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Publisher's Summary

An irresistible, heart-warming novel from the much-loved author of numerous Sunday Times best sellers, including A Walk in the Park and To the Moon and Back.

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbours. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets... and about himself.

©2013 Jill Mansell (P)2013 Headline Digital

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Great book! Loved the story

What did you love best about Don't Want to Miss a Thing?

The story was really entertaining, and kept me listening even when I didn't have anything to work on (I usually listen to audiobooks while photoshopping and all that stuff) because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The narrator was really talented, and while male voices are often a challenge for female narrators, she did really well overall.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As soon as I heard Henry's description (Idris Elba, anyone?) I was in love. I'm a sucker for a gentle giant. Jill Mansell, as always though, creates a fun and lovable cast of characters that makes you wish you could run away and move to Briarwood.

Any additional comments?

Loved it - definitely recommend it. Worth the credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 1965BG, Heemskerk, The Netherlands
  • 08-06-13

A Real Jill Mansell

Don't miss this book!!!! It's a real Jill Mansell story. It is defenitely worth your credit and or money.

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Very enjoyable

This was my first Jill Mansell book and a pleasant surprise. It only took a couple of minutes and i was already into the story. Great chemistry between the 2 leads, he's a "player" from London, she's from the Cotswolds, he moves in next door ....

The other story lines and characters all tied in well and came together smoothly.

The narration was very good, slightly different to what i am use to ie telephone calls but i enjoyed it.

It's a recommended "read"

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  • Kaggy
  • 07-18-15

A pleasant hotchpotch of a story

On the plus side there was far more going on in this story of a boy meeting a girl with a cute baby thrown in, than I expected. On the minus side I thought the vast array of characters made the storyline a bit cluttered and unfocused. The narrator performs with infectious enthusiasm and whilst her reading was a bit hammy in parts it made me smile.

Overall this tale has a big heart and I certainly don't regret listening. If you are looking for an undemanding holiday read this is thoroughly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • 09-17-13

Didn't Miss a Thing Thank Heavens

Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

Clare Corbett's reading of the book, with her wonderful Bristolian and West Country accents was not only nostalgic but absolutely perfect for an ex-pat Bristolian like me. Jill Mansell is a great storyteller. Everyone got their just reward and lived happily ever after. Don't expect a serious intellectual read - it's chick-lit at its best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggi - she was the most lovable character.

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I hope to find more.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smiled a lot.

Any additional comments?

For me, Jill Mansell can't be faulted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Merril
  • 04-04-13

Predictable and unbelievable

I downloaded the free first chapter and quite enjoyed it, as a quick weekend listen, so used a credit to get the whole book. As chapters rolled by the story became more and more ridiculous, predictable and the last few chapters are as if the author got bored too and tried to finish the story and tie up all loose ends as quickly and obviously as she could. The best thing about this story was the narrator, who made a nice job of it. Yes, I did listen to it all, I kept waiting for the twist...

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  • Gladys
  • 02-28-14

Great characters, lovely story, well told.

If you could sum up Don't Want to Miss a Thing in three words, what would they be?

Life - Sorrow - Love

What did you like best about this story?

Several interesting characters whose stories are told as we go through the book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where Frankie's daughter was extricated from the drugs party in the squaters house by her mother and friends.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would happily have done so.

Any additional comments?

Well written, full of interesting well drawn characters whose lives were intertwined with the two main protagonists. A lovely, romantic story with happy endings. Will be looking for more of Jill Mansell's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadina Vasileva
  • 12-01-13

Feel-good easy listen

If you are in the mood for something light and easy to listen to, then this is the book for you. The story is highly predictable and there are no unexpected developments, but the book's light hearted approach to reality will not burden you if you already have a lot on your mind and would like to brighten up your day.

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  • Teezerob
  • 12-01-13

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Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

Yes it was an interesting book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Want to Miss a Thing?

Dexter buying the cottage in the country side

What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clare made it lifelike.. Listening to the book made it seem like being an observer in a real life everyday occurrence

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times it was believable. Like the time when an old friend of dexter's sister wanted to see the baby. Also the changes to his lifestyle he had to make to accommodate the baby

Any additional comments?

A good book which I would probably not have bought if audio books had not been doing a 2 for 1 sale, and could not find anything in my usual reading genre

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  • Saffy
  • 09-30-13

Predictable but enjoyable well narrated chick-lit

OK so this is standard, predictable chick-lit but if you like the genre it's a really enjoyable, easy listen. I loved all the characters and it really drew me into village life. As ever, Clare Corbett narrates perfectly, she has a compelling, empathetic voice that is perfect for this kind of book. This is my first Jill Mansell and I"ll definitely be listening to more.

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  • Nicola B.
  • 12-06-17

Lovely

A lovely easy to listen to story. Well read. Another good one, looking forward to the next.

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  • Jen Goodale
  • 05-01-17

My favourite

Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

I'm already listening to it again. I adore a good love story and this is a great Happy Ever After nook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Want to Miss a Thing?

When you think you've hung up on someone and start swearing

What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The accents that Claire Corbett gives, added so much personality to Jill's already great a humorous characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Don't want to give to much away. This was a laugh out loud book for me.

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  • Ian
  • 03-08-17

heartwarming and funny

Where does Don't Want to Miss a Thing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say although it is not in my top ten it was a very good book and very funny. it is one I would think about reading again and it has made me interested enough to make me think about trying something else by this author.

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I am a big fan of Clare Corbett as a narrator, she is fantastic whatever she reads and can do most accents. I am a massive fan of her so was happy when I learned she was the narrater for this book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a heartwarming and whitty drama.

Any additional comments?

I got this book based on a friends recommendation and I even read it without looking at the synopsis first which is very un common for me. Usually I like to know what a book is about before reading however due to this person having suggested books to me that I have enjoyed in the past I decided to take the plunge with this one. I have to say I am glad I did as I liked the excitement of not knowing what the book was going to be about before hand.