is being generous but as the book came to a close I realized that it was not the worst book I ever read. No, more than anything this book was like an outline for a decent story. The characters were barely fleshed out and the dialogue was weak, but the plot itself was interesting enough.

What's worse is that I spent the majority of this book not caring about the fate of the characters. If I'd had another book handy I'd no doubt give up on this and not think twice about i
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, having never read a Jill Mansell novel before. But a friend lent me this book and recommended it, so I started it a few days ago. It begins with Poppy, on the night before her wedding, meeting a rather attractive stranger after falling down some steps...

I thought the characterisation was great. Caricatured in places, to be sure; but Poppy was a believable, untidy, disorganised romantic who I warmed to almost immediately. There was a large cast of characters,
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that at times I can not control the fact that I love an author and lose her only to find her once again.
Ms. Mansell will not disappoint. I have read multiple books by her and with life catching up and moving, I found I lost her - only to be reunited with Perfect Timing.
Poppy Dunbar has met someone - the one she believes is the "one" the night before her wedding, when she calls off the wedding, finds out her father is not her real father (she is a result of an affair her mother had)
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The clever and witty way Mansell weaved multitude of characters' life into the flow of the story with each one interesting in their own way, is marvellous.

I think the reason I like it so much is she doesn't harp on an event or a character's mental emotional state for too long, so the story keeps moving and every chapter feels fresh. That saying, nothing was brisk over but slowly explored through her exceptional writing skills and Brit humours (oh boy do I love them).

Her knack to turn the most mu
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This was your typical fun chick lit book. Poppy is so oblivious and kind hearted that you can't help but like her even as you shake your head over her bumbling. The rest of the crew was just as interesting with Dina, the girl you have to hate for the way she treats her husband and neglects her baby and Claudia who you want to hate and yet still feel sympathy for. The story definitely keeps you guessing as to who Poppy will ultimately end up with. Will it be Tom, the
Ayesha Bblogger
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ayesha by: Goodreads
Perfect Timing was my first Jill Mansell novel and I liked it so far as it contained all that nice blend of chick lit humor and slang. However, I was disappointed as the characters were not framed out well and I was thoroughly disgusted at the behaviour of Poppy's abhorrible friend "Dina". But the ending was a nice surprise and I was pleased that Dina learned her lesson well, even though she was a side character and I did not like the fact that she was given so many roles to play in this book.
Nikhat Hetavkar
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romcoms, chick-lit, own
I read this book a while ago. It is absolutely adorable. It is unpredictable,witty,charming and romantic. Poppy is bubbly and downright loveable. All in all , an adorable chick-lit book with the most incredible storyline & characters !

And as for the ending, I will just leave you with this

Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It's been ages since I've read one of Jill Mansell's books. I enjoyed this one ... perfect for my week off. I know it was first published in the 1990s but it was a bit disconcerting to read the odd reference to how awesome Gary Glitter was!!
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
This was a good book. Classic chick lit. Fast read that was fun, lighthearted, engaging.

See my full review at: http://everyfreechancebookreviews.blo...
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read!
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jill Mansell is usually good for a light, entertaining read full of interesting characters, but this was not up to her usual standard. I spent most of the book aching for some sort of confrontation - literally between almost any of the characters - and was never satisfied. The conflicts just sort of dissipated rather than being resolved in any meaningful way.

Most of the characters were not particularly compelling or likeable. I had high hopes for Poppy's fresh start, but as a character, Poppy wa
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only character in the whole book I loved was Jake and he was not even the main hero. I hated the other characters. Jill Mansell is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes including the humor. But this book was a disappointment especially because I hated almost all characters.

"SPOILER ALERT and my outburst"
I felt most of the characters in the book didn't know how to behave properly.

Dina was a terrible person. I don't know how her husband and family accepted her back. Not only s
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just want a happy ending. That is what this book gives you. My life has not been changed by reading this book, but my life was certainly enjoyable while I was reading it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Hallmark channel or romantic comedies of any genre. This is a super quick read and while I didn't read it on the beach, I am sure I would have liked it all the more if I had.
Tracie Minshall-jones
Really enjoyed it.
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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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