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Sophia is afraid lockdown will put her life on pause – just as she was she was going to put herself out there and meet someone. When the first clap for the keyworkers rings out around her courtyard, she’s moved to tears for all kinds of reasons.

Jack is used to living life to the fullest, and is going stir-crazy after just days isolating. Until that night he hears a woman crying from the balcony beneath his. He strikes up a conversation with the stranger and puts a smile back on her face.

Soon their balcony meetings are the highlight of Jack and Sophia’s days. But even as they grow closer together, they’re always kept apart.

Title : Love in Lockdown
Author : Chloe James
Format : eARC
Page Count : 384
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Avon UK
Release Date : November 23, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating  : ★ ★ .5

Micky’s 2.5 star review

I’m going to preface this whole review by stating that I’ve been seriously ill with COVID in the last month and I’ve read this during my still difficult, ongoing recovery. Thus, I’ve read this when I wasn’t really in the mood to be immersed in pandemic and lockdown topics.

Love in Lockdown was a gentle read, slow to steadily paced and lacking in a bit of excitement for me. The two main characters were in apartments above one another and both with health problems. Neither the character of Jack or Sophia really captured by attention fully and I found I had to push through to finish the book. What I really struggled with was the inevitable lack of meeting of the two MCs.

This was a story not just of the couple but of family and community. It did capture some of the early feeling of UK lockdown, the sense of togetherness and pulling together locally. However, some elements of the community storyline felt a little twee and sometimes cringey. Sophia herself also gave me those vibes a bit.

I would say this was not the read for me now but I also think it wouldn’t really be up my street generally. I do think it will appeal to some, maybe those not personally affected by pandemic tragedy.

Thank you to Avon UK for the early review copy.

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