Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell (Audiobook-Tantor Audio)

Goodreads Description:

Miranda is thrilled when she meets Greg at a cocktail party. He’s gorgeous, he’s funny – and he’s very keen. Just what a girl needs to put some sparkle in her life. Heavens, he’s practically perfect! Greg likes Miranda a lot. She’s young, she’s pretty, and she never talks about babies. Of course he hasn’t told her everything about himself – even the sweetest girls can be a bit funny about a man who’s just left his newly pregnant wife. But there’s no way she’s going to find out – or is there?

Luckily for Miranda men are like buses – you don’t see any for ages then three come along at once. She just needs to catch the right one…

I’m sorry folks. I DNF’d this one, so I didn’t write my own description or rate it. After listening to about 10 hrs., (the last 1.5 hrs. of which felt like torture), with another nearly 4 hrs. to go, I decided that life’s too short and I quit. I’m so disappointed because it got off to a splendid start and I was in my happy place enjoying the characters and the storyline tremendously. But then something odd happened. That wonderfully plotted story ended and a mishmash of silly themes began to emerge and I quickly lost interest. I began to despise the main character and her multiple love-interests to the point where I realized that I no longer cared about what happened to any of them.

I believe this book would have been successful had it been roughly half as long with the focus on the one major plot which stole the show in the initial part of the book. Had it retained that theme and those secondary characters, a couple of which I adored, I would have rated it 4.5 stars. But sadly it lost steam when it veered off in a direction that left me feeling like…

Another pet peeve I had is that Mansell uses the expression “Oh, God” too much! Perhaps this is a common British expression but it annoyed me. And the expletives! 😡 I don’t like profanity. There, I’ve said it. So even when it occurs infrequently, it’s too many times for me. I wanted to say to the author…


So there you have it. I loved the first Jill Mansell book I read, This Could Change Everything. But as for this one, well…😔 I won’t give up on Jill Mansell because I know what she’s capable of.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a complimentary download of Miranda’s Big Mistake. The audio narrator, Gabrielle Baker, did an excellent job!!

Have a great week everyone!! Thanks for visiting.

34 thoughts on “Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell (Audiobook-Tantor Audio)

  1. Too bad this was not a winner for you. I can’t believe you made it through 10 hours before giving up, that was definitely giving it a fair chance. I also do not like expletives in books, especially if they are not necessary. Better luck with your next audio book.

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    • Thanks, Carla. I tried to get through the entire book. But four hours more is a lot to take when you’ve lost interest. The MC was head over heels for three different men at once. I was trying to get through listening to the sexual innuendos, the behaviour of drunkards and …. it just fell apart for me. Not my kind of entertainment. And when the f-bombs rang out I was done.


    • Doesn’t it!! And it started out splendidly well when it stuck with that storyline. But when it was dropped and the others started it went downhill for me. And it was just way too long!! It would have been fantastic at around 65% of the length.
      I’ve recently read This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell and I loved it! That’s why I chose another to listen to. But sadly this was the wrong one. But she has many others and I’m sure I’ll be fond of some of the others. Don’t hesitate to try her out. 😊
      Thanks for your comment, Jina. ☺️

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  2. Sorry you had to DNF this one, Laurie especially after listening to it for that long. I still admire how you are able to listen to audio books while you do other things and not loose your concentration.

    Anyway, glad to hear that you haven’t given up on the author. Hopefully her next book will be better 🙂

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    • I was sorry too, Diana. This book had so much potential! If only the author would have stuck to the one plot. 😔
      Regarding audiobooks, losing my concentration usually means the book is waning. When I can remain attentive it’s a good book. Of course, there are times when I get distracted because of life’s many pressures. But I usually wear my trusty Apple Watch that syncs automatically with my audiobook. This way when I notice I’ve gotten distracted I just tap the button and it quickly backtracks for me. These clever little devices. 😉
      Thank you Diana. 💕


    • Thank you!! The audio narrator did a good job, but sadly she couldn’t save it. I don’t like having to post negative reviews, but I have to be honest about all of the books I read, not just the good ones. Thanks for appreciating that. 😊

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  3. Aw, what a bummer, Laurie! I hadn’t heard of this one from Mansell, but I recently picked up Fast Friends on NG, which is an older book that hadn’t been published in the US before. I hope it’s more like the one we both loved! I’ll keep you posted. It’s not due until January so I won’t be reading it for a while. I hope you love your next book! ♥️

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    • Hi Jennifer!! I think this one just wasn’t one of her best. That’s what other reviewers said as well. I had to see if it was just me after I gave up on it.
      I’ll be looking forward to your review of Fast Friends. Thanks for visiting!! 💕

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    • I LOVED the first book I read, This Could Change Everything. It’s the only other book I’ve read thus far by Jill Mansell. It was one of my favorites. This one just did not work for me. But I would definitely read another one of her books as I think this one might be an anomaly.
      Thanks for visiting. 💕

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  4. Whoa! Super review and I applaud your honesty in the DNF. I have done so, just not written about it. Even got flack for posting a 3 star (and I was being generous). You do a great job. Sorry it didn’t do it for you. And YES! Someone else who gets tired of the profanity! 😍

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    • Thank you!! I agonized about whether or not to post it, but I concluded that if I’m going to be honest I have to give the positive as well as the negative. Every one can’t be a winner, right?
      And yes, the unnecessary profanity. 🙄 I’ve read AMAZING books that contain zero profanity, so I know it can be done.
      Thanks so much for your comment. 😊

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  5. Laurie, the book was so bad?!!! And you DNFed? Wow 😳😳 your first DNF review I have read. You heard the book for 10 hours. Why o why? And where did you find the time for it? I am glad you wrote an honest review. I too need such Reviews to help me decide

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    • Hi Shalini! Yes, I listened for 10 hrs., but really it lost my attention around the 8-hr. mark when the first part of the story ended. I listened to this one while driving, cleaning, cooking, over several days. It was SO GOOD at first, but then that story just dropped and the MC, who became so unlikable in the second half of the book because of her actions, had too many love interests and….🤦🏽‍♀️ It just tanked for me at that point because the story waned and I lost interest. I really loved a couple of the secondary characters and wished the story was based on one of them instead.
      While this is my first DNF on the blog, I have given up on a couple of books a while back but it’s rare for me. I just couldn’t go another four hours.
      I would still recommend reading a Jill Mansell book, Shalini, just not this one, because I really enjoyed This Could Change Everything.
      Thanks for your comment!! 😉

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  6. Wow! This book sounds like a “big mistake” as the title indicates. I doubt if you enjoyed writing this review any more than you did listening to the audio book. Thank you for a frank and honest review of a book that started out with promise, but failed in the long run. I try to be careful with the books I choose, but some are just unpredictable. That’s where reviews like this one are so helpful.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I almost didn’t post this. I didn’t want to, you’re right. But then I did. I think I was upset that I had spent so much of my valuable time on it. After I wrote my review I looked at others to see how they felt and some of the negative reviews were a lot more brutal than mine, and they had very similar feelings regarding the length and storyline(s), so I guess I felt justified. 🤷🏽‍♀️ The overall rating on Goodreads is currently 3.74 for 7,824 raters, which is pretty good, but I think this book was an anomaly for Jill Mansell. I’m willing to bet many of her other books are very good reads, like the first and only one I read before this one.
      I have to post the good with the bad if I’m being honest, even when I agonize over it. 😔 Thanks for reading, and enjoy your week.

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