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The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

Hi readers,

Last week I went back to work (goodby little vacations) and decided to choose ‘The Love Square’ to accompany me on public transports. The cover of this book is very appealing and because this is a square and not a love triangle, I decided to give it a chance.

‘Penny Bridge has always been unlucky in love.

So she can’t believe it when she meets a remarkable new man.

Followed by another.

And then another…

And all of them want to date her.

Penny has to choose between three. But are any of them The One?’

I though this book would be a light romantic comedy, but how wrong I was…for me, it is an emotional book. The circumstances of Penny’s life are at least sad – cancer, infertility and the loss of her mother by the same disease. In the midst of it all, penny, who has always been very unlucky in her love life, finds herself in the midst of three men – each one offering a different type of relationship.

At the beginning, we have Francesco, an Italian chef. Penny as also a chef immediately ‘falls’ for him, they have a lot in common. Their relationship was told in a real way and I hated how she wanted to end everything and be just friends after everything they went through. I almost forgave her, when she realized that he should go with her to Derbyshire and came back, only to see him with someone else.

Then when she moves to Derbyshire, she becomes involved with Thomas, connected to music and ‘lover’ to Lizzo (yes, the singer, and yes, kinda strange but I liked it). He’s young, a free-spirit and does not believe in monogamy. Finally there is Priyesh, which left me with no words. I could not believe how Penny jumped to his bones! They share a wild attraction but that’s it, I think she never saw any kind of future with him (except the carnal).

For someone so unlucky in love, to be surrounded by three charming men, it’s not bad…not bad at all!

Towards the end, the three men know each other and I felt sorry for Francesco in here. he did believe he and Penny were in a relationship again and exposed his heart in front of everyone. I felt embarrassed in this scene.

I did not expect a heroine who would be so happy to jump from man to man. Maybe this is my hate for love triangles speaking here, although this is a love square, which is even worse, I learned. On the other hand, I think Penny is a cancer survivor, someone who ‘saw the ending’ and after that she just wants to enjoy life, without looking at the results. She was living ‘la vida loca’, without thinking about other’s feelings.

What saved this book for me, was the fact that the author made it clear that Penny belonged to Francesco, and that calmed my nerves a little.

I loved the support of Penny’s family and fiends, it was great to read how important friendships were to Penny. The author also managed to cover several different types of characters, Sharon the friend with children, Charlie to coworker from Derbyshire, and William, a character who represents a non-binary genre.

In the end, I was expecting a comedy but this is a book about a woman trying to figure it out her identity and self-esteem. Did I agree with everything she did/said? No, but that’s the beauty of different opinions!

This is a 3.5 stars book for me! I saw the book Our Stop by the same author and I’m curious. What do you think about it?

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9 thoughts on “The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

  1. Great review, Ana! I liked Our Stop more than the Love Square. Maybe because I take trains every day and still believe in serendipity. Loved your analysis of this one, especially your thoughts on Penny’s motivation. My favourite character was Sharon 😁

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