Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Review of The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

The bit on the back…

Sophie has no interest in finding love. But what happens when love finds her?

Sophie Wells is a successful photographer with a focus on putting the past firmly behind her.

When Josh Strachan returns to the seaside town of Cornwall from the States to run his family's hotel, he can't understand why the fun, sexy girl has zero interest in letting him-or any man for that matter-into her life.

He also can't understand how he's been duped into employing Sophie's impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited.

Both girls remain mum about the reasons behind Sophie's indifference to love. But that doesn't mean Josh is going to quit trying...

Firstly thank you to Sourcebooks for approving me for a copy of this title on NetGalley. This is the first Jill Mansell book that I’ve read and finished although not the first one I’ve attempted to read. I was drawn to it by the pretty, picturesque cover.

The story is about the idyllic sounding St Carys and the inhabitants of the seaside town, mainly Sophie Wells.

I immediately found myself pulled into the story. I quickly came to enjoy learning about each character and seeing how their stories were all intertwined. The close knit community feel of St Carys lent itself to the story and seemed to bring the cast of characters together. The narrative is taken in turns by the different central characters which achieves two things. It allows you to get to know each character and their individual stories but it also allows you to experience the whole story from the individual characters perspectives. The stories are interwoven seamlessly which keeps your attention throughout the story.

Sophie is the main character throughout with the stories of the other characters relating to her. She’s reserved and almost secretive in the beginning but it quickly becomes apparent as to the reason for this. I liked how Sophie didn’t let her history define people’s perception of her however I felt frustrated on her behalf that it defined the way she lived her life. Josh and Tula have the strongest link with Sophie - Tula as her best friend who finds solace in St Carys and a place to restart her life and Josh as her admirer although Sophie spurned his advances.

The title of the novel suggests a rollercoaster ride of a read and it definitely delivers. The consequences of love don’t just relate to romantic love but also family ties and the consequences of how far people will go to help or protect their family. I liked that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next and how compelling the anticipation was throughout the book.

I will definitely be reading more from Jill Mansell now and will put the unfinished book down to a blip in my reading mojo!

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