Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Miranda's Big Mistake

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Review - Miranda's Big Mistake

About the Book
Taking a position as a trainee in a posh London hair salon may not seem the ideal situation for finding Mr. Right, but this breezy, whimsical novel from best-selling British chick-lit author Mansell (An Offer You Can't Refuse) introduces just such a heroine, Miranda, to a wide range of men, from panhandler to racecar driver, on her way to true love (and true retaliation). In a series of escapades too over-the-top even for Bridget Jones, feisty but accident-prone Miranda joins forces with other unlucky-in-love ladies, including a pregnant woman abandoned by her no-good husband and an aging but still-game landlady with a terminally greedy son. Plotlines and characters interweave with unexpected but satisfying results, including delicious comeuppance for the offending males. Summarizing the girl-power revenge plot, however, fails to do justice to the shenanigans that fill it out, making this a winning read. While Mansell's British humor doesn't always translate, Miranda's got more than enough irresistible transoceanic charm to promise that this, the first of several Mansell novels Sourcebooks is introducing to the U.S., should net a passionate new audience eager for the more.

My Take on the Book
This was the first book that I have read from this author and I was impressed at the light-hearted nature of the book and the crazy situations that Miranda gets herself into. Miranda has to be one of the most unlucky characters you can ever meet. She reminds me some of Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series of books in relation to the luck that she tends not to have.

The story itself is light and engages the reader right away. I found the storyline to move quite well, and I easily was able to get through chapters of this book in one sitting, and I continued to ask myself, what's coming next. Thus, even though the book is lengthy, it goes by quickly and you do not even realize that it is complete until it already is.

One of the best aspects of the book were the characters themselves. These characters live and breath and you can hear them and imagine them sitting next to you. This to me makes a great story!

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