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The Unexpected Consequences of Love Paperback – February 3, 2015
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"I never met a Mansell I didn't like! Once again, she absolutely sucks me in and doesn't let me go... Jill Mansell is a master at writing books with interesting characters, great plots that I've never read before, and the perfect flow that make you want to keep reading and reading." - Book Drunkard
"There is something truly comforting in the world that Mansell has crafted. Her gentle humor and idyllic small-town setting easily capture the imagination and the endearing relationships that develop between her characters ensure a perfect escape from the mundane details of the real world... Altogether, this is a novel full of the kind of joy that Mansell's readers have come to savor and that new readers will have a hard time resisting." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Mansell's tale of the stirring of love in spite of various heartbreaks and disappointments is a charming and, at times, madcap romantic comedy." - Booklist
"An extremely refreshing and enjoyable read." - Fic Wishes
" I have never read a Jill Mansell book that I didn't care for... One of Mansell's strong points is her ability to write with her heart and still inject some (okay, lots) of humor into the situations... I really enjoyed Mansell's book and would highly recommend her to anyone who likes chick-lit, humorous British fiction or contemporary romance. There's something for everyone in her books!" - Pudgy Penguin Perusals
"A charming novel for readers who appreciate likable characters, a romantic setting, and a happily-ever-after ending. The story is humorous with delightful surprises and a treat for those who want their romances to feature more mature characters" - Library Journal
"I found it a very enjoyable read... the story is well written and had me laughing out loud a few times at situations or from Jill Mansell's way with words." - The Book Date
"Whenever I'm in the mood for a delightfully good read I know that a book by Jill Mansell will be the perfect pick... a charming book." - Peeking Between the Pages
"What really stands out to me the most is how much I can tell Mansell enjoys writing these stories for readers. Her enthusiasm is apparent in both her plots and in the lives of her characters... Mansell will be your remedy for years to come..." - Night Owl Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick
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The characters became like old friends by the time I finished reading their stories especially Sophia and Tula. Josh has to work to win Sophia over, as does Riley to win Tula. It is predictable reading here but very enjoyable just the same. It is Dot and Lawrence’s story that I found most interesting. There is quite a bit of baggage collected over the forty years. I really kept reading to see if it could be left behind and a new better start be made by these two. High drama among ordinary people, I like that.
This is the first book by Jill Mansell that I have read and now I’m wondering what took me so long to find this author.
NetGalley provided a copy.
This much thought should not go into the narration on the listener's part. It detracted from the entire experience of the otherwise mediocre (but comforting) book.
I'll read Jill again, but not in audiobook form if the same person narrates. I'll stick to the printed book and hope for better results.
I'm pretty sure that was on a fortune cookie I once received.
For Sophie, love is of no interest whatsoever. She wants nothing to do with it, and has convinced herself that she is happy and content living alone, free from any emotional entanglements, aside from her friends and family.
When Josh first sees her, he immediately is smitten. Josh, though, is looking for the happily ever after. He wants marriage and children; he wants forever, and he thinks he could have it with Sophie.
Sophie's BFF Tula is up for what Josh wants. In fact, she is up for Josh, full stop. He's gorgeous - all of that swarthy dark hair and virile-ness - and he's a kind, good man. Despite her many attempts to get him to be interested in her, though, Tula gets nowhere. The one thing Josh does for her is nudge her in the direction of his pal Riley, a guy whose job is that of personal assistant to his successful romance writer aunt. There is something about Tula that Riley likes, which she suspects is the fact that she keeps rejecting him. RIley is every bit as gorgeous as Josh, and women drape themselves over him like wet towels.
Then there are Josh's grandparents, who have been divorced for years. It was not a divorce that Josh's grandmother wanted, and the reasons for it still cause her pain. His grandfather, though, remains in love with her. Can she forgive him?
Jill Mansell keeps tight rein on her characters, letting us get to know them without allowing them to wander far afield. Sophie is adorable. She's a successful photographer, so she's accustomed to watching people through a lens. It's a way for her to keep her distance from anything that binds her too closely to someone.Read more ›
Sophie Wells is busy concentrating on building up her photography business to have time for a relationship. She is proving how you can turn a simple idea into a career and surrounds herself with friends knowing that her chance for love had come and gone. It is much easier she decided to leave love to the romantics. Josh Strachan is also a busy professional working away with his grandmother running a successful hotel business. He has had other major achievements but those brought money and power and never a feeling of satisfaction.
When Josh meets Sophie and they share bits and pieces of their lives with one another Josh realizes he would like more from Sophie but she has been very good at building a wall around her heart that no one could tear down and he was really trying hard to do just that. With determination and a lot of conviction Josh pursues through friends and anyone that will talk to him why Sophie is this standoffish and the problem turns out to be something he is not sure he can overcome with just a warm embrace and tender word.
There are so many action packed adventures going on in this read you will want to read it again and again. The boundaries of love are limitless and while Sophie and Josh is the core of the story you will never forget the family, friends, or exes that surround this entire book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story's about three couples different love lives. Enjoyed the whole book it was very entertainingPublished 2 months ago by Sigrid Spodzieja
Thank you to Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book. I'm so sorry it took me so long to write the review!
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Yet another brilliant read from my favorite author! Love this book and love her!Published 3 months ago by G. Payne
Every now and again I get in the mood for a Jill Mansell book. She has a gift for writing stories with fun, quirky, endearing characters and effortlessly weaving multiple... Read morePublished 4 months ago by beara1701