Daisy MacLean runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she hears who’s about to get married there, she isn’t worried at all – her friend Tara absolutely promises there won’t be any trouble between her and ex-boyfriend Dominic, whom she hasn’t seen for years. But Daisy should be worried. Dominic has other ideas. And seeing Tara again sets in motion a chaotic train of events with far-reaching consequences for all concerned.
While Daisy spends the ensuing months doing battle with Dev Tyzack (Dominic’s so-called best man), Tara battles with her conscience. Meanwhile, Hector’s getting up to all sorts with…well, that’s the village’s best kept secret. And then Barney turns up, with a little something belonging to the husband Daisy’s been doing her best to forget. That’s the thing about hotels, you never know who you’re going to meet. Or whether they’re going to stay…
Book: Staying at Daisy’s
Author: Jill Mansell
Publisher: Chá das Cinco (Portugal)
Rating: ★★★ / 5
What else would you read on a sunny day, laying next to the pool or sea, with a glass of ice-cold drink (preferably sangria) in your hand… Are you imagining yourselves in a smoking hot bikini? Now look closer. What book are you holding in your other hand? Or maybe laying next you (which is, let’s admit it, not a good sign).
If the answer is «Chick-Lit!» you absolutely should keep reading.
If the answer is «Harry Potter and … » you are more than welcome to stay till the end of the post.
Everyone else should stop reading immediately! I said stop! Just kidding!
Now, shall we talk about the actual book instead of rambling? Yes.
Daisy, Daisy, Daisy… Despite the name, no one could call her a delicate flower. She was the most charismatic character from all the books I’ve read in a past few months. She was funny, ironic, often sarcastic, but still stayed warm-hearted and a true friend, helping out people she cared about, all while herself was going through a fairly tough time.
The romances (yes, plural), intrigues, friendship, family… Just name it this book has it all. There were different plots going on at the same time, that followed different characters who met at some point.
It was light, it was very funny – I caught myself giggling a handful of times, and it reminded me how much I missed reading books in this genre.
Jill Mansell is a British author well-known for her chick-lit books, and I believe this is not one of her best novels. So I am definitely very curious to read Rumour Has It, written by her in 2009 which instantly became a bestseller.