Review of The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Manswell

By: Gabi Rutherford

When Josh Strachan moves back to the beachside town of St. Carys to help his grandmother run the family, he runs into Sophie Wells and is immediately drawn to her. Sophie, however, is not interested in his affections, as she is focused on building her photography business. However, Sophie’s friend, Tula, has her sights set on Josh, and Tula’s crush on Josh only grows as she begins to work at his family’s hotel. Josh’s friend Riley, known for being a ladies’ man and living off his aunt’s trust fund, has his own crush on Tula, and while she thinks he is attractive, his work ethic is not. Who will change their mind, or their heart, and who will find a way to make things work?

Jill Mansell does an excellent job of weaving this story. She puts you firsthand into the mind of each character, giving the readers insight in ways many other stories do not. While there are a lot of characters in this novel, and each of these characters has their own background and history, you do not get lost. The characters also grow up a little bit, learn more about each other, and gain more respect for each other by the end of the story.

I definitely enjoyed this novel. While it is a romance, the characters have meaningful interactions with not only each other, but also with other people. The story made me feel joyful in some parts, and it also made me cry in others. This book might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy romance novels, especially those where the characters are able to build great relationships and friendships, I think you would enjoy this read.

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