The Unexpected Consequences of Love
Author Jill Mansell
Narrated by Beverley A. Crick
Publication date Feb 3, 2015
Running time 11 hrs 17 min
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Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (February 3, 2015)
Audiobook provided by Tantor for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 that Josh is going to quit trying.
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? http://www.jillmansell.co.uk/the-books/
This was a lovely story about first impressions and the errors of youth, mistaken judgment and recognizing love when it stands up and shoots you with an arrow. It’s also about how our judgments about people can be clouded, and how behavior can lead one to believe someone’s interest is not real or that someone is a person one would not want in one’s life.
I found the accent on the character of Tula and the superciliousness of Josh’s voice hard to deal with, but the rest of it wasn’t objectionable. Seriously, Tula isn’t from Liverpool and that was the closest I could come to imagining what the narrator was going for.
The characters feel like a British television show like Doc Martin, funny and poignant in equal measure. I enjoyed the friendship between Sophie and Tula; very different women who have been through some tough times together and accept each others imperfections.
And, the relationships are the love at first sight kind. Add initial rejection despite attraction to the mix and you get a story with lots of room. And, the things that happen are surprising and often delightful. The location of the book is the Cornwall coast and by the time I was through I wanted to jump on a plane and head over there for a “holiday.”
I enjoyed this one, and it is funny, poignant and sweet. It could be enjoyed by almost anyone. There’s some nudity but no real action so it is almost entirely clean.
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