Book Review “A Midwinter Match” by Jane Lovering


A Midwinter Match

Ruby Oldbridge needs to learn to take her own advice.

A brilliant counsellor at work in York, she is however floundering in her own life. Her romantic track record is woeful, her finances are in a pickle, and she’s back in a house-share after splitting up with her useless ex.

Happy-go-lucky, Mr Positivity, Zac Drewe also loves his job – the trouble is, it’s the same as Ruby’s, and the management have decided to ‘rationalise’ their department. There’s only room for one of them.

As the snow and winter close in on York, Ruby and Zac have everything to lose, and Ruby starts to wonder if the happy face Zac shows the world, might be disguising a sadder secret.

But one thing Ruby is brilliant at, is helping other people find a way through their problems, and she excels at the job she loves, doing just that.

Set against one another, they are unlikely friends. But perhaps, if they could take the time to understand each other, they might discover that rather than rivals, they could be the best thing that ever happened to one another…


4 stars

A Midwinter Match is a glorious read that starts out with the two protagonists, Ruby and Zac seemingly set to hate each other whilst they fight for the same job. A company merger forces them to work together and they certainly do not get off to a good start. Ruby lets her anxiety, which stems from her previous, horrendous break up get the better of her. She judges Zac by his handsome appearance, he seems a bit arrogant to her and she decides immediately that she doesn’t like him or his style of counselling. Zac comes across as somewhat stand offish yet whenever Ruby finds herself in need of help he is always there to offer her a helping hand.

I enjoyed how the relationship between Ruby and Zac grows and changes slowly throughout the book, as the reader you really urge them to see the good in each other. Topics touched upon like anxiety, dementia and loss are dealt with sympathetically and gives a view into how hard and at times heart-breaking these issues can be. These topics are dealt with in a sensitive manner that serves to bring you closer to each character.

Each of the main characters back stories are revealed gradually yet in a timely manner that only makes Ruby and Zac more likeable. The readers empathy slowly builds along with the plotline which definitely works well throughout the book.

I would highly recommend A Midwinter Match to anyone who enjoys a romantic slow build with plenty of hiccups along the way. Jane Lovering is a new author to me but she now has a new fan.

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Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.  Her first title for Boldwood will be published in September 2020.

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