Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Jill Mansell

Don't want to miss a thing

“Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life, but everything changes overnight when his sister dies leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi.  How is he going to cope leaving his hedonistic life behind for a new start in the Cotswolds?

Comic strip artist Molly Hayes lives in Briarwood, the village that Dexter moves to.  She’s not had a great history with men and even though there’s a connection between them it looks like this isn’t going to change.

But lots of the village residents have secrets to discover and it soon becomes clear that Dexter isn’t the only one who is going to have to adapt once these are revealed.”

Firstly I’d like to thank Helena from Headline Publishing Group for sending me this novel to read and give an honest review.  Obviously I have heard of Jill Mansell and seen her books in the shops but I’ve never actually read one (I’m hanging my head in shame now), this meant that I wasn’t sure what to expect from it.  Now I’ve finished I have just one question – why have I not read any of her books before?  It really was my kind of book, it felt so natural and comfortable to read and right from the very first page I slipped easily into the storyline and quickly connected to the characters.  This is actually a difficult review for me to write because I enjoyed it so much and I want to do the book justice.

Dex’s sister had just had her baby and it was clear that he was excited about it, his reaction to baby Delphi was endearing and kind of beautiful.  Dex was a little bit cheeky and very care-free at this point in the book and he was just the type of male character that I always fall in love with.  Knowing the tragedy that would soon face him I was intrigued to see how, or if, his personality would be affected.

Molly’s introduction was a funny one making me laugh out loud and even snort at one point – delightful! I pictured the scene easily (yes I have spent lots of time in the waiting room of various A&Es) as she went to pick up her drunk, injured boyfriend in the early hours of the morning.  My initial impression of her was that she was a bit of a soft touch but very likeable.

When the tragic moment came it was heartbreaking, I could almost feel Dex’s sadness rolling off the pages.  His grief was clear and I think it was written in a sensitive but honest way.

When the storyline moved to Briarwood I thought things would quiet down but the adventures were just beginning… I know I’ll think of this book whenever I hear YMCA in the future!  The mysterious Sam had my mind working overtime as I tried to figure out who he was and what he was doing in the village, when all was revealed I was completely shocked – I just hadn’t seen it coming and it set off a chain of events that put me on the edge of my seat.

Something else that I liked about this book was that there was so much going on, it wasn’t just the main Dex and Molly part of the storyline that kept me so hooked – all the characters had their own story to tell and I found myself fascinated by everyone’s lives.  Some of my favourite moments, and things to look out for, included Dex and Molly’s fishy first meeting, the perils of dining out with a baby and a crazy baby borrowing scheme – these were all things that made me laugh and stood out in my mind after I had finished reading.

This was a brilliant book that I just couldn’t put down, I will definitely be reading more from this fantastic author.


Jill Mansell is one of this country’s top selling female fiction authors and she has sold five million copies of her books worldwide.  She’s been writing full-time since 1992, although that’s not strictly true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires rugby players in the field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs.  Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

You can visit Jill’s website for more information.

Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was published by Headline Review on 31 January 2013 in hardback and eBook.  It can be purchased from Amazon or most good book retailers.