Maybe This Time

Maybe This Time

by Jill Mansell


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Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan will relish in this story of star-crossed lovers, family, and the importance of community from international bestselling author, Jill Mansell!

Is there ever a perfect time for love?

When Mimi Huish first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. There's Paddy, with his electric-blue eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal Mathieson is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she'd be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him.

Life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. And Mimi's path and Cal's are set to cross again and again—but will it ever be the right time for both of them?

Praise for You and Me, Always:
"Vivid and enchanting."—Kirkus Reviews
"A captivating read."—Publishers Weekly
"Sure to delight."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"A deliciously charming read from beginning to end!"—BookPage

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492689355
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 40,481
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

With over 10 million copies sold, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny, poignant and romantic tales for women in the tradition of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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Maybe This Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PokrChick 6 months ago
Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell is another winner by this author. In typical Jill Mansell fashion, you will be rooting for all the residents of Goosebrook, but especially Mimi who first arrives in the quaint town to visit her father and is drawn back time and time again by the warmth of the people that inhabit it. Mimi harbors a secret crush on Cal but the timing is never quite right. Every time she returns, she wonders – maybe this time!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book does not disappoint! I loved every page and enjoyed getting to know each character.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good read but it did drag at end
TheModestReader More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the fact that Jill Mansell sets up a world with many developed characters with intertwined stories that make me feel like Goosebrook is a real place and that I want to visit the pub to hang out with the residents on a nightly basis. I love that we get to know the characters with Mimi, first as an outsider, and then on a more deeper level as she becomes more integrated into the community. Her relationships with the people of the town seem genuine as we get to see them develop over many years. There is a tragic event that happens pretty early on in the book and the rest of the book deals with the aftermath beyond what we would normally get in this type of novel. We see how this catastrophe affected everyone in this little town over the next few years and how relationships needed to grow or change to make it through. The central love story of the story is a slow burn, and I love it. It’s a true testament to missed chances, timing not working out quite right and miscommunication that is much more realistic than falling in love over a long weekend vacation. I was expecting more of the former, so I’m very happy we had time to get to know them and fall in love with them, too. 4.5 STARS
booklover_lexi More than 1 year ago
Maybe this time follows the life of Mimi Huish. Mimi gets off a train to visit her dad for the first time in his new town of Goosebrook. She meets a mean woman who refuses to give her a ride to town and ends up walking. On her way she ends up seeing a man (who she thinks is killing a sheep) and rushes to the rescue, only to find out the sheep is pregnant and can't get up. She is instantly taken with Cal who ends up having a wife and daughter. Stacey, Cal's wife is so lovable and so is his daughter Cora. Stacey plays a big part in helping Mimi get her father and step dad to mingle with the locals. During some shocking events Mimi finds herself crossing paths with the locals of Goosebrook again and again. This is a story about missed opportunities and bad timing! This book will have you falling in love with all the characters and their stories. I will admit at first I had a hard time getting completely into the story. Sometimes if flashes forward and Mimi is somewhere else and you're not sure how much time has passed. I would say that this book was a solid 3.8 stars. I wish there was a little bit more depth in the characters! I did enjoy this book and I think this is the perfect easy summer read!
sjillis More than 1 year ago
On her first visit to the Cotswold village of Goosebrook, Mimi Huish meets Cal, and is immediately attracted to him. On her next visit, she meets Stacey, his wife. While she is disappointed to learn he’s married, she instantly becomes friends with Stacey, and with Cal and Stacey’s help, convinces her father and his partner that the town’s inhabitants welcome them. Then a horrible accident changes not only Mimi’s and Cal’s lives, but forever alters Goosebrook. Over the next few years, as everyone works their way back from tragedy to a new normal, Mimi and Cal’s relationship strengthens. Maybe This Time is so much more than just a romance. Although it tackles serious problems, the book has so much humor and love, it isn’t sad. Mimi and Cal are relatable main characters, but the novel’s secondary characters add a lot of depth. I’m not sure why this is the first Jill Mansell book I’ve read. I’ve been missing out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jill Mansell is an experienced writer of women’s fiction. Her titles have been available in England for many years and a number of them have now been released in the U.S. As is true for her other novels, in this one we watch as the “course of true love” goes awry before coming to the desired and anticipated happy ending. Mansell creates characters both good and less good; the reader roots for the good ones. This story involves a betrayal, a car accident, loss, complications, small village life and romance. How can you go wrong if this is your kind of read? Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for another fun title by this author. The opinions are my own.
JChris More than 1 year ago
I love this book! One of the reasons I enjoyed the plot is, knowing it is a Women’s Fiction book, I hope the ending will be happy. Yet, I also had no idea what was going to happen. I had hopes and wishes, but honestly, I was never certain of the outcome. I am struggling to write a review, because I think “not knowing” too much about some books, before you read them is a good thing. Sometimes reviews will tell you more than you should know. They then, in my opinion, ruin the enjoyment of reading the book and letting your imagination and emotions go along with the ups and downs of the plot. Therefore I am torn, how can I write about how great this book is, without talking about the plot? I guess my best try at this is the say that I think Jill Mansell is a fabulous writer! She has created another wonderful world in this book (as she has in her other books). I adore her characters. Each one is unique and memorable. Each person is the result of their past, and this is definitely shown in Jill’s wonderful character development. Her scenery descriptions are just as great as her character development. I have never been to any area like in this book, yet I felt transported to each place. Some parts of books I find funny, but they do not make me laugh out loud. This book did, several times! It was unexpected at times too! I was reading, so involved in the story, then Bam! I start laughing. There are some humorous situations and thoughts by the main female character that had me smiling quite a bit. The book also had a very sad situation that was in the background of the plot most of the book. This made the story realistic to me and had me crying a few times. When a bad situation happens, there are two choices, to move forward, or be stuck in the rut of depression. This story has the characters moving forward and they find a brighter future as time goes by. The author pulled so much emotion from me while reading this fantastic story. I want to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for giving me the immense pleasure of reading this book. I hope that many readers find it and enjoy it as much as I did.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
In this story, Mimi Huish, is visiting her father and his partner at their new home in The Cotswolds. She encourages, even insists, that the two of them get out and meet their new neighbors in the charming village they now live in. They are afraid that the people in this small hamlet are not ready to accept the lifestyle arrangement that they share. It is far from the truth, but in getting to know their neighbors, a situation arises that changes the lives of many in the village. Mimi flees back to her life in London but when another dramatic event occurs in her life, she finds her way back to Goosebrook to rebuilt her life, once again. Through the years, Mimi and a neighbor in Goosebrook, Cal Matheison, share a mild attraction that never finds the right place and time. Over and over, life intrudes and you are left wondering if they should just be friends or somehow find one another. Maybe This Time investigates lost chances, broken hearts, and how the human spirit and love can triumph over adversity. I have been a fan of Jill Mansell for many years though I have not reviewed many of her books. I remember having to buy books from the UK to be shipped to the US. I’m thrilled that her books are now being published world-wide. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Not even a thank-you. She won’t write, she won’t phone. When I read that bit of dialogue, after helping a pregnant sheep no less, I just knew I was going to love this book. I loved the diversity of the characters, the witty sarcasm. This book is more than a fun love story or a tragic book, it is something people can relate to and enjoy. The author illustrates everyday life with a lot of humour, within well organised chapters and in very readable way. Maybe This Time was an interesting story and enjoyable read. It is about self-confidence, mutual support, coming-of-age, family relationships and more. The characters are well designed and I personally enjoyed Mimi and the new friends she meets along the way. Even Though the plot was a bit predictable I kept reading because the book is really well-written and I fell in love with the characters. The author nails womanhood and romance and the writing is solid, with a likable and relatable protagonist. I definitely recommend adding this to your summer reading list, especially if you are looking for something quick and fun to read.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell follows the heroine Mimi Huish over the course of several years. When we meet her she is coming down to the Cotswold Village of Goosebrook for the first time to spend the weekend with her father and his partner. Goosebrook becomes home for her and although she lives in London and Spain it becomes her touchstone the place where she is known and loved no matter what the world throws at her. There is a long slow burn of a romance with missed chances and bad timing but finally it all comes right in the end. The cast of supporting characters are well written and add much to the story. I did find the end just a bit abrupt and would have liked more of the happy ending but overall enjoyed the book enough to read it in a single day. More sweet than spicy. Publishing Date June 4, 2019 (note on the publishing date there are several formats of the book and also it’s published in more than one country at different times so the date I noted is the one I was given by NetGalley) #NetGalley #MaybeThisTime #JillMansell #SourcebooksLandmark
JW88 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mimi in the Cotswolds! The cast of characters are fun and well developed. I loved the way the author communicates the special relationship between Cal and Cora, the courage of Lois, and the ability of the community to celebrate life at every opportunity. The section of the book that Mimi works for CJ was enjoyable, but perhaps a little too long in my opinion as I simply wanted Mimi to return to the Cotswolds and its lovable characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic comedy! I rate it 4.5/5 stars. I received an ARC in from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Mimi left London to visit her dad. He resided in a small rural English town called Goosebrook. Along the way, Mimi spotted a man wrestling with a sheep. After confronting the man, it became evident that she had misread the situation completely. Cal, however, was sweet to Mimi and eased her embarrassment. Mimi’s mind began to fill with romantic fantasies about Cal until he informed her that he was happily married. Even though Cal’s news crushed Mimi’s spirits, she didn’t allow it to affect their friendship. She also developed a closeness to Cal’s daughter and wife. When tragedy struck the small town of Goosebrook, neighbors banned together or disappeared into their own private worlds. Mimi returned to her life in London. And, even though Cal never expressed romantic feelings for Mimi, she obsessed about him anyway. Years later, Mimi traveled back to Goosebrook. And, as expected, people’s lives had changed, including Cal’s. Although this book has a thread of sadness running through it, it also has a hefty dose of humor. Most of the characters in this book are likable. Although I didn’t become emotionally invested in any particular character, the story itself was an enjoyable read; captivating and entertaining. Jill Mansell knows how to spin a tale. Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
Pour Cal and Mimi, these two just can't seem to catch a break. It takes five years and many things happening to keep these two apart. It was fun to follow these two as they navigate all the ups and downs they have to go through until they are finally together. The town they live in is quite quaint and a place i would love to see some day. If you are a fan of Jill Mansell you will enjoy this book. Though again I always wish she would put an epilogue in her books. *I received a free copy of this book via the NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
Claire140 More than 1 year ago
This was a really enjoyable story set mainly in a village in the Cotswolds and set over a number of years as the characters developed and their lives changed. Mimi is the main character and initially visits the village of Goosebrook when her Father and his partner, Marcus, move there. At first they're quite wary of the villagers as they think they'll be discriminated against for being gay, but Mimi ends up dragging them down the local pub and they soon become an integral part of the community. On Mimi's first visit there she runs across Cal and over the years their paths cross again and again, but Cal is married at first, and even when tragic events occur they never seem to get their timing right. I know they were friends throughout the years, but it was quite frustrating the way things continually worked against them. The cast of characters were lovely and really varied. There was one major tragic event that changed the lives of a few of the villagers, but eventually over the years everyone came to terms with it. I did also love how Mimi worked in Puerto Pollensa in Majorca for a while with a cranky writer, as I love Puerto Pollensa and the description really brought me back there and definitely made me wish I was there wandering along the Pine Walk on the beach front. So whilst I did find it a bit frustrating that it took so long for Mimi and Cal to actually get together, the story itself was really lovely and laid back with characters I really liked. Very enjoyable way to while away a hot sunny day in the garden!