Jill Mansell, who has written many other best-selling novels including Three Amazing Things About You and The One You Really Want, is at her warmhearted best with Head over Heels.
Jessie has kept the identity of her son Oliver's father a secret for years. She's stunned when she discovers that the man in question, actor Toby Gillespie, has just moved in next door. The truth's about to come out.
One glance at Oliver, and a little mental arithmetic, and Toby has the situation sussed. Meeting the son he never knew he had is the shock of a lifetime. It's a shock, too, for Toby's wife, the beautiful Deborah, though she seems to take it in her stride.
Would Deborah be so relaxed if she knew just how close Toby wants to get to the mother of his firstborn? As the attraction between them flares up again, Jessie just can't see her way to a happy ending. But no one is quite what they seem, and there are more surprises to come....
©1998 Jill Mansell (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd
"shame about the narrator"
I've always enjoyed this book and was excited to get it on audiobook. It's a nice light hearted tale of love
Awful. Such a posh/upper class accent. It was painful to listen to at times. Ive read this book many times and never imagined any of the characters wit poh accents, let alone ALL of them.
"Narration spoils this audio book"
Voice used for male parts very nasally and does get on your nerves. Spoils it for me.
Not one of Jill's best books
I gave up with listening to this as the male voices were horrendous and I couldn't cope with listening to them. It's a shame as I would have liked to see how the book finally panned out
Patricia Gallimore is an amazingly clever narrator, she really brings the characters to life.
She tells this story with the same enthusiasm as all the other stories I've heard her read.
This was a great story, with a lovely unexpected ending.
I have enjoyed the book as well as the narration very much. Vivid characters. Perfect relaxation.
"Outdated and cringey"
Many comments though out the book are extremely outdated and have sexist or homophobic under tones. A few times I was actually shocked by what was said- which in a positive way just shows how far we've come as a a society since 1998.
The voices for this book let it down. The men all sound like posh old men and it is hard to visualise them in any other way. The reader is really cringey.
"Long rambling story"
The reading of the book was fine - that was the best bit! I slept through a lot of this. The story was rambling and dull. I wouldn't recommend.
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