Saturday, September 12, 2009
Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell
Millie Brady saves best-selling romance novelist Orla Hart from jumping to her death one afternoon. Orla is so greatful that she has decided to make Millie the heroine in her next book. She is determined that Millie will find that special someone over the summer and she'll do whatever she can to make it happen. She'll interview and hire just the perfect hunky gardener, she'll have a party in Millie's honor and invite celebrities, and she'll set her up with who she thinks Millie may find acceptable. She won't set her up with Hugh Emerson though. His wife recently died, and a rebound relationship is not what Millie or her book needs.
Millie met Hugh through very unusual circumstances. One evening when she and her roommate Hester were walking home from the clubs, they found Hugh's wallet in the bushes. Being good samaritans, they return it, but not before having a wee bit of fun. Millie calls him up and with a fake accent tells him she is pregnant and he is the father. Hugh is not amused as his wife just died, unbeknown to Millie. She is so ashamed and the guilt eats at her for weeks, until she calls him again to apologize. Hugh is intrigued and asks her to coffee. They see one another again a few times, and eventually have a fling, but Hugh isn't looking for a relationship and Millie's heart is stung.
Millie's Fling takes us on a warm and humourous journey. The main character is Millie, but a side story of her roommate Hester is an added bonus, and Jill Mansell blends them perfectly into one seamless British Chick-Lit. Just reading it makes you feel good, even when things aren't going so well for Millie. An absolute delight!