Monday 7 December 2020

Book Review: Love in Lockdown by Chloe James

Love in Lockdown by Chloe James book cover

AD* | 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 of isolating. Until that night he hears a woman crying from the balcony beneath him. 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. 

Sweet and uplifting, Love in Lockdown is the perfect antidote to 2020. Full of hope - and, of course, romance - this book counteracts the worry and negativity we've all had to deal with during the last year. 

The two main characters are Jack and Sophia. They live in flats just metres apart yet until lockdown, they were complete strangers. As the streets cleared of people and everyone was stuck at home, Jack and Sophia struck up an unlikely friendship that developed over the course of the lockdown. Jack is shielding; Sophia and her flatmate are keyworkers, yet despite their different circumstances, it seems these two are destined to be together. 

From the weekly NHS clap to the rise of community spirit, this book encapsulates the best and worst of the lockdown experienced by so many people earlier this year. However, instead of focusing on loneliness, isolation and anxiety, Jack and Sophia are soon able to bring out the very best qualities in each other - and help their other neighbours along the way. 

Above all else, Love in Lockdown reminds us that there is light at the end of the tunnel and one day, we will get through the other side of this crisis. Heartwarming and all-too-familiar, this is an unorthodox love story for an unprecedented year. 2020 has certainly been memorable, but this story reminds us to look for the silver lining and keep hoping for a brighter future. It's a much-needed ray of sunshine and a thoroughly enjoyable feel-good story. 

Rating: 4 stars

Love in Lockdown is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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