Published by Headline Review on January 30th 2014
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
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When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. It's nothing personal, she tells Josh, but she just doesn't do dates. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why. Josh is sure Sophie likes him, though, and he's just got to find out what's put her off romance. And then put things right...
There are a large cast of characters in The Unpredictable Consequences of Love. Yet Mansell does an amazing job of writing each character clearly, each with a flaw/problem they must overcome. The multiple plot-lines are weaved together throughout the book. No characters story appears to be peripheral, despite there being two main characters – Josh and Sophie.
You immediately feel part of the world the characters live in, and on occasions, wish that you were living in Cornwall with them. The story is fun and light while at the same time being touching. There is humour, as well as pauses for the characters to reflect on their decisions.
The characters find themselves in situations and predicaments which they must overcome, as their decisions will affect their future and their relationships…
Overall The Unpredictable Consequences of Love is a fun and engaging read. Perfect for a holiday read!