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She’s single. But it can still be complicated… 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? The bestselling author of Our Stop will have you laughing, crying and cheering Penn She’s single. But it can still be complicated… 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? The bestselling author of Our Stop will have you laughing, crying and cheering Penny on in this funny and feel-good exploration of hope, romance and the trust it takes to finally fall in love. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane’s If I Never Met You and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare.


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She’s single. But it can still be complicated… 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? The bestselling author of Our Stop will have you laughing, crying and cheering Penn She’s single. But it can still be complicated… 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? The bestselling author of Our Stop will have you laughing, crying and cheering Penny on in this funny and feel-good exploration of hope, romance and the trust it takes to finally fall in love. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane’s If I Never Met You and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare.

30 review for The Love Square

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another entertaining, fast pacing, feel-good, swoony, cute reading makes you smile, gives you positive energy. Even though I decided to give three stars, (mostly I gave those stars to Switzerland-let’s meet in the middle books) I have to admit, it was fun and it relaxed my mood, cleared my mind. These days we need softer, lighter, comfort zone reads for brightening our darker moods! Let’s move to the plot to get a closer look to the story: We’re introduced to Penny, unlucky in love, suffering fr Another entertaining, fast pacing, feel-good, swoony, cute reading makes you smile, gives you positive energy. Even though I decided to give three stars, (mostly I gave those stars to Switzerland-let’s meet in the middle books) I have to admit, it was fun and it relaxed my mood, cleared my mind. These days we need softer, lighter, comfort zone reads for brightening our darker moods! Let’s move to the plot to get a closer look to the story: We’re introduced to Penny, unlucky in love, suffering from numerous disastrous dates. And till one day, she meets with an amazing man, next day she meets with another amazing man and then she meets with one more amazing man. See! Third time is the charm. Nope, I’m correcting, she already found three charming men and she needs to choose wisely. ( don’t say that she has to keep all of them and enjoy foursome polygamous lifestyle. We are reading a decent, cute, entertaining romcom, not a mischievous erotic romance!) The heartbreaking and emotional parts about Penny, losing her parents and surviving against the big battle with cancer are the most realistic and well-written parts help me to connect with heroine. But maybe I’m old school when it comes to love because Penny’s indecisiveness till the end about her choice and flirting with three men at the same time just a little irritated me and damaged my ideal romcom idea. At least two of them would be assholes or if she could find out with whom she wanted to be a little bit earlier which worked better for me. Her confusing mood made me lose my connection with her. (Come on! When your heart knows something it always whispers to your brain. What are you still thinking?) By the way Sharon is my favorite supporting character (At some parts, I loved her more than heroine and I root for her to have her own sequel.) Overall: My only problem was idea not to choose between three men till the end of the book a little destroyed between Penny and my favorite candidate’s HEA (That’s my opinion. I’m keeping my favorite hero to myself not to ruin your reading!) and made me annoy the heroine, lowering my points. But the writing style and pacing is good and of course Penny made a great choice at the end. (At least I truly agree with the author.) If you want to read a feel-good, enjoyable and soft rom-com, this is a great fit for you to put your mind at ease and get rid of your stressful days. Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for sharing this sweet ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I have to be honest with you all, this book made me MAD. Not necessarily because it was bad, but because it started off SO! STRONG!, only to run on for way too long, dragging everything out and making an already messy situation way messier than it needed to be. I started off rooting so hard for Penny and all of her love interests, but ended up pretty much loathing every single character by the end. Based on the first half of this book, it could have been a new favorite, but between a handful of I have to be honest with you all, this book made me MAD. Not necessarily because it was bad, but because it started off SO! STRONG!, only to run on for way too long, dragging everything out and making an already messy situation way messier than it needed to be. I started off rooting so hard for Penny and all of her love interests, but ended up pretty much loathing every single character by the end. Based on the first half of this book, it could have been a new favorite, but between a handful of tasteless jokes and all hell breaking loose in the worst way during the second half, this left a really bad taste in my mouth. Also, I found it really weird that the author chose to write Lizzo (like, actual real life Lizzo) into the story as a sort of love interest for another character???? It felt weirdly icky to me. Overall, this one was pretty much an all around miss for me and I am big sad about it. TW: cancer, death of a parent, hospitals, IVF treatments, cheating, slut shaming

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    There’s so much to admire in this book but yet I struggled a little bit with it. And I think a lot of that struggle came from my own misconceptions about what type of book this is. For some reason I thought it would be a super witty and fun romantic comedy... but instead it is a far more emotional type of read which I wasn’t particularly in the mood for at the time of reading. The book follows the character of Penny and how over the course of a year she finds herself entangled in not just a love There’s so much to admire in this book but yet I struggled a little bit with it. And I think a lot of that struggle came from my own misconceptions about what type of book this is. For some reason I thought it would be a super witty and fun romantic comedy... but instead it is a far more emotional type of read which I wasn’t particularly in the mood for at the time of reading. The book follows the character of Penny and how over the course of a year she finds herself entangled in not just a love triangle, but a love square. At the start of the novel she meets Francesco and they seem to have the perfect connection, but circumstances occur that rips Penny away from London and into a new life where she meets two other men and somehow ends up in this situation where she doesn’t know who or what she wants from life. So for me what this book lacked was humour because that’s what I was [perhaps wrongly] expecting. And therefore I never could find my reading groove with this book, and that isn’t the book’s fault at all. Because there is great emotion and honesty in the pages of this story. I really admired how the novel had such a strong infertility storyline. Absolute kudos for handling this frequently painful subject with such sensitivity. The main character of Penny had had a type of cancer in the past that meant she was put into an early menopause. I loved how the book alluded to fatigue and pain issues that Penny sometimes had to deal with because of her hormone treatments. And bravo for talking openly and honestly about the options available to women who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis; in this instance Penny had, prior to the book’s start point, chosen to have her eggs harvested and fertilised by sperm donation to create embryos. It was just great to see a storyline whereby infertility was discussed in a manner that didn’t offer any quick fixes or miracle pregnancies for the infertile character but instead kept things much more authentic while still retaining hopefulness. Also kudos to this book for not just being heteronormative in its scope. There is great LGBTQ+ rep with loving gay and lesbian couples (Penny’s uncle and sister Clementine are both in stable long term relationships), and the presence of a gender non-binary character named Charlie who works alongside Penny and is a source of much needed playful banter in the book. This book really challenges the idea of the traditional two parent family with heterosexual parents and shows that family comes in all sorts of beautiful shapes. I really loved the friendships that were forged in this book especially between Penny and sassy London bestie Sharon. Theirs was a beautiful example of positive female friendship with how they emotionally supported each other. The friendship between Penny and Charlie was another highlight. I love how Charlie was the type of character to hold no prisoners and said exactly what was on their mind. Really showed the value of honesty in a close friendship. But my favourite relationship was the sisterly bond between Penny and Clementine. I just loved how open and honest they were with each other and thought that how they left each other constant voice notes through what’s app was really touching. My least favourite characters were actually the three love interests! Francesco started out pretty great; who doesn’t love a man who will make you endless pasta dishes?! I love pasta so very much and I’m really curious to try pesto with walnuts rather than pine nuts as he makes it in the book but I have digressed... Anyway!! I wasn’t too thrilled with the direction his character went in and did not like how he seemed to get away much too easily with slut shaming Penny in the latter stages of the book... I know he said things in anger but I needed more repentance from him. Thomas was a bit bland! I really felt like I didn’t get to know him as a character at all and found him to be quite one dimensional. Plus I found his constant name dropping of a certain celeb [Lizzo] just kept jerking me out of the book. I would have preferred if the author had created a fictitious celeb for him to work with. And Priyesh.... nope! He seemed sort of sleazy to me rather than someone who I wanted to see Penny with. So for a book supposedly about romance I really wasn’t rooting for Penny to end up with any of the guys. I won’t say more because of spoilers but I do very much respect the decision she made in the end and liked that ultimately it became a storyline about what it was that she wanted from life rather than what these men wanted from her. Overall I liked this book... but I didn’t love it. But as I’ve said earlier this primarily is because I thought there was going to be a lot more humour and I was in the mood for a funny book rather than an emotional read. I think a fair rating is 3.5 to 4 stars. I would recommend this to fans of light fiction who like their reads with a lot of emotional depth. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Publishing: 9 July 2020, Avon Books UK

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Thank you for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - apologies for it being so negative. - good grief, okay. Let me just collect my thoughts on why this was such a disappointment. First off, let me start by saying that this story had real potential. I just wish it was. Right, that's the positives, let's move onto the negatives. The writing style. The POV was all over the place. One minute it's from Penny's perspective and randomly another character had thoughts thrown in the Thank you for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - apologies for it being so negative. - good grief, okay. Let me just collect my thoughts on why this was such a disappointment. First off, let me start by saying that this story had real potential. I just wish it was. Right, that's the positives, let's move onto the negatives. The writing style. The POV was all over the place. One minute it's from Penny's perspective and randomly another character had thoughts thrown in there and it threw me off. The writing just didn't flow, it was hard to read if I'm honest and didn't connect with me. And I know the ebook was an odd format because it's an ARC but that also didn't help my reading experience at all because it was all over the place. I couldn't tell when one scene ended and another began. You're reading about Penny being in one place and suddenly she's somewhere else talking about something completely different and you're like Just...wait a minute. You're confusing me. The pacing. Slow parts that are irrelevant, fast parts that you'd rather read about. I grew bored with this by about 30% and stopped caring who she was going to end up with. Penny So our protagonist is Penny Bridges who is, well, not that great. I didn't like her. Considering literally everything you can imagine has happened to her in her backstory, you'd think she'd be a little nicer and a bit more humble than she is. I just lost interest in her very quickly. She kept repeating herself about so many things i.e. her backstory, her love life, herself and ugh. If she was a decent person and was a little less selfish, I'd probably like her more. There was just too much going on with her character in terms of her backstory and none of it really changed her as a person. She didn't even seem interested in anyone else's life, it was all about her. Have a little compassion for other people, Pen, and not just your vagina. Penny was adamant that she was an ~independant woman who don't need no man~ (considering she complains during most of this book that she is single and wants a man) . And let me tell you, someone kept saying it to her constantly. She said she was a 'bad feminist' for missing someone. I recall her saying she misses love interest #1 and she's like 'I shouldn't, then I'm a bad feminist' because apparently feminists aren't supposed to have feelings? You're allowed to miss someone you care for, dumbass. Side characters & LGBTQ+ rep. So, I love it when a book has representation but I hate it when an author just throws it in there just to tick off the boxes and say they're repping, and it's very evident in this book. It all felt very forced to me. I was glad to see that Williams included a non-binary character however I felt like there wasn't much to them at all which was disappointing. They're mostly there to, yep, talk about Penny. I couldn't say one fact about any character that isn't Penny or her fuckboys. Some of the minor characters just melded into one and didn't stand out at all, they all just felt like the same character with a different name. None of the minor characters did anything for the plot except getting Penny to talk more about her woeful love life and convince her to sleep with everyone because lol you're an independent woman The love interests. I didn't care for them. None of them. I think Francesco was the most appealing but that's mostly because he was the only love interest for the first half of the book, the others were rushed and randomly peppered through and they weren't anything outstanding. Two dimensional and boring to read about. Phew! We made it to the end of the review everyone. I haven't ranted this much in quite a while and, honestly, I've missed it. So in conclusion, this just fell flat for me and wasn't my cup of tea. It was predictable, sometimes odd and tried to be humourous but just didn't tickle me. I tried so hard to like this because I was eager to read this one but, alas, it wasn't what I was hoping for and left me disappointed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    Even though the title says it all this book still managed to take me by surprise. Maybe it is all the pastel colors cover's fault. This turned out to be a more emotional book than I expected. Penny is single and dating. One, two, three... One day you have no choice and suddenly there are too many. I liked that the characters were imperfect. That fact made them more realistic. There is a great LGBTQ rep. So kudos to the author for diversity. I also liked how the author dealt with the infertility Even though the title says it all this book still managed to take me by surprise. Maybe it is all the pastel colors cover's fault. This turned out to be a more emotional book than I expected. Penny is single and dating. One, two, three... One day you have no choice and suddenly there are too many. I liked that the characters were imperfect. That fact made them more realistic. There is a great LGBTQ rep. So kudos to the author for diversity. I also liked how the author dealt with the infertility storyline. It is a complex and beautifully represented world we are living in. I liked the side characters and their stories. There is an amazing relationship between Penny and her sister. Sadly the romance part of this book didn't hold my interest at all. Even with three choices, it felt kind of flat and predictable. Overall, It an okay read. Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Running a little, but popular cafe and being an amazing cook should make Penny an adult who has her life together. But whereas she loves what she does job-like, she has really bad luck in her dating life. Until she meets Francesco. He’s perfect for her in every way. Until she needs to leave London and help her uncle with his restaurant. There she realizes that even though she had the worst luck with men before Francesco, now she has several options on hand: three, to be honest. Three p Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Running a little, but popular cafe and being an amazing cook should make Penny an adult who has her life together. But whereas she loves what she does job-like, she has really bad luck in her dating life. Until she meets Francesco. He’s perfect for her in every way. Until she needs to leave London and help her uncle with his restaurant. There she realizes that even though she had the worst luck with men before Francesco, now she has several options on hand: three, to be honest. Three perfect, handsome man, who couldn’t be any more different. And so chaos begins and Penny learns what it is that she really wants in life. That was really, really cute and kind of a funny book. I enjoyed it a lot and read it in just 24 hours. It had a good pacing with some bits of drama, friendship, love, sex etc etc and all in all was really entertaining to read. Character 🌟🌟🌟 First of all: no one in this book is perfect. That would be weird. But they’re perfect in their own kind of way. Penny was strong, independent and loved her family really much. And she stayed realistic even though she could’ve dreamed a bit. When she needed to move away, she broke things apart with Francesco, because she didn’t think a relationship with so many kilometers between them couldn’t last long. In the end they would hurt each other even more. She paused her life plans for the sake of her family, her uncle. And even though she could’ve been sad, depressed and moody about the forced change, she learned to love it. She grew as a person, as a cook, as a friend. And even though she didn’t always act in the right way, she said sorry when it needed to be said. There were many side characters that appeared in this novel and even though I’m not so sure if he’s a main or a side character, I Iiked Francesco the most. I liked him because he treated Penny in a respectful way and told her that before he wanted to fall in love with her he wanted to fall in friendship with her. And that was the cutest thing to say. Also pretty wise. He explained it in such a wonderful way that I couldn’t help but fall in love. And ship them so hard. I know he didn’t always acted gentleman-like, but like Penny he said sorry if it needed to be said. All in all I liked the characters a lot and I think they pushed the story forward in their own kind of way. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟 Penny is a grown independent woman who does not need a man. Or three. Or maybe she wants a man? But which one? They’re all so perfect in their own kind of way... Whereas everything is relaxed and funny with Thomas, Penny has the best sex of her life with Priyesh, but then there is also Francesco. He respects her, is loyal and supportive and probably her best friend. Even though they needed to break things up, because Penny moved away, he still wanted to stay in contact with her. He talked to her on the phone, cooked for her, talked to her about their problems...(Can you see which one was my favorite? Haha) All in all I really felt a connection between Penny and Francesco and I shipped them so hard. They didn’t have this easypeasy relationship, it was the exact opposite in some way. The relationship felt real filled with real life problems and emotions, anger, confusion, embarrassment. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The writing was definitely catching, flowing and made the book easy and fun to read. It was written in Penny’s POV even though sometimes it changed to Francesco. But without a note or something. It just changed in the middle and then switched back to Penny. It could’ve been confusing, but I didn’t have any problems changing my focus and the POV in my head. All in all definitely a good book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    I quite enjoyed this. It was good fun and a quick read, and I did really like some aspects of the ending. I did find the plot a bit predictable – which I don't mind in a romcom generally, but in a love triangle/square I think I like a bit more tension and who the main character might end up with! Regardless, a fun read. I quite enjoyed this. It was good fun and a quick read, and I did really like some aspects of the ending. I did find the plot a bit predictable – which I don't mind in a romcom generally, but in a love triangle/square I think I like a bit more tension and who the main character might end up with! Regardless, a fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I’ve got to admit it, I was rather disappointed by this book. The cover implied a book rather upbeat and light-hearted. However, this was definitely not the case. I found Penny’s circumstances rather miserable and her love-life was irritating. The outcome was predictable and I could not connect with her as the main character. So, it becomes clear from the outset that Penny is unfortunate in love. She has had a difficult life with being ill from cancer and losing her mum to the same disease. Add i I’ve got to admit it, I was rather disappointed by this book. The cover implied a book rather upbeat and light-hearted. However, this was definitely not the case. I found Penny’s circumstances rather miserable and her love-life was irritating. The outcome was predictable and I could not connect with her as the main character. So, it becomes clear from the outset that Penny is unfortunate in love. She has had a difficult life with being ill from cancer and losing her mum to the same disease. Add in the fact that she can’t seem to find Mr Right and Penny is, naturally, rather frustrated. As her circumstances change over the novel, Penny manages to find herself involved with three very different men – all offering opposing relationships. From the beginning there is Francesco, a fellow chef and attractive Italian. Moving to Derbyshire, Penny gets involved with Thomas who is rakish, unpredictable and not at all interested in monogamy. Finally, Priyesh offers a wild but what felt a desperate attraction that obviously does not have any future to it. When the three men eventually meet in the closing chapters of the story, it is naturally very awkward and I found my toes curling at the atmosphere – I just wanted Penny to hurry up and make her mind up! It is obvious who Penny should make a future with and I feel the author could have either surprised the reader more at the end or, simply reduced the length of the story. It did feel like it dragged on a bit at the closing and I was relieved when I reached the Epilogue. This was really disappointing myself because I had had such high expectations. I didn’t really appreciated Penny’s infidelities and was frustrated she was quite happy to jump between different men – I guess I was hoping for a heroine with more morality?! Undoubtedly, Williams’s cast of characters is diverse. Penny’s friends and family are fun and supportive. I liked Sharon and I think Thomas had potential to be the more interesting of boyfriends – it’s a shame neither featured more in the story. Charlie, a colleague working with Penny in Derbyshire, is Williams’s most diverse character and as a gender non-binary, I found myself most surprised to see this representation. My brain struggled to process this (I’m sorry!) and I could not move beyond this. There isn’t much laugh-out-loud humour in the story but the banter is refreshing and helps break the damp atmosphere. Many issues are running through Penny’s story and this adds depth to something I anticipated being a funny example of women’s fiction. I hope Williams’s other novel is more light-hearted and warming because this one, sadly, to not live up to my expectations. With thanks to Avon books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Garg

    The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams is a light read. It is a fun and fast-paced romantic comedy, which deals with the story of Penelope Hermione Bridge, our heroine, who struggling to get dates, ends up in a connection with three guys at once, thus forming a love square geometrically! There is something inviting about chefs falling in love, what with all that tantalizing aroma around their food and eventually themselves. This book cleverly banks on the same, and delivers as expected. The love m The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams is a light read. It is a fun and fast-paced romantic comedy, which deals with the story of Penelope Hermione Bridge, our heroine, who struggling to get dates, ends up in a connection with three guys at once, thus forming a love square geometrically! There is something inviting about chefs falling in love, what with all that tantalizing aroma around their food and eventually themselves. This book cleverly banks on the same, and delivers as expected. The love making scenes, though few, were not erotic enough for an adult romcom. Now, I don't mean for them to compete with the erotica genre itself, but something was definitely amiss here. Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC. Verdict: One time read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Inês

    you are selfish and uncomprehending of the games you play with grown men's emotions. (...) this victim routine you have is mind-numbing. it's time to grow up. i would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for an arc and i would like to thank my heart for staying away from anyone who would qualify as the male version of penny bridges. because penny bridges is an asshole and a fuckboy, even though she's a woman. don't get me wrong. i fully respect women's (and men's) right to sleep with howe you are selfish and uncomprehending of the games you play with grown men's emotions. (...) this victim routine you have is mind-numbing. it's time to grow up. i would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for an arc and i would like to thank my heart for staying away from anyone who would qualify as the male version of penny bridges. because penny bridges is an asshole and a fuckboy, even though she's a woman. don't get me wrong. i fully respect women's (and men's) right to sleep with however many different people they want, and all at the same time, for all i care. but i do not respect women (or men) who do so with complete disregard for the feelings of others. if you are enough of an adult to sleep with people, you have to be just as much of an adult about how you do it. that means being respectful and honest (like thomas, a character i didn't particularly enjoy, but the only one who made any sort of sense in this book, in his own way). it is not to say that, even if you are being respectful and honest, that you will not hurt people. you might. but, at least, you will have done all in your power not to. unlike penny bridges, who has "such good intentions" and "doesn't mean to hurt anyone" but has no accountability, no responsibility and never considers anyone's interests or feelings but her own. penny hasn't been dealt an incredible hand, i'll give her that. her father walked out on their family. her mother died. penny had cancer. her boyfriend left her when she was diagnosed. you'd figure all of this would've made her a little more humble. after all, she doesn't seem like someone who you would exactly describe as privileged. and yet, the first time in her life penny has to put someone else's interests abover her own (when she has to take over her uncle's pub), she does nothing but complain about how she had to put someone else's interests above her own. and this is her uncle who raised her, who stepped in when she was parentless. who supported her. imagine if it wasn't! i am just profoundly annoyed that williams would write a book about one of the most self-centered, selfish and immature characters ever and then dare to camouflage that as being a strong, independent woman, who gets "rewarded", in the end (view spoiler)[with motherhood (because a baby magical solves everything when you're being an asshole to everyone around you) and a man who she did nothing but hurt (hide spoiler)] . penny is, ultimately, a character based on the type of people i try my hardest to stay away from. i was also really disappointed in how charlie's character was used in this book. they were a non-binary character that was introduced for the sake of representation. their character was just that. someone who was non-binary. period. there was nothing more to them. if that's what williams is going to do with a non-binary character, then it's better to not do anything at all, in my opinion. it was just so.. reductive. and just so it doens't go unmentioned: the lizzo references? i cringed. lastly, i just wanted to say i didn't appreciate how it came across like williams was trying to teach me about technology. not that i think some people wouldn't appreciate help, as i'm a bit technologically challenged myself but, let's just say that, if i need help with my phone or an app, i'm not looking for it in a romance novel. and if you think i'm being too harsh, please consider this quote: she simultaneously fished her phone out of her apron, pulling up whatsapp to send a voice note to her sister clementine. she held down the record button and slide it up so that it locked, meaning she could talk at length without needing to keep her finger pressed down. or this one: she went to contacts and hit 'i' by cristian's name, scrolling down to block his number. honestly, no wonder this took me so long to finish.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sónia

    I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To be frank, this was nothing like I expected. The story starts light-hearted and fun but then it takes a weird turn. There were so much unnecessary conflict and misunderstandings, which I’m not a fan of. The MC was annoying at times, especially when she didn’t communicate with her partners how she felt and went with the flow until shit hit the fan. I think she should have been truthful with all three men. I I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To be frank, this was nothing like I expected. The story starts light-hearted and fun but then it takes a weird turn. There were so much unnecessary conflict and misunderstandings, which I’m not a fan of. The MC was annoying at times, especially when she didn’t communicate with her partners how she felt and went with the flow until shit hit the fan. I think she should have been truthful with all three men. I also think one of them was outright rude and an ass and the other started catching feelings for Penny and felt somewhat entitled to have them reciprocated. The narrator was a delight and made the experience better than it would have been otherwise. Sadly, this one was a let down. It was a very quick and easy read tho so if you don’t mind miscommunication, you might want to give it a read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    I'm not usually one for love triangles, let alone a love square so I didn't have my hopes up too high. It's a lighter read when you're not in the mood for anything dark but it also touches on some important topics such as losing parents, cancer, and infertility. Penny wasn't very likable unfortunately. I did admire how strong she was given that she's a business owner and had went through some hardships. What ruined it for me was that she kept talking about how independent she was yet she complai I'm not usually one for love triangles, let alone a love square so I didn't have my hopes up too high. It's a lighter read when you're not in the mood for anything dark but it also touches on some important topics such as losing parents, cancer, and infertility. Penny wasn't very likable unfortunately. I did admire how strong she was given that she's a business owner and had went through some hardships. What ruined it for me was that she kept talking about how independent she was yet she complained about being single and how no one would love her or be with her for far too long and it got on my nerves.. Then she just got a little bit more annoying as the love interests were introduced. This had some potential and definitely would have been better if Penny was different. I wasn't really a fan of any of the love interests either. I also do think this dragged on a bit too long, it should've been shorter rather than 400 pages or in this case, the audiobook. The narrator did a good job though and was easy to listen to. Also the Lizzo appearance was sO weird?? Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for the copy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    An entertaining and enjoyable quick little read. I was expecting this to be more of a fun light hearted story filled with laughs. The book was much more emotional and dealt with more serious subject matter than I was anticipating. Once I readjusted my expectations I really enjoyed the story. Penny is looking for love in all the wrong places, that is until she’s not... do you know the saying, “when it rains it pours”, well that was Penny’s love life. Penny has a pretty good life even though she’ An entertaining and enjoyable quick little read. I was expecting this to be more of a fun light hearted story filled with laughs. The book was much more emotional and dealt with more serious subject matter than I was anticipating. Once I readjusted my expectations I really enjoyed the story. Penny is looking for love in all the wrong places, that is until she’s not... do you know the saying, “when it rains it pours”, well that was Penny’s love life. Penny has a pretty good life even though she’s dealt with some tragedy including fighting cancer and the death of her parents. She is now the proud owner of her own café, and that’s when her path crosses with Francesco. Francesco is kind, supportive, and handsome and things get pretty cozy between Penny and he. That is until penny is summoned Home to run the family pub after her uncle who raised her falls ill. Penny ends things with Francesco because she does not want a long distance relationship. When Penny is working at the family pub she meets two other men that fancy her. So when Francesco and her finally reconnect Penny is all kinds of confused. Penny was a likable character, however I was frustrated with her indecision. All three men were good guys in their own way, but I had my favorite to be sure. But I have to admit I probably would have liked the story more if it just dealt with one man and that was it. I think these additional men just made the book a little too messy for me. The secondary characters were fabulous in this book, I loved Penny’s BFF and her family. There was also a lot of diversity in the story, something I don’t see as much in books set in the UK as in the US. The audiobook was narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher Who did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life. This book in emojis 👩🏻‍🍳 ☕️ 🍬 📱 🍺 👨🏻‍🍳 *** Big thank you to Harper Audio UK for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen Power

    After having devoured Our Stop and falling in love with Laura Jane Williams’ characters, humour, and writing style, I had high hopes for this novel. But this one is nothing like Our Stop, and I think that’s what made me have a hard time with it. It’s much more heartfelt and serious, with very little humour.  Penny is an old soul, and I say that because while reading the first few chapters, I was sure she was an older woman. When it was revealed that she’s only thirty, I was shocked.  I think After having devoured Our Stop and falling in love with Laura Jane Williams’ characters, humour, and writing style, I had high hopes for this novel. But this one is nothing like Our Stop, and I think that’s what made me have a hard time with it. It’s much more heartfelt and serious, with very little humour.  Penny is an old soul, and I say that because while reading the first few chapters, I was sure she was an older woman. When it was revealed that she’s only thirty, I was shocked.  I think it’s a combination of her irritability, her having given up on finding love, the success she’s already found in her career, and her general outlook on life.  I have to say that I wasn’t a fan of Penny’s. She’s indecisive, which I can accept, since that’s honestly a critical aspect of the plot of the book. (If she wasn’t indecisive, she would be able to pick her man right away!)  But one part that really got to me was her jealousy. Can she honestly be upset that the men she’s with aren’t monogamous when she herself isn’t? That said, there was a little bit of slut shaming in this book that really upset me, and honestly made me dissatisfied with the man that she ends up choosing in the end.   The blurb for the novel is a little misleading, and she isn’t truly dating three guys at the same time.  While the book has feminist themes, I wanted her to genuinely date these three men for the majority of the book, but she only starts to date the third man around the 60% mark. Based on my experience reading Our Stop , I had assumed that there would be humorous scenes where she bumps into one man while on a date with another, and other romantic comedy situations, but this book only has one or two of these, and the tone was all off. I felt more of a sense of dread than being overwhelmed with the giggles like I was during awkward scenes in her previous book.   I know I shouldn’t be so critical, but when the blurb tells you that you will be laughing and crying while reading a “feel good book” I expect to laugh and “feel good” while reading it. Oh well. I’ll still check out the author’s next book, and I hope that she’ll return to the romantic comedy genre.   I recommend this book to those looking for a heartfelt novel about a woman trying to figure out her identity. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc to review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2020 Reading Challenge

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    When I received Love Square via Netgalley from HarperCollins (thank you, as always), I was super excited. I’ve read a couple of thrillers in a row and thought a bit of chicklit would be a nice relaxing and fun change. I’ve read great things about Williams’s first book, Our Stop, so it would be a good quality chicklit read, I assumed. But my enthusiasm waned soon enough… Seriously, nothing happened for the first half of the book. Okay, stuff happened but it was boring, boring, boring. Penny has a When I received Love Square via Netgalley from HarperCollins (thank you, as always), I was super excited. I’ve read a couple of thrillers in a row and thought a bit of chicklit would be a nice relaxing and fun change. I’ve read great things about Williams’s first book, Our Stop, so it would be a good quality chicklit read, I assumed. But my enthusiasm waned soon enough… Seriously, nothing happened for the first half of the book. Okay, stuff happened but it was boring, boring, boring. Penny has a boring meet-cute with Francesco and we get every word of their boring dates (hint for writers: recapping the routine convo your leads have is okay - I do not need to read boring word for word transcripts - just cut to the chase), they flirt boringly, they kiss boringly, they have boring sex (literally, this is a plot point) and then Penny has to go up north and she doesn’t want a long distance relationship (I googled it and it’s probably around a 3 hour drive away at the most - every Australian rolls their eyes at the ‘distance’) and they break up and she meets other boring men. Penny has had breast cancer and is in remission. I’ve been searching for a decent post breast cancer sex scene in a book for a long time. I’ll need to keep waiting. Williams presented the cancer storyline without any consideration of the ‘show not tell’ style of writing. Penny just basically gave Francesco (and us) an info dump early on. Love Square reminded me of another couple of books I’ve read where the writer has obviously had good intentions by adding a medical issue to raise awareness but fail to make it work. In those other books, and this one, it was a case of poor execution. Here it became like a textbook list of symptoms and side effects without any sense of timing for any of the reveals to make anything heartfelt. Even though Penny has a plethora of men, she has no chemistry with any of them. Nor did she deliver any humorous lines (stuff I think was supposed to be funny really wasn’t). Diversity is also poorly executed. Every supporting character ticks off something from the ‘Diversity in Books 101’ list. Except, of course, for Penny. I felt like Williams wanted to have her cake and eat it too. If she really wanted to make a difference, why not just make Penny the diverse character! Or at least give one of the diverse characters some point. Williams actually had other checklists besides the diversity one to tick off. There was also the Modern Technology in Chicklit one (dating apps and texts and podcasts and inability to answer a real phone call), the Required Occupation in Chicklit one (owner of a coffee shop/qualified chef, just don't expect mouth watering food porn - apparently having one of the characters calling out ‘chef’ now and then covered all bases), and the Pop Culture References in Contemporary Chicklit one (why did they have to spoil Frank Ocean’s music for me). I’ve also got to mention all the weird head hopping Williams indulges in. For example, it’s Penny, Penny, Penny and then - bam - Francesco for one or two lines before we rush back to Penny. It made my head ache. No, I did not finish the book. I began to skim more and more and it seemed pointless. I didn’t care about the outcome. (I’ve now found some spoilers and I can’t quite believe I wasted my time on reading as much as I did.) Disappointing with a capital D but I have a zillion other books to read so, thank you, next. 1 out of 5

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the eARC! The Love Square is honest and emotional read with lovable characters and a satisfying conclusion. It highlights the importance of finding yourself, and discovering what will make you truly happy. The book started off strong. It was engaging and funny, I liked the characters and it felt mature and relevant. But as the plot went on it started to lose me. I think part of that is because I expected the book to have the same levity to Our S Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the eARC! The Love Square is honest and emotional read with lovable characters and a satisfying conclusion. It highlights the importance of finding yourself, and discovering what will make you truly happy. The book started off strong. It was engaging and funny, I liked the characters and it felt mature and relevant. But as the plot went on it started to lose me. I think part of that is because I expected the book to have the same levity to Our Stop. And while it did have some sunnier moments, it was much more of an emotional story as opposed to a fun romantic comedy. The story follows Penny Bridge, a café owner in London who temporarily moves to Derbyshire to run her uncle’s pub in Derbyshire. I loved Penny. She’s a business owner but also a family-orientated, strong-willed and courageous woman. We also listen to the same podcasts so I was instantly a fan. Although she considers herself unlucky in love, Penny soon finds herself at the centre of affections from three men: Francisco, Thomas and Priyesh. One thing I realised early on in the book was that I didn’t particularly care who Penny ended up with. I wasn’t keen on any of the men, and I found their individual arcs to be unimpressive. Romantic chemistry was seriously lacking between the three and Penny. I was more interested in her infertility struggle and journey to IVF than who she actually fell in love with. The Love Square didn’t read like a romance despite its title, which was disappointing. The main character is a cancer survivor, and I really liked how the author highlighted the struggles that come after treatment. The character points out how anyone going through treatment is desperate for it to be over, but no one really talks about what happens when it’s actually over. And as someone who has not been through that kind of traumatic experience, it was interesting to learn how someone who is cancer-free feels after their victorious battle. It doesn’t all just go back to normal, and I really wished this was explored a bit more in the book. Laura Jane Williams is brilliant at writing conversation. The dialogue in The Love Square, much like Our Stop, is appealing and charming. As a reader, you thoroughly get to know the characters through their speech. The personalities of each of the characters really shines, especially through the way they interact with one another. I found it really easy to distinguish the difference between Penny’s love interests, her family and her friends. When I first started reading, my imagination was as active as the plot. But sadly, I felt like the book slowed in the middle and I had to push myself to keep reading. A lot of the time I felt like I was turning pages but the story wasn’t moving forward. There was a huge urge to skip chapters because I kept waiting for something to happen, which is a shame because the premise really excited me. I had the same issues with this book I had with Our Stop. While it’s well-written, it still feels like a giant BuzzFeed article. The jokes didn’t make me laugh, the celebrity name dropping was irritating and it made a book with heavy topics feel surface level. Overall, The Love Square was okay. I adored it in the beginning, but as the story developed I lost interest in the original concept. By the end, I was only focused on Penny’s stability rather than her love story. For more book reviews and posts, check out my blog or follow along on Instagram 📚✨

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    This was an okay read. It was quite a lot more serious than I expected. I had an impression that this would be a fun and quick read, but it has it's layers, and they're pulled off in an okay manner. I don't know what it was about this book that didn't wow me, since theoretically this is exactly what I enjoy. Maybe it's cause I went in with expectations. Maybe it was that the books feels only half baked. But I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I hated the main character. With everything This was an okay read. It was quite a lot more serious than I expected. I had an impression that this would be a fun and quick read, but it has it's layers, and they're pulled off in an okay manner. I don't know what it was about this book that didn't wow me, since theoretically this is exactly what I enjoy. Maybe it's cause I went in with expectations. Maybe it was that the books feels only half baked. But I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I hated the main character. With everything going on in her life, she still came out as someone I couldn't sympathize with. I wasn't looking for a likeable character (even though it's chick lit, and that's what we always get with chick lit), but I was looking for someone I could understand and feel for. I didn't get that. This book could've been so much more than it is. But I did enjoy some of the themes in it, which saved me from DNFing it. *Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. *Rating: 3/5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed this romantic realistic story about Penny, a cafe owner in London who has a whirlwind romance but before she can go farther her Uncle gets sick and she is asked to help run his Pub out in the countryside, where she grew up. They decide to remain friends. In the countryside, she ends up dating another guy from her former school which was very casual and he left for an extended work trip. Then she ended up dating an older wine merchant for a while. Her London friend asks if she needs a fr I enjoyed this romantic realistic story about Penny, a cafe owner in London who has a whirlwind romance but before she can go farther her Uncle gets sick and she is asked to help run his Pub out in the countryside, where she grew up. They decide to remain friends. In the countryside, she ends up dating another guy from her former school which was very casual and he left for an extended work trip. Then she ended up dating an older wine merchant for a while. Her London friend asks if she needs a friend. Then all of a sudden all 3 of them are in the same place and she is dating them, which to be fair she was single and being casual. And honestly it would be ok if a guy was doing this i.e. Bachelor, Bachelorette shows. But two of them might have wanted a more serious relationship. So she has to take a step back and think about what she really wants in life. Which is a great question, some of us are on auto-pilot doing the societal norms, trying to get any attention but are we doing what is really in our hearts? Are we picking the right person for our hearts, our lives, our passions in lives or are we settling for the only person who is interested? As a cancer survivor Penny had been trying to figure out timing with doing surrogacy with her sister who offered. She had frozen and fertilized her embryos at her doctors recommendation since she really wanted to be a mother. But this was something she put on hold for relationships seeing if they would be compatible. I liked how she took a step back and made choices for herself and then the romance with the one of the 3 at the end was very sweet. There were a lot of mistakes, misunderstandings, hard choices, sweet moments, steamy moments. They were harsh with each other, they ignored each other, but they came back to each other because they were who they wanted to be with. It is a lovely realistic hard love story. Definitely the tragic lifecycle of dating is represented. I could never date more than 1 person at a time in my dating days cause I would end up at the same place at the same time. That reminds me of a mortifying moment that happened right before I fell asleep - I wonder what happened between the two guys that tried to hold me hand but they ended up touching each other's hands. hmmm.  Rating:  Thank you Net Galley and Avon books for the arc for my honest and voluntary review. 

  19. 4 out of 5

    catherine ♡

    *Thank you to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 2 There was a lot of potential in this, but at the end of the day it turned out to be little more than a chick lit. This story follows Penny Bridge, cancer survivor who desperately wants to have kids but can't. To add insult to injury, she's never been lucky in love anyways — until she runs into Francesco, a chef. But everything falls apart, and before she knows it, Penny is living a new life and meeting two *Thank you to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 2 There was a lot of potential in this, but at the end of the day it turned out to be little more than a chick lit. This story follows Penny Bridge, cancer survivor who desperately wants to have kids but can't. To add insult to injury, she's never been lucky in love anyways — until she runs into Francesco, a chef. But everything falls apart, and before she knows it, Penny is living a new life and meeting two new men... That's essentially the blurb of the story. It's marketed as a "love square," with Penny dealing with 3 other guys who all like her. Now, what are the good markings of a love square/triangle?It's one where you feel like multiple love interests actually have a shot; they need to all be interesting, unique characters, who have different but still intriguing interactions with the main character. I didn't see those elements in this story at all; the entire time, there was pretty much only one love interest that had a shot, and I didn't care for that character. And so, I feel like love square really shouldn't have been the main selling point of this story, because there were other themes that could've been explored more. Instead of having other love interests that were only there just to be annoying, I would've liked it more if the story focused on Penny's infertility, and on her personal growth — without tying it to her need to be in a relationship. There was so much focus on who she was sleeping with there was honestly very little room for us to see who she was on her own. The writing style was okay — nothing makes it stand out from other contemporary romance novels, but if you want something that that's a light, no-thoughts read, this would be good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    Light and nice read. Penny is a chef and owns a café in London. She loves her work and one could say she has her life kind of sorted out, but it's far from that... Besides all the love she gets from her sister, her uncle, and friends, she still feels unloved. The reason: men. It seems like she can't find the right one. After her former boyfriend broke up with her, she's been dating, but without finding someone who would like a serious relationship. Therefore, she can't help wondering if there's s Light and nice read. Penny is a chef and owns a café in London. She loves her work and one could say she has her life kind of sorted out, but it's far from that... Besides all the love she gets from her sister, her uncle, and friends, she still feels unloved. The reason: men. It seems like she can't find the right one. After her former boyfriend broke up with her, she's been dating, but without finding someone who would like a serious relationship. Therefore, she can't help wondering if there's something wrong with her, until Francesco appears. He seems so perfect... and she feels truly loved. Unfortunately, she must go to her childhood village, to be in charge of her uncle's restaurant, and she doesn't dare to ask Francesco to go with her. Penny's life has changed drastically in very little time. After all those years of feeling unliked by men, now she needs more free time to spend it with the ones who find her quite interesting and try to know her better. So now Penny is not in a "love triangle", but a "love square", as her friend and workmate says to her. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for myhonest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    rebecca

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for a fair review This was quite enjoyable for the first third, less so in the second third and not good at all in the last third. The author puts effort into making their main character very modern and while she has insecurities, is also vocal about feminism and very self-respecting. That is then all forgotten to gain forgiveness from a man about something she shouldn't even be sorry about. (view spoiler)[Francesco basica Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for a fair review This was quite enjoyable for the first third, less so in the second third and not good at all in the last third. The author puts effort into making their main character very modern and while she has insecurities, is also vocal about feminism and very self-respecting. That is then all forgotten to gain forgiveness from a man about something she shouldn't even be sorry about. (view spoiler)[Francesco basically calls her a slut - and never atones for it. Penny even mentions that Francesco was seeing other people while saying he was in love with her, and was mad at her for doing the same thing???? It never comes up again. Francesco, mind you, with the waitress, and two women in town, was seeing more people than Penny. His hypocrisy is not depicted as hypocrisy. He's possessive, but its hand waved away. Its a wonder they took the guy in the first third I really liked and made him so unlikable without any acknowledgement whatsoever - apparently I was still meant to be rooting for them. Overall, Francesco became much more self-pitying and their reunion was lacklustre and unemotional. (hide spoiler)] I found the inclusion of several real life people pretty odd and it jarred me out of the novel a couple times. The dialogue was also a bit too dull at times.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    3.5 Stars It’s not a failure to forgive somebody. It’s actually quite gracious. I loved Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams and this was just as cute...but had a bit more steamy scenes. This is a delightful, quirky book. I loved the fact that Penny was aware of her sexuality no matter the hard times she went through. I found her courageous and strong and she was someone who really knew what she wanted. I thought she was a likable person firmly grounded in family. What a wonderful read, t 3.5 Stars It’s not a failure to forgive somebody. It’s actually quite gracious. I loved Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams and this was just as cute...but had a bit more steamy scenes. This is a delightful, quirky book. I loved the fact that Penny was aware of her sexuality no matter the hard times she went through. I found her courageous and strong and she was someone who really knew what she wanted. I thought she was a likable person firmly grounded in family. What a wonderful read, thank you Ms. Williams for a fun book which made me laugh as well as feeling sad. Just lovely. Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Laura Jane Williams and Harper 360/Avon for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheLoveSquare #NetGalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After thoroughly enjoying Our Stop I was looking forward to Laura’s latest novel The Love Square, sadly I’m a more than a little disappointed. This had so much potential, it was incredibly refreshing to meet a single, thirtyish Londoner not just looking for the perfect fairy tale ending on Tinder. Penny’s history has been challenging from an absentee father, the death of her mother from cancer and her subsequent battle with cancer herself. The novel explores her search for love alongside her con After thoroughly enjoying Our Stop I was looking forward to Laura’s latest novel The Love Square, sadly I’m a more than a little disappointed. This had so much potential, it was incredibly refreshing to meet a single, thirtyish Londoner not just looking for the perfect fairy tale ending on Tinder. Penny’s history has been challenging from an absentee father, the death of her mother from cancer and her subsequent battle with cancer herself. The novel explores her search for love alongside her considerations as to whether she’s ready to harvest her frozen embryos through a surrogate to become a parent alone. I found Penny incredibly irritating and lacking in depth, whilst I know the facts of her life from the trauma and her love of food, the reader never fully understands Penny. It felt very much as though you saw a different Penny depending on which man, she was keeping company with. The title alone gives away that Penny has three love interests in the book and as a reader you’d usually find yourself rooting for one of them *thinks Hunger Games love triangle* but with this novel I didn’t care. I The introductions of Francesco, Thomas and Paresh felt so rushed that again the characters lacked dimension. Spoiler alert but I found Thomas professing his love incredibly unrealistic given the views of his character we’d been shared previously. I agree with other readers about Charlie’s character, the lack of exploration of them left me as a reading feeling as though the inclusion of non-binary character was purely tick box. I think this book could have been executed better had time been taking in the first few chapters to fully introduce Penny before any of the men were involved. I also think having three love interests was too ambitious to allow the reader to be on the journey. All in in all it felt rushed to include what could have been incredibly emotive topics in a plot that had a lot of potential. Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rhian Eleri

    A nice feel good story that got me feeling quite lovey dovey inside. The relationship between Penny and her sister was my favorite thing about the story. The chosen one out of the 'love square' penny finds herself in, was not a surprise at all to me but this didn't take away from the enjoyment of it. Really well done and sometimes its nice to see things fall into place tidily. Lovely. A nice feel good story that got me feeling quite lovey dovey inside. The relationship between Penny and her sister was my favorite thing about the story. The chosen one out of the 'love square' penny finds herself in, was not a surprise at all to me but this didn't take away from the enjoyment of it. Really well done and sometimes its nice to see things fall into place tidily. Lovely.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nora ElHariri

    To anyone looking in on Penny's life from the outside, they'd think that she had the perfect life. She is a young, talented chef who runs her own cafe in London. But to Penny, her life is far from perfect. Her life lacks the fulfillment she needs, she wants to start a family. This is a constant thing she had wanted when she decided to freeze her eggs once she knew she would not be able to have babies 'the conventional way' when she was battling cancer. Penny believes that once she finds a partne To anyone looking in on Penny's life from the outside, they'd think that she had the perfect life. She is a young, talented chef who runs her own cafe in London. But to Penny, her life is far from perfect. Her life lacks the fulfillment she needs, she wants to start a family. This is a constant thing she had wanted when she decided to freeze her eggs once she knew she would not be able to have babies 'the conventional way' when she was battling cancer. Penny believes that once she finds a partner she can share her life with and start a family with, she will finally be happy. So Penny goes on dates, but instead of finding love, she is left insecure about her body and personality. Luckily for Penny, its the 21st century and she doesn't need a man to start a family and be happy. So maybe she can do this on her own? Cue Francesco, a handsome Chef in London who meets Penny and completely hits it off with her. So Penny thinks maybe she should put off her baby plans for a little bit, to see how it works out with him. But her time with Francesco is cut short when Penny has to move to Derbyshire to help her Uncle manage his restaurant. Once in Derbyshire, Penny is blue and misses her cafe and friends, and above all Francesco. Then she meets Thomas, a celebrity manager who shows her a new side of Derbyshire, and then Priyesh who is her Uncle's age and unlike any other man she's ever dated. Without realizing it, Penny finds herself in a love square with 3 men. Even if you haven't experienced life in London, or dating a bunch of guys at the same time, The Love Square and Penny's life is still very relatable. Penny discusses feeling like a "bad feminist" for wanting certain things in life. "Bloody hell, I feel like a bad feminist for wanting a bloody kid in the first place, and now I feel like a bad feminist for waiting." This novel is a journey into a modern woman's life, who is just trying to figure out what she wants. I especially liked The love Square because of Penny's character development throughout it. She is far from perfect, but she does her best, and don't we all? *I received this ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this ARC. I really enjoyed it!! This book is about a girl named Penny. She is a chef in London. Her uncle David is like a father to her and he's constantly pressuring her to move out to the country and help him run his pub, but she has no desire to do so. She is a cancer survivor, a 30-something single, and a chef-- but she's not sure how to make all of those roles and hats fit her. She meets a guy named Francesco at t 4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this ARC. I really enjoyed it!! This book is about a girl named Penny. She is a chef in London. Her uncle David is like a father to her and he's constantly pressuring her to move out to the country and help him run his pub, but she has no desire to do so. She is a cancer survivor, a 30-something single, and a chef-- but she's not sure how to make all of those roles and hats fit her. She meets a guy named Francesco at the restaurant one day and they have an instant connection. It wasn't instalove, but definitely insta-interest. However, something happens that makes it so she has to leave town for a year and instead of being vulnerable and asking him to come with her, she breaks it off. While she's in the country for a year, she meets 2 other guys, then Francesco comes back and so she finds herself in a love square. The premise of this sounded like something that could either go really wrong or really right depending on how you feel about the main character and I loved it. She has been through a lot and I really felt like she was just trying to find her way. She intentionally picked guys that were known to be temporary and she was pretty up front with them. She also wasn't hot and heavy with anyone so it wasn't a book full of smut. I love the relationship between her and her uncle as well as her and her sister. I thought the infertility story line was good because it felt very true to life. It was pretty obvious throughout which guy was "the one", but that didn't bother me. I really liked this book overall! SPOILERS AHEAD: Her uncle has his 2nd heart attack and can't work so she goes for a year to run his pub. She turns it around and gets it back in the black and then in a year she decides she wants to go back to London and the uncle realizes its time to sell. He stops pressuring her and they're both at peace with the decision. Her sister is a lesbian and she and her partner don't want any kids so she agrees to be a surrogate for Penny. She had frozen some eggs with donor sperm so they implant it into her sister and in the very end she has a baby girl. She and Francesco get married and he's the daddy and they all live happily ever after.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Princessofbookaholics

    I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Penny has been unlucky in love. Just when she is about to give up on men, she meets a guy. Then another and another. Soon she's trapped in a love square with three guys and her in the middle. This book had a great start. 40% of the book reads like a typical rom-com which was a great read. After that when a total of three guys are in the picture (around the 60% mark) it was just getting a little annoying. Things I liked : - Penny's I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Penny has been unlucky in love. Just when she is about to give up on men, she meets a guy. Then another and another. Soon she's trapped in a love square with three guys and her in the middle. This book had a great start. 40% of the book reads like a typical rom-com which was a great read. After that when a total of three guys are in the picture (around the 60% mark) it was just getting a little annoying. Things I liked : - Penny's time with Francesco and how they became good friends - Her restaurant called Bridges and how she loved to work there and all the descriptions about the food - Her struggle with cancer and how she's a cancer survivor - Her supportive sister, Clementine - Her friendship with her non-binary friend Charlie - Learning about non monogamy because I had no idea (almost sounded like aromantic) Things I didn't like : - I know it's in the description of the book but flirting with three guys at once was getting a little annoying - Her Uncle nagging her multiple times to take over his pub when she clearly wants to work in Bridges, her own restaurant - Going on a date with the third guy when she didn't even like him. It almost felt forced. Favorite quote : She'd rather have a close-knit group who knew her completely than a huge group of acquaintances who knew her hardly at all. I loved Our Stop by the author so I thought I'd love this as much. Overall, The Love Square was a good read. It's in the title for what to expect from the book. I was happy with who she ended up with in the end though. Rating : 3.5/5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Merrill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just ADORE Laura's books. Our Stop was a favourite last year and this one *might* have stolen my heart even more. This story had personal growth, vulnerability and love by the bucketload. Penny was such a likeable protagonist and I rooted for her the whole way through. This book's insights into topics such as breast cancer and surrogacy were beautifully written and brought me to tears, and her relationship with Clementine was the star of the show for me (close sister relationships? Gimme). At I just ADORE Laura's books. Our Stop was a favourite last year and this one *might* have stolen my heart even more. This story had personal growth, vulnerability and love by the bucketload. Penny was such a likeable protagonist and I rooted for her the whole way through. This book's insights into topics such as breast cancer and surrogacy were beautifully written and brought me to tears, and her relationship with Clementine was the star of the show for me (close sister relationships? Gimme). At the surface this might seem like a romantic love story, and although it does explore that, it's depth when discussing familial and platonic love stories boosted it even higher.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Quinn

    I was kindly #gifted this book by @tandemcollectiveuk @harpercollinsuk in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book. The characters were all very likeable and some of them gave me real laugh out loud moments. I found Penny extremely relatable and her character really made me root for her. I was definitely firmly in the camp for one of these choices and that’s all I’m saying. This is my perfect type of read especially in Summer time and I’m so glad I read it. If you are looking I was kindly #gifted this book by @tandemcollectiveuk @harpercollinsuk in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book. The characters were all very likeable and some of them gave me real laugh out loud moments. I found Penny extremely relatable and her character really made me root for her. I was definitely firmly in the camp for one of these choices and that’s all I’m saying. This is my perfect type of read especially in Summer time and I’m so glad I read it. If you are looking for a funny, uplifting read choose this one. This book is on offer currently on Amazon and I think you should all buy it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Annett

    Such a heartwarming book and the most perfect ending. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a book to make you smile.

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