- Taschenbuch: 423 Seiten
- Verlag: Review (5. Juli 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0755355857
- ISBN-13: 978-0755355853
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,9 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 75.763 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Walk in the Park (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Juli 2012
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'An engaging read that is as light as it is enjoyable and will keep you occupied from start to finish' Daily Mail 'Great romantic reading' Choice
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including YOU AND ME, ALWAYS, THE ONE YOUR REALLY WANT and THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award. Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter - @JillMansell - and Facebook - /OfficialJillMansell. She lives in Bristol with her family.
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Mit „A Walk in the Park“ erfindet Jill Mansell keine sensationell neue Geschichte, bietet aber gute und auch teilweise humorvolle Unterhaltung. Wie immer geht es um mehrere Hauptpersonen, die auf der Suche nach dem Glück sind.
Bei dem im Mittelpunkt stehenden Paar handelt es sich um Lara und Flynn. Ihre Geschichte beginnt interessant, flacht aber in der Mitte des Buchs etwas ab, um dann am Ende wieder Fahrt aufzunehmen. Zwischendurch hatte ich den Eindruck, Jill Mansell hätte sie etwas aus dem Auge verloren.
Trotz allem gibt es immer wieder ein paar kleine Überraschungen, die das Buch so lebenswert machen. Da ist Harry, der mehr oder weniger freiwillige Promotion für einen Rapper macht. Oder Laras Familiengeschichte.
Insgesamt ist „A Walk in the Park“ guter Durchschnitt. Es gibt zwar einige Bücher von Jill Mansell, die mir besser gefallen haben, aber ich musste mich über keine der Figuren ärgern.
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Lara was kicked out of her house by her father and step-mother at 16 years old. Now, thirty-four years old, Lara is back in her hometown for her father's funeral to face the people she left behind without a word, including Evie, her BFF from high school and Flynn, her high school sweetheart. She also has a secret she's been holding for eighteen years.
This was my first book by Jill Mansell but likely not my last. She's a very talented author with a great voice and writing style and a biting sense of humor. I don't know what it is about British chick lit but there must be something in the water there because all of the authors are witty in a completely different way than American chick lit writers. Not necessarily "better' but definitely unique and fun. The characters in A Walk in the Park were all incredibly likeable and a bit quirky and I enjoyed the way the author created strong subplots for all of them.
My only problem with this book is that I thought it was a bit unbelievable that Lara returned home after 18 years of silence and slid right back into her old life as if nothing had changed. She's immediately fully at ease with her old best friend despite not communicating with her at all, the feelings for her old boyfriend come flooding back immediately and neither the ex nor the BFF seem at all angry that Lara completely disappeared on them without a word. A bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book and the way it was all wrapped up and will definitely add more books by this author to my TBR.
there is always a main character, a girl/young woman, who meets, in time, some man that she connects with, and then goes away from, and then re-connects with. it's standard girl loves boy/girl loses boy/girl regains boy. but oh what this writer does with that outline!
she makes, she writes, somehow, such wonderful characters. her novels are teeming with unique characters, of all kinds, yet not extreme people, people we know from our schools and the mall. i would say it's like dickens, but not really.....there are no extremely odd people here in jill mansell's novels, these are people we know.
at the end of her novels, and this one is no different, you wonder why those characters have to leave; they are so delightful, and you have come to know them. you end up thinking that you'd like to be friends with them, meet them for lunch, hang out with them. it's how this writer creates her cast of characters, and what she puts them through, that makes up such a delightful experience.
many events occur, many missed chances, sometimes redeemed, many scenes that are touching and funny and sometimes a little sad.
there is cute/funny/pithy/insightful/fun/charming/silly/heartrending dialogue. there are wonderful scenes that take place, mostly, in rural, or village, england. for anglophiles, it's a great chance to peek into british life outside of the cities, and revel in the loveliness of the gardens, houses, little towns, views, customs.
sometimes the lead character is a very young lady, and a bit into the current trends in clothes or clubs. here, in this book, there is a slightly older woman, who has a child, so it's a different perspective for the character. not so much about finding a mate, here, although that is one main theme of jm's books, but lots about a second act, about finding one's place, where one feels comfortable- not just in a town, but inside oneself.
to me, this is the best jm book i have read, and i can't recommend it highly enough. i am normally not a romance/chick lit reader, but sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone to have a unique and satisfying experience. this is one of those times, this is one of those special authors, and this is a most special book. prepare to be charmed. this is maybe a pt-13 at most experience, so nice to read an author like this for a change. if you like sensual scenes, look to another author. here is charm, and charm with a british accent, personified.
she's a brit writer, with many brit-isms, so if you are not used to brit-speak, it should not be a problem, context is everything, just saying by way of fyi, there are things/expressions/products/slang that are different than in here in the usa.
It's not the interweaving, multiple storylines. I like that; it's part of the fun.
It's not the family tragedy backstory that so often crops up. That helps ground things and keep them from being all fluff all the time.
The thing that bugged me was that JM spends quite a lot of time establishing a very interesting gay character, and then leaves him out in the cold. He's not one of the "main" characters (they never are) but is sufficiently well-developed that you think he's bound to get his happily-ever-after just like the straight characters do. But no.
If this were the first time I'd seen this phenomenon in one of JM's books I probably wouldn't have noticed it. But having just recently read through my entire collection (donated to our library now, future titles will be bought as ebooks) and seen it in action elsewhere, I felt it was worth pointing out.
Having gone to the trouble of writing a really intriguing character, who happens to be gay, with apparent compassion for the unique challenges faced by gay people ... finish the story, eh? Don't leave it at "I can never tell anyone." Why bother if you're not taking that character anywhere?
Anyway. Good book, minor flaw.