Friday, February 20, 2015

Review and Giveaway: The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell is set in Cornwall where Sophie works as a photographer. Happy to be building her new business, Sophie seems content but lives a very narrow life. She has completely shut herself off to dating and the heartache in her past that has led to this is slowly revealed. Josh Strachan, who has returned from the US to the seaside town to help run a hotel, Mariscombe House,  with his grandmother, pursues Sophie and tries to break through her shell. Meanwhile, Sophie's friend Tula has moved from Birmingham and is working at the hotel. Unlike Sophie, Tula is in constant pursuit of love and romance. She is especially interested in Josh even though he barely notices her while he focuses on Sophie.

  My Thoughts
I always find Jill Mansell's books entertaining and love to sink into them - this one was no exception. I felt as if I was transported to Cornwall while I read and became engrossed in the lives of Sophie, Tula, Josh and the other cast of characters. The main character, Sophie,  and her story interested me most. The event in her past that has led to her reluctance to open herself to love is gradually revealed in a series of flashback scenes and deepens the readers understanding of Sophie. Meanwhile, Tula provides comic relief - she is much more lighthearted than Sophie and continually finds herself in scrapes. Sophie, Tula and Josh are supported by a cast of characters that includes Josh's grandparents who have an interesting relationship; Riley, a fun-loving playboy who pursues Tula and Riley's Aunt Marguerite who is a temperamental, self-involved author.

The author expertly weaves the multiple story lines together - there are just enough connections between these characters to make their story cohesive without seeming contrived.  If you haven't read a book by Jill Mansell yet this is a good one to start with - it includes her hallmarks of a cast of characters and an enjoyable story of found love.  If  you are already a fan of the author, like me, this latest book doesn't disappoint!


The publisher is offering a giveaway of the book and you can enter it here: a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. She sure does write great characters!

  2. I've never read Jill Mansell, this sounds like a good one to start with.

  3. This was my first Jill Mansell but I so enjoyed it. I'm glad to hear this is typical of Mansell's characters. I'll definitely have to find her other books!

  4. I have not read her before and this one sounds fun. I like books set in Cornwall. thanks!

  5. I should check this book out. My YA novel on submission is set in Cornwall. It's a beautiful place!

  6. Thankfully, she did it again. Very enjoyable and what was nice for a change, no misunderstandings between main characters. Now, only annoyance was the audio narrator. At times, she would mix her characters accents up or the accents were just terrible! Especially her Truela accent, very grating. If no audio, all good.

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  7. I fell in love with these characters and storylines. The love stories are pretty straightforward but the quirks of the characters are irresistible and you want to follow their stories to their happy endings.

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