Jill Mansell is the queen of beach reads, at least my kind of beach reads. With The Unpredictable Consequences of Love she accomplished yet again to write a totally romantic novel.

My Summer TBR-list always contains a lot of fluffy novels, both YA and adult fiction. Typical names that come to mind are Sarah Dessen, Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella. So when I did my first library run since I’ve got a card, I made sure to pick up some summer reads.

One of them was The Unpredictable Consequences of Love. Here’s what it’s about: 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…

The book review of The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

The negatives

One thing I did not like was the short chapters and the way they were sorted. Sometimes the story would pick up right where it left of and it could have just been a new paragraph instead of a whole new chapter.

Not necessarily a negative for me, but it’s very predictable. Like all romance novels really, so not a major setback.

The positves

Jill Mansell is very good in swoon-worthy stories. As with all her books, you not only follow Josh and Sophie’s story, but also Tula’s and Dot’s (Josh’ grandma). All the storylines were as predictable, but nonetheless very enjoyable.

I must say though that there was one plot twist that I did not see coming. I won’t spoil anything, but I like the way this plot twist was a solution to an obstacle in one of the storylines. (this sounds so vague, but when you read the book you’ll understand!)

I liked the characters, especially Sophie. She has a reason she doesn’t date, but she’s still a strong female character. She is focused on her career, knows she is good at photography, has humor and people like her. Sophie really is the kind of person I would want to be.

Tula and Dot were also very present, but the guys were a little less thought out. In my opinion, that didn’t matter as much, especially since the female characters are what make the book fun.

My final rating on The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

Lovely romance novel, like one of many. So 4/5 stars ⭐

What do you like in a romance novel? Strong female characters, swoon-worthy males or a killer storyline?