Book Review: Thinking of You by: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Sourcebooks Incorporated

Publish Date: May 1, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: When Ginny Holland's daughter heads off to university, Ginny is left with a severe case of empty nest syndrome. To make matters worse, the first gorgeous man she's laid eyes on in years has just accused her of shoplifting. So, in need of a bit of company, Ginny decides to advertise for a lodger, but what she gets is lovelorn Laurel. With Laurel comes her dangerously charming brother, Perry and the offer of a great new job, and things begin looking up...until Ginny realizes that her potential boss is all too familiar. Is it too late for Ginny to set things right after an anything but desirable first impression? 

Review: With her daughter, Jem, off at university and the passing of her beloved dog, Ginny Holland is now facing empty nest syndrome. She advertises for a roommate and finds one who she thinks is perfect, but he’s really there to find a place for his sister. So Ginny’s stuck with lovelorn Laurel who is crying over her ex. Ginny is trying to let Jem have her space while trying to figure out her own life. Ginny starts going on dates and finds a job at a pub to keep herself busy. Is Ginny truly ready to find a new life?

‘Thinking of You’ is a hilarious journey through Ginny’s life as she adjusts to being on her own. Ginny’s trying to figure out where she fits with a cougar best friend, a “swinging single” ex-husband, a weepy roommate, a surprising boss, and a daughter who no longer needs her. Meanwhile, Jem is going through her own trials and tribulations as she’s making her way in the world on her own. Ms. Mansell’s main characters are fun, relatable, and have great foils in the supporting cast. Full of life’s twists and turns, ‘Thinking of You’ had me rooting for Ginny and Jem to succeed in their endeavors. I think readers will definitely find pieces of themselves and/or friends in the characters who were beautifully well-rounded. This was the first of Ms. Mansell’s books I’ve read and her writing style is genuine, funny, and touching. ‘Thinking of You’ is a great weekend or beach read!


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