Title: Millie’s Fling
Author: Jill Mansell
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.
With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned…
I’ve been enjoying the Jill Mansell novels that Sourcebooks has been releasing over the past few months. Both An Offer You Can’t Refuse [review] and Miranda’s Big Mistake [review] were fun, light novels that were easy to read. When I heard Sourcebooks was releasing another one of Mansell’s books this fall, I was eager to read it.
One of the best parts of Millie’s Fling was the sheer number of characters. Mansell gave each of them distinct, well developed personalities, which meant that it was easy to tell them apart and keep them straight. There was a lot going on in this book, but it was never overwhelming. At 512 pages, it needed to have a relatively complicated plot in order to keep the reader interested, and Mansell accomplished that very effectively.
I have to admit, I found the addition of Orla into this novel a little weird. Though in some ways, she was the glue that held Millie’s Fling together, I also think the novel could have worked without the complications she provided. Still, she certainly was a funny, eccentric character and I enjoyed reading about the havoc she wreaked.
Millie herself was a great character. I thought she was funny with a healthy sense of humor. I appreciated that she wasn’t the typical “quirky” chick lit heroine who does incredibly stupid things during the course of a novel. She was level-headed, and while she sometimes found herself in unique situations, they were never a product of her own making. She was a great character and a fun heroine for Millie’s Fling.
I also appreciated the relationship between Millie and the man that eventually becomes her love interest in Millie’s Fling (I don’t want to give anything away!). There was something real about it. The quandaries that they got themselves into were believable ones, and I thought they really worked as a couple.
Millie’s Fling is an enjoyable British chick lit novel and is a worthy addition to Sourcebooks’ Jill Mansell lineup. I definitely recommend this book for some light, fun reading!