It Started With A Secret by Jill Mansell
The trouble with secrets is that you can’t guess what the consequences will be . . .
Lainey has lost everything. Luckily one little fib (OK, quite a big fib) helps nail her dream job. Soon she’s living in a stunning house by the sea, fending off obsessed fans for a retired – if far-from-retiring – actor and organising his charming but chaotic family. It’s definitely worth the challenge of keeping her secret.
At least Lainey isn’t looking for love. It’s time for a break from all that. And yet . . . Seth, the actor’s grandson, really is rather attractive. There’s growing chemistry and a definite connection between them. But how would he react if he knew she hadn’t been honest with him?
Lainey’s not the only one with a secret, though. Seth has one of his own. And everything’s about to start unravelling . . .
I always look forward to a new publication by Jill Mansell. Her books always leave me with a cosy glow and a huge feeling of wellbeing.
It Started With A Secret is the perfect example that honesty is the best policy!
Lainey and Kit find themselves in desperate need of a job and accommodation. When they spot an advertisement for live-in housekeepers for a large family in Cornwall, it seems too good to be true. Except in order to get the job, they need to tell a huge lie.
They take on the task of organising the lives of a Hollywood legend, his family, grandchildren, and dogs living in a large chaotic house overlooking the sea. Kit and Lainey soon settle into their new positions until Seth the drop-dead gorgeous grandson of Sir Richard makes an appearance….and all of a sudden things are not so simple.
Jill Mansell creates the most wonderful cast of diverse, warm-hearted and deep characters with a plot that flows brilliantly. I got completely immersed in the story from the first page and enjoyed the sizzling chemistry between Lainey and Seth. I loved the elderly Sir Richard, his grumpiness was utterly endearing and I was completely rooting for Majella in her quest to find love again. This is a book to curl up and lose yourself in, the perfect way to spend an evening and a story that stays with you, long after you have finished reading it.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Headline for the blog tour invite and copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
About the Author:
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including Take a Chance on Me which won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Prize. In 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award. Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel. Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.