Random Things Tours – Book Review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

“‘How much?’ The old man ahead of Lou at the supermarket checkout was glaring in disbelief at the female cashier.”

Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 19 January 2023

Publisher: Headline

My Review Summary: A story that I just wanted to keep on reading


 One minute Lou is happily employed, with a perfect flat. The next, her home and job have gone. Suddenly she has to start over.

The last thing Lou wants is to move to a tiny Cotswolds village. She certainly doesn’t intend to work for curmudgeonly eighty-year-old Edgar Allsopp. But Edgar is about to make her the kind of promise nobody could ignore. In return, she secretly vows to help him fall in love with life again.

Foxwell is also home to Remy, whose charm and charisma are proving hard to ignore. But Lou hasn’t recovered from the last time she fell for a charmer. She needs a distraction – and luckily one’s about to turn up.

Secrets never stay hidden for long in Foxwell, nor are promises always kept. And no one could guess what lies ahead…


I saw the blurb of this book and was taken in. I was therefore pleased when I was accepted onto the Tour. Since then I have not been myself and my reading has taken a hit. I was concerned that it would be hard getting through this book, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact it reminded me why I love reading and has really helped me to get back into it. 

The book opened with a lovely hand drawn map of the village, which I liked. It is always nice to see where things are in relation to what is happening in the story. The writing was gripping and I just wanted to keep on reading, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. There were some very emotional parts in the story, but overall I was left feeling uplifted. 

The chapters were fairly long, but there was a good flow to the story so it kept my interest. I enjoyed the fact that you got the view points of a couple of the other characters in addition to the main character. It was interesting to see what was going through their minds and how they saw things at that point in the story. 

The chapters were sometimes split and this also helped to keep my interest and moved the story on well. 

The main character was lovely. She had some things to overcome and it was enjoyable to see how she just got on with things. She was a very likable character and you just wanted the best things to happen to her. I also enjoyed the rest of the characters. There were a few other storylines going on, but I never got confused and thought that everything wove together nicely. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the village with the occasional trips to LA. I enjoyed reading about village life and how the main character really threw herself into it.

Overall a great book that has managed to get me out of a bit of a slump. I highly recommend!


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12 thoughts on “Random Things Tours – Book Review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

    1. Emily Jane Post author

      Me too, but now I am struggling again. I have cut down on Blog Tours quite significantly so we shall see if that helps, or makes it worse because I don’t have the pressure the same!!!


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