Chick lit

A Midwinter Match by Jane Lovering

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Sometimes I can write a review based on the emotions I felt during my reading of a book, and at other times I must rely on the content itself. This is one of those latter times.
The story is a romantic book with the lead characters carrying some heavy emotional loads. They have an interesting job as well. Since I was unfamiliar with how unemployment works in the UK, I was intrigued by this aspect being tackled here.
After a disastrous breakup, Ruby now has problems at work too. She has been told that her job is in jeopardy until she can convince the people in the office of the necessity of her presence over that of a rival who did the same work.
What follows is a well-done sequence of events in terms of how the two get together and what happens after. The focus on mental health and its related prejudices was also a deep one. I just felt like it could have been a slightly shorter book because I felt bogged down by too many things happening to multiple people. The episodes with people cracking under pressure were explained in such a manner that it would be impossible to not feel empathy for them. I would still recommend it to readers of the genre who look for heavier undertones regarding the backstories.

I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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