400 pages/8h 45m ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley audiobook ARC
The Love Square is the first audiobook I’ve requested from Netgalley, I listened to it via the new Netgalley Shelf app which is currently quite basic but offered a decent enough listening app with a snooze and option and you could speed up the audio. Fingers crossed they keep working on that and we’ll all be viewing/requesting via the app as well as reading/listening.
I read Laura Jane Williams’ previous romantic comedy novel Our Stop just last month while on holiday and enjoyed it so was excited to see this available for request.
We meet Penny, owner of London cafe Bridges who has recently experienced a string of failed romances; the latest who she caught swiping through a dating app while she popped to the loo. Deciding that’s the last straw she decides to give up on dating and men for a while; unsurprisingly as soon as she stops searching for romance it decides to find her. Through the course of the book Penny finds herself with three potential romances, each with their own pros and downsides and she’s forces to seriously consider what she really wants from life.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the host of great side characters, behind Penny and her three potential suitors there is a brilliant group of friends, family and colleagues which really helped to bring the Penny’s life and the places she works/lives to life.
One thing to note is that while the cover and blurb give off a light, easy-read vibe there are some more serious themes within the book including losing parents, battling cancer and being unable to have children so worth being aware going in that those bits may make for difficult reading for some.
The audiobook is narrated by Carrier Hope Fletcher, I’ve followed Carrie online for several years and did a fantastic job reading this. It really added to my enjoyment to have an easy to listen to and familiar voice in my ear.
The Love Square is released this week in Paperback and Kindle∆ – though I would really recommend the audio version! Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.