Book: The Love Square
Author: Laura Jane Williams
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pages: 288 (E-ARC Kindle Document)
Expected publication date: 29th June 2020 (UK)
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
*Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Avon Books UK for this opportunity.
'The Love Square' by Laura Jane Williams is a romantic feel-good book.
Penny Bridge has been unlucky in love, with her ex leaving her soon after her cancer diagnosis. Hoping to move on, she's looking for a future partner to spend her life with - yet soon finds she's met with three! She's faced with a difficult choice - the chef, the wine merchant or the one that can't commit?
I enjoyed this book because there were some added twists that you wouldn't necessarily expect from this type of book. Judging by the cover and the synopsis, I thought this book would be more of a romantic comedy / chick lit read, however it's definitely more emotionally-driven than I first expected. Penny has a developed backstory, as her experiences with cancer and infertility adds another layer to the story.
The characters were wonderfully diverse, which is something I particularly liked. There's plenty of LGBTQ+ representation, and it was never mentioned as an integral part of the story - just 'there' as it should be. Homosexual relationships and a non-binary character, yes please!
However, I did find the pacing a little difficult at times. I feel that sometimes it skipped what could have been interesting emotional moments between characters. Also, I definitely preferred the beginning of the book over the end, Francesco and Penny's friendship/romance was funny and enjoyable to read at first - yet near the end of the book, I feel that Penny's flirting started to become more repetitive and I did begin to lose interest.
Overall, I'd give this book 3.5 stars, as it's a good romantic book with some emotional depth in there too. I admired how Williams touched upon many difficult topics with such sensitivity, including cancer and infertility. As a trigger warning, there is mention of cancer, infertility (IVF and surrogacy) and there's also strong language.
If you're looking for a romantic holiday read, with some emotional depth, then this one could be perfect for you!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Avon Books UK for an e-ARC of this book. 'The Love Square' is available on Kindle today and released for paperback on 6th August (UK).