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The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The delicious new romantic novel: now a No. 2 Sunday Times hardback bestseller

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....

©2014 Jill Mansell (P)2014 Headline Digital

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  • Shireen Alam
  • 15-05-2017

nice heartwarming story

the narrator is FANTASTIC! The book isn't one of Mansell's best bit a good read.

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  • Aimee
  • 21-05-2014

Couldn't put it down

Who was your favorite character and why?

Josh - he was just lovely

Which character – as performed by Jane Collingwood – was your favorite?

She did a great job with all of the characters

Any additional comments?

This is a great story and a very easy listen. It had a dew twists that I didn't predict. I was sad when it finished because I enjoyed it so much

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  • Leisha
  • 21-04-2014

Great as always

Great read - Sophie is a photographer and has moved to Cornwall to set up her own business. She catches the eye of Josh who co-owns a local hotel with his grandmother Dot. Sophie however has vowed to stay away from relationships ie Josh to which I had to find out why!!

Then there is Sophie’s best friend Tula, Josh’s fun loving friend Riley, Dot and her ex-husband Lawrence, and local author Marguerite. All have their own sub-plots and dramas which are perfectly woven throughout the story.

Its an enjoyable read/listen to

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  • Ann D
  • 12-06-2014

Pleasant, relaxing read/listen.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes it was. It took me a little while to get into (not sure if that was me, or the book). When I did though, I found it to be a really pleasant story with very likeable, well drawn characters. Its a perfect holiday read.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jill Mansell? Why or why not?

Yes, I look forward to it.

What does Jane Collingwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't know, but she narrated it beautifully.

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  • Saffy
  • 24-02-2014

Hugely enjoyable chick lit

Yes it is predictable, cliche ridden chick lit, but if you fancy an escapist listen with a seaside setting this is perfect. Of course, I knew where the story was going from the beginning but there were a couple of surprises along the way and this was a very easy and enjoyable listen with likeable characters. This is the first time I have listened to Jane Collingwood narrate for many years. In the past I have found her tone rather grating but I thought she narrated this book perfectly with excellent differentiation between all the characters.

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  • R
  • 30-04-2014

Couldn't turn it off!!!

What did you like most about The Unpredictable Consequences of Love?

It was well presented with a strong storyline. Loved the side stories, even if parts were predictable, it was enjoyable listening to them unravel!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tula -she was written as a genuinely sweet girl, optimistic and happy!

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  • MRS
  • 21-02-2014

Brilliant book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unpredictable Consequences of Love to be better than the print version?

Absolutely, it makes the housework fun!! This book had me hooked from the beginning, fantastic characters and fantastic writing, you won't be disappointed, Jill mansell has done it again :0))

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  • CM
  • 18-06-2014

Hideous

Horrid book about men who cannot take no for an answer and women who are devoid of anything resembling a personality.

The main love story centres on Josh and Sophie. After she tells him again and again that she does not want to date him, he ignores her refusal and goes digging into her past. Not what I'd call romantic. His blatant disregard for her privacy and his continual pestering of her (because she MUST love him, in spite of the fact that she said NO over and over) made me uncomfortable.

There are several side plots as well. Tula and Riley's story was the closest I got to actually enjoying the book, but even they fell short. There's something very shallow about the way that one panned out. Again, I felt uncomfortable. And the older generation wasn't any better. At first, I thought it was nice to see a love story featuring older people included. Unfortunately, the participants made me roll my eyes at every turn. Really disappointed.

Bland prose, flat characters, contrived situations, and nothing at all "unpredictable." I recommend avoiding this one. I've heard that Jill Mansell's other books are better, but I can't say I'll be giving her a second chance.

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  • kaila h.
  • 04-12-2018

Fabulous, funny and moving.

A wonderful book looking at the best and worst of relationships through the lense of an amusing eye. A always a loveable book.

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  • Christine in Essex
  • 28-07-2018

Loved it

I just love all these Jill Mansell books. They are a great read anytime, day or night.

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  • amber
  • 21-05-2017

not her best

I found it slow predicted and a bit boring to be honest .. a nice story yes but that's it



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  • L.Styles
  • 15-04-2017

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Great story and a great narrator. Some sad bits, funny bits and food for thought especially where relationships are concerned. Life's too short! A*

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  • lynn clough
  • 30-08-2015

An interesting list of characters & there stories

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unpredictable Consequences of Love to be better than the print version?

For me it is as I listen in bed at night with the light off

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tula She is fun. Sophie can be a bit wet in need of a shake

What about Jane Collingwood’s performance did you like?

Jane a has a great range of believable accents. She is great at characterisation

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

We get there eventualy

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this story to those you enjoy a chick lit romp