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Perfect Timing | [Jill Mansell]

Perfect Timing

Poppy Dunbar is out on her "hen night" when she meets Tom Kennedy. With his dark eyes and quirky smile, he could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy to him is the feeling that she's known him all her life. She can't go through with the meeting they arrange - but she can't go through with the wedding either.
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Publisher's Summary

Poppy Dunbar is out on her "hen night" when she meets Tom Kennedy. With his dark eyes and quirky smile, he could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy to him is the feeling that she's known him all her life. She can't go through with the meeting they arrange - but she can't go through with the wedding either.

Escaping to London, Poppy moves into the bohemian household of Caspar French, a ravishingly good-looking young artist. But even in her colourful new home, Poppy can't get Tom off her mind. Until she's tracked him down, she'll never know if their meeting was destiny.

©1997 Jill Mansell; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A romp of a read....One for romantics." (Company)

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    wednesday san juan, Trinidad and Tobago 05-30-11
    wednesday san juan, Trinidad and Tobago 05-30-11
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    "a witty good read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun reading from start to finish.
    If you want a light read for a sunny afternoon you cant do better.
    I found the reader quite good although I am aware that many persons
    may not tune in to the 'english accent'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bree 01-05-11
    Bree 01-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect Book!"

    This book was great - the best Jill Mansell I've heard on audible. The story was interesting (almost all character lines were good) and the narrator did a great job. I have listened to it twice now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wilma 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 12-02-08
    Wilma 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 12-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Easy listening"

    Lovely story, perfect matching narrating voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 02-11-13
    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    author of books for teens and children

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    "Great humor and romance"

    A fun story of the romantic complications of a young British woman and her sweet, though a bit zany roommates. Fast-paced and funny, with characters I cared about. Great for fans of Sophie Kinsella.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-16-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-16-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "Perfect timing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I found it a bit boring.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jill Mansell? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have read most of her books.


    Any additional comments?

    I never really clicked with any of the characters in this book. I found most of them annoying or spoilt! I usually enjoy Jill Mansell books but this one was just a bit boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-15-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "It kept my interest but I can’t recommend it."

    It’s chick lit with a romantic happy ending. I was frustrated and angry with stupid actions. I did not like Poppy’s best friend Dina who was so obnoxious and unlikeable that she reflected poorly on Poppy. But I don’t want to fault this too much because bad characters do make stories better. Several parts of the story were good. And I loved the happy ending. It was a surprise.

    Stupidity:

    1. Poppy works for Jake an antiques dealer. She and Jake are at an auction. Jake has to leave so he writes down what he wants Poppy to bid on and how much to pay. She loses the paper. So she tries to remember what was on it and bids on things he did not want. He is forced to pay for them. I was angry.

    2. On another occasion, Poppy did something similar. She bought something for the store to sell that Jake had to pay for that was a huge mistake. She was a store clerk. She had no business doing that.

    The main plot based on errors in connecting did not work for me. Poppy meets Tom at a bar. They have an immediate attraction. She wants to stay with him but her obnoxious girlfriend Dina forces her to leave. Poppy doesn’t ask his last name. She pines for him for the rest of the book. Later Tom sees Dina in a bar and asks her to give his name and phone to Poppy. Dina loses the paper and doesn’t remember what was on it. Why didn’t Tom ask Dina what Poppy’s last name was and try to contact her himself? For some reason I was not enjoying this.

    OTHER BOOKS:
    I preferred two other books by this author. Take a Chance on Me (4 stars) and Miranda’s Big Mistake (3 stars).

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Karen Cass was good.

    Genre: chick lit with romance

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    Lisa South Africa 01-02-13
    Lisa South Africa 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet romance"
    What made the experience of listening to Perfect Timing the most enjoyable?

    Karen Cass is fantastic! This is a sweet story with a good dash of romance and many likeable characters. Karen has a great way of giving voices to the characters - and expressing their personalities.
    This one is simply just pleasant listening. The story isn't going to change your life with a great epiphany but it will give you a good 12 hours of listening entertainment.
    If this was a movie, it would be classified as a 'chick flick' - girly. I doubt that this book will appeal to men.


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    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 10-14-12
    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 10-14-12 Member Since 2011

    An avid listener of audio books.

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    "Perfect"

    This book was a great suprise. So many twists and turns. Beautifully romantic. So many great characters and plots to keep you guessing.

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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 11-23-11
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story/pitch perfect narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest and was laugh-out-loud amusing. My only regret is that the two major characters didn't have enough love scenes together and there was not a respectable amount of time given before another relationship was realistically and respectively taken up -My personal gripes. Would I listen to it again? I have - Many times. Really worth your time. By Richard's wife

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  • Elisabeth
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    6/26/10
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    "Not great"

    I nearly gave up on this after the first couple of hours. The characters are uninteresting and the storyline is slow at best. I listened to the end because I didn't want to waste a valuable credit. Kind of wish I had given up now though, the ending was not worth waiting for.

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  • Alice
    Exmouth, Devon, United Kingdom
    5/31/10
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    "Good Fun....."

    I liked this book a lot and was keen to hear it all to the end. Nice characters and funny too. I like the direction the story went in and although it is predictable chick lit, the journey to the predictable ending is a fun one. Definitely worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Melksham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    1/14/10
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    "Wonderful Frothy Romantic Novel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this and it is a perfect antidote to a miserable day. The characters are all lovely even the supposed cantankerous one. I almost wish I had lived in this house in London as a young woman with these people. I think anyone who wants an uplifting story should try this book.

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