Wednesday, October 12, 2011

(161)To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell

To the Moon and Back

Publication Date : September 1, 2011
Pages: 448


I can not even begin to imagine what my life would be like without my husband.  It is not something that I can even conjour up, but we are still in that honeymoon stage.

Ellie Kendall is a newlywed just like me.  Except on a night when she chooses to go to a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, her husband, Jamie went to a reunion with his best friend, Todd.  There was a horrific accident and Jamie is killed, leaving Ellie a young widow.

Flash forward fifteen months and Ellie is coping, barely. She is tired of everyone being nice to her because Jamie died.  With the help of her famous father-in-law, Ellie has moved into a fabulous flat, met a wonderful new friend, and has started a new job working for the ever so handsome Zack McLaren.  As Ellie copes with her new reality, she struggles with the feelings she starts to develop for Zack. Can she resolve these feelings of guilt and go on
to find happiness or will she be stuck living with Jamie's ghost for the rest of her life?

I really enjoyed To the Moon and Back.  Ellie is a wonderful character that has a lot of heart.  I feel so badly for her when she loses Jamie, that I actually cried. I just could not even imagine going through that.  I was happy for her when her father-in-law stepped in regarding her housing situation.  I was really glad that the author chose to give them such a great relationship. The people in her life are interesting characters and I loved to see them interact with Ellie.  It is a sweet story and I am glad that I read this book.

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