The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

20090575This is the third Jill Mansell book I’ve read in the last year or two, and like the others, it was a real feel-good cheery book with some thoughtful musings on the nature of love and damaged hearts. Looking for something light and summery to get me through the darkness and disappointment of The House of Mountfathom, this was exactly what I needed. And, even better, it was only 99p on Kindle!

Jill Mansell’s bestseller THE UNPREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE is an unforgettable tale of sunny days on the beach, Cornwall in the summer and secrets about to be revealed. Perfect for readers of Lucy Diamond and Veronica Henry.

In the idyllic seaside town of St Carys, Sophie is putting the past firmly behind her.

When Josh arrives in St Carys to run the family hotel, he can’t understand why Sophie has zero interest in letting any man 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.

St Carys has more than its fair share of characters, including the charming but utterly feckless surfer Riley Bryant, who has a massive crush on Tula. Riley’s aunt is superstar author Marguerite Marshall. And Marguerite has designs on Josh’s grandfather…who in turn still adores his glamorous ex-wife, Dot…

Just how many secrets can one seaside town keep?

There’s something very enjoyable about Jill Mansell books. They follow a formula, certainly – group of people all interlinked in some way, lots of unrequited crushes, and unexpected pairings, but they stumble through life together and end up living happily ever after. This was no different. In an idyllic seaside town in Cornwall, an interlinked group of endearing characters work their way through a summer of romances and missed connections, heartbreaks, breakups, makeups, and personal growth. With a few touching moments, this book was the perfect kind of pick-me-up I needed.

There’s probably a lot that could be criticised about Jill Mansell’s books – they’re not exactly diverse, with a cast of uniformly straight, white characters, and they’re not exactly realistic, as everyone ends up with their happily ever after. But they are fun, and very enjoyable, and good at what they set out to do, which is provide a lovely story in which everyone overcomes the obstacles which sit in their path to happiness. So that was exactly what I wanted, and it was exactly what I got. And for only 99p! Bargain!

Four Stars
****

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