Having read most of Jill Mansell's books I was sure this would be another winner so I bought it as soon as I saw it on the bookshelves without even bothering to read any review. After all, the previous 7 or 8 books I had read by her were all almost excellent so I was sure this would be too. And it was so thick too! Something I usually love about good books...lots of hours to read....HOW WRONG I WAS!!!! What was Ms Mansell thinking when she actually wrote this book? I actually had to check more than once the name of the author as I read it because it is sooo different from her usual light, fun, deeply insightful style! At some points I almost felt that I had bought a one of those romance books with lots of sex instead of a fun, light hearted chick flick. So many sex scenes. So many beautiful, sexy, characters it's like reading the script of a soap opera! Usually I like all of Ms Manell's characters because they are so normal and their stories so familiar to our day to day life that I feel as if she has read my mind. BUT THIS!!!! WHAT IS THIS? So many bautiful men and women, sex, tragedies, everything abounds - like in a cheap soap opera and I really couldn't like a single character in this long, overdrawn melodrama. I found myself sleeping while reading it, changing it for other books, praying it would soon be over (you see I prefer to finish a book when I pay for it and I did not get this book cheaply). Finally after the many tragedies I realized the book was almost finished and I found myself skipping the last few pages because, frankly, I couldn't care less anymore to what happened to the main characters. (And there are so many I started getting confused after a while) If you have never read a book by Jill Mansell don't start with this one as it will put you off of her forever! Try her other ones, they all are much better than this garbage. Sorry Ms Mansell. I hope this is just one mistake in your otherwise great writing career. I will not lose my faith in you certainly, but from now on, I'll make sure to read some reviews before I buy another one of your books.