Review: The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

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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.

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Source: NetGalley and Avon          Rating: 4/5 stars

If there were ever going to be a poster child for unlucky in love, Penny Bridge would be the girl chosen!  Relationship after relationship has fallen apart, often disastrously for Penny and she is just about ready to give up on love altogether.  Just as Penny has determined to call it quits, the perfect man walks into her small café and everything changes.

For three glorious weeks, Penny indulges in a love affair she has come to believe can go the distance.  Just as she is settling into her new romance, Penny is called away to her family restaurant that only she can run in her beloved uncle’s absence.  To be leaving behind her own little café and her newfound romance is devastating; to see her lover kissing another woman thirty seconds after she leaves, even more devastating.  This time, Penny is done and there will nothing but work for her in the future.

And then the universe started laughing . . . .

As Penny begins to settle into her uncle’s place in the restaurant’s kitchen, she discovers she can get through anything, even heartbreak.  With her head down and her priorities straight, Penny begins to overhaul the restaurant and its menu and the locals love what she’s doing.  Business is booming and Penny passionately believes she has no room for anything else in her life.  She will get through her designated time away from her true home and then swiftly return to her little café, stronger and wiser. 

First in through the door is the younger local who travels often for work and brings a no strings attached sense of freedom to Penny.  Next up is the older, more mature wine seller who intrigues Penny in a way no other man ever has.  Last but not least to the party is Penny’s ex, who can’t understand why Penny ghosted him.  In all her ridiculous naivete, Penny believes she can date the two newcomers and she and her ex can just go back to being friends.  Needless to say, the situation becomes incredibly complicated and though Penny enjoys the company of all three men, it simply isn’t reasonable or sane to try and maintain three relationships simultaneously.  Choosing isn’t going to be easy and before Penny can make her final decision, it all blows up in her face.

The Bottom Line:  I found The Love Square to be an easy breazy sort of read that is quite perfect for a rainy weekend.  There’s no mystery here, no great, just a woman trying to work through her life, her limits, and her grasp on love.  Truth be told, I found the men in Penny’s life to be more compelling than she, but I didn’t dislike Penny.  All the types of moments – sad, happy, laugh out loud, frustrating, and maddening – can all be found between the covers.  At its heart, this is as much about love as it is a book about self-discovery, facing some ugly truths, and owning what it is one wants and needs out of life.  While that all sounds like heavy reading, it really isn’t.

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