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Publisher's Summary

It Started with a Secret: the scorching new novel of this summer, from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

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....

A beautiful Cornish setting, one chaotic family and a woman who's had enough of love. Or has she?

©2020 Jill Mansell (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Like a little blast of sunshine - uplifting, heartwarming and supremely feelgood." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Gripping and incredibly comforting." (Marian Keyes)

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  • Ian
  • 26-12-2020

loved it!

Not my usual genre but I thoroughly enjoyed the listen! I didn't want it to end.

The narrator is brilliant!

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An easy listening feel good story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light romance that's easy to listen to. Narrated beautifully. You want to story to continue.

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Wonderful as expected!

I always have no doubt I’ll enjoy any book by Jill Mansell, and at times one pops up with storyline and characters that live on in my mind to be brought out and remembered with a smile. This book is one of those, with everything popping into place. Funny, touching and cuddly warm and all set in a beautiful house in a beautiful village. What more could we ask?

Thankyou Jill - from Melbourne Australia. 😘

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Started out ok

I enjoyed this book in the beginning. Then lost interest along the way. DNF. Used it to help me sleep.

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brilliant, funny, real fairy tale

I loved the narration by Katherine Press, it made this book one that I shall listen to again.

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A light touch

This is a fun story with some interesting characters. The heroine I found unbearable - pushy, self-righteous, annoying and completely lacking in both filters and self awareness. Within a matter of days of getting the job, she has bullied a stranger into a date with her employer which ends in embarrassment - “this is all my fault!” Yes, Lainey - yes, it is. And the self-righteous demands that her employer answers all his fan mail - well, I hope Jill Mansell reads and responds to all her fan mail after making such a big deal of it in this book. This is a bit of a predictable story but that makes it good to listen to as you don’t need to concentrate much. The narration was not to my taste. Everyone will have their own preferences but a very clipped English accent didn’t really suit the more breezy nature of the story for me.

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my heart is complete

loved this book, listened to it at every free moment and am devastated it ended.

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Fine bit of harmless escapism. No surprises, quite surface characterisation. Predictable, but no trouble finishing.

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Entertaining light reading

It was entertaining enough, one of these books that I listen to when I just wanted a break from intense, thought provoking books. Light hearted and was great by the pool.

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Loved it!!

Jill Mansell has always been a favourite and this book didn’t disappoint. Narrated nicely too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-2021

Great book

Great story and Very well read. It takes you completely into the story, I loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2021

Easy going story

Great for when you need a light hearted escape. I wasn’t keen on the narrator but you get used to it. The sweet story is worth it.

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  • Alicat10
  • 06-02-2020

Fabulous!

Oh this book delivers everything! , you invest and love the characters, all with such different personalities and stories, but you really want to be part of the mad family.

The story goes along very well, and there are some giggles along the way (Specially the guitar player!)

Narration is fabulous - there is NO reason why you should not purchase this book!!

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  • Loops xoxo
  • 03-02-2020

fabulous as always xoxo

really good, interesting and lots of twists and also funny, heart warming and just lovely

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  • Dr Ian
  • 25-03-2020

Awful

Where do I start? The "performer" gabbles this thing out at 100 miles per hour, like she can't wait to get to the end, often sacrificing all expression. The story starts out promising, but soon disintegrates into the mush of meaningless, grey pulp. The characters, again start promisingly, but fade to 1-dimensional, cardboard cut-outs.

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  • Sue
  • 03-02-2020

It started with a secret.

Absolutely love Jill's books , can't wait for the next.
The only trouble is you know you arnt going to get anything done until it's finished.

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  • Bear
  • 01-02-2020

Lovely story with great characters

As always Jill has written a fabulous book, lovely story with great characters was sad when it ended

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  • Gillian crooks
  • 03-01-2021

Jill Mansell at her very best

lots of twists and turns keeps you guessing! brilliant funny and very enjoyable a must for her fans

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  • Book lover 66
  • 26-05-2020

Wonderful

Perfect Jill Mansel.... Fabulous characters, beautifully read..... Thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. On to the next Jill Mansel now...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2020

Narration was pretty bad

The narrator at parts sounded like she was trying to win a time trial! Some parts better than others but took away from the enjoyment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-2020

Loved it!

A feel good story narrated brilliantly, another super book from Jill Mansell which was easy and enjoyable.

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  • Sair0075
  • 16-06-2021

Loved it

I love this author. The story is predictable but in the best way possible. Truly heartwarming with just the right amount of drama to go alongside. Easy listening and definitely recommend.

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