To The Moon And Back by Jill Mansell
When Ellie Kendall loses her husband Jamie in an accident she feel s her world come to an end. But life has to go one and eventually she's ready for a new start - at work, that is. She definitely doesn't need a new man, not while she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company...
Entrepreneur Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can't stop thinking about won't give him a second glance. Why can't she pay him the kind of attention she lavishes on Elmo, his time-share dog?
Having moved to an exclusive flat in North London, Ellie becomes friendly with neighbour Roo who's harbouring a secret of her own. Between them, can both girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year at Primrose Hill.
Ellie and Jamie we're what you would call, uptown star-crossed lovers. They fought over the most silliest of things, enjoyed each others company very much, and loved to be around Jamie’s long time friend Todd. They were the three musketeers.
But everything changed one night, when Ellie and Jamie went their separate ways for the evening. Ellie going off to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with some of her work colleagues, and Jamie popping off to an old school reunion with Todd.
After that night, the missed calls and text from various people on Ellie's phone and the funeral later in the month. Ellie had it an all time low.
What was she supposed to do without her husband?
Ellie soon starts to go through all the grieving process, she blames Todd for not getting the tube down in London, rather than driving on ice, and crashing the car. She wishes horrible thoughts that Todd was dead instead of Jamie. Everyone treats her like she's fragile and like there walking on eggshells around her, and she hates it.
Ellie decides that she needs a change, she doesn't like the work she's in now, and the way people treat her. Her boss is a bit strange, and she has to travel miles to actually get to the job. So with help from her father-in-law Tony, he rents her a new uptown flat, and so Ellie begins to a fresh start.
During her first day, she has no friends, well apart from Tony. Until one day the woman next door leaves her key in the door and runs off into a cab, without question where she put it. Ellie pops down to the door to keep the key safe until she returns home and leaves her a note on the door on where to retrieve it.
Soon Ellie and the girl called Roo, hit it off and become friends in an instant, learning things about each others roots and what's happened in their lives so far, to get them where they are today. Though Ellie is desperate that she needs a job soon, otherwise she will just be depressed all the time about Jamie.
So when Roo seeks her a job working for Zack McLaren, one of the highest Entrepreneur's. Ellie doesn't know what to say, and decides to leave it for a while, but later on she decides to take the plunge for the job.
Primrose Hill soon has a romantic side bubbling in which every character finds happiness and love, sooner than they think. Tony meets Martha, a lovely artist who has captured his heart and there is no way of letting go. Roo is in a tricky situation with a married man and is starting to question herself on whether it's right and if she needs to change? Todd is in a heap over two women and doesn't know what to do with himself.
And as for Ellie, well she is forced between different men who she does like, but aren't exactly her number 10. And with things bubbling up working for Zack McLaren being his PA. What will happen in romance for Ellie, and Zack?
To The Moon And Back by Jill Mansell, Is one of the most beautifulest books I have ever read in my life. The book is filled with so much emotions, that you can actually feel them until you start to know how Ellie is feeling. The first page grabs you by the words used and makes you want to read more. I am actually quite proud of myself, since I finished the book in a week or so, but no longer than two. Which is something I haven't been able to do in a long time.
I'm very glad that I picked this one up out of all the others. And I'm also glad that Jill Mansell was my first choice in Romance and chick-lit novels. I really don't think I could of picked up a better author to start with. Jill Mansell's work made me laugh a lot, and always smile. And not until the very end, did it make me shed a few tears. I love the way how she has wrote the book and chose the right words for it.
So I am glad to say that I will give this book 10/10 because it was just a beautiful read, and to let you know that I will be buying more of her books.
Hope you enjoyed the review, Emma x