Title: Love in Lockdown
Author: Chloe James
Page Length: 384
Publication Date: Nov. 23, 2020
Publisher: Avon UK
Synopsis: 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.
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Love in Lockdown is a fun story that shows that love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely situations. Jack and Sophia, two people who have never met, offering comfort and support during stressful, unusual, and uncertain times. They meet while in lockdown, as Sophia lives in the apartment below Jack. They chat on their balconies, and though they can’t see each other, they develop a friendship, which slowly turns into something more. The story follows their budding romance while in lockdown and highlights the stories of their neighbors and friends as well.
The story alternates between Jack and Sophia’s points of view. I like this dual perspective. You really get to understand how each character feels about the pandemic, their situations, and their feelings for each other. Being stuck in quarantine affects people differently, and I thought the author showed that well.
The story includes strong messages about the strength of community and highlights all the different ways people support each other and connect during the pandemic. I love this aspect of the story. It’s so relevant and realistic and shows that there are ways to connect even when we can’t be physically with each other. The story also includes other realities of the pandemic – the toilet paper shortage, Zoom meetings, and Face time – that became part of our daily life.
I really enjoyed the romance between Jack and Sophia. Two people who might never have met if the pandemic hadn’t hit, Sophia and Jack care for each other, both physically and mentally, even though they can’t physically be together. Jack makes this box pulley so that they can share food and drinks, they talk and share their feelings, and they work together to help others. Their relationship is sweet and charming, and I liked that they became friends before it developed into more.
This is a story that captures the feelings of that first Covid lockdown. It’s timely and relatable and offers optimistic and hopeful messages that make you feel optimistic and inspired. Plus, it has a lovely romance and a great cast of side characters! I’m so thankful to have won this in the Love in Lockdown Giveaway hosted by Avon and Harper Collins Publishers!
- The romance, of course!
- The sense of community. I love how people banded together!
I think people who enjoy sweet contemporary romances that take place during the Covid pandemic will enjoy this read.