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Love, Masks, and Social Distancing

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Worth reading 😎

A sweet, relatable story that involves a lot of self-discovery, involves a cute romance and makes for a lovely rainy day read.

The narrator is Sam Duffy, who, as you have read from the description, is newly single, homeless, broke, and jobless. You could say that this book is a sort-of ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary in the time of the Coronavirus’. Sam’s struggles are pretty much the same and there’s a diary involved. Add in some mental health issues and the Coronavirus and you’ve got yourself Bridget Jones 2020.


The most important part of the book is its emphasis on mental health. Mind you, this is NOT explicitly a story about mental health. Mental health is only a small part of it. Sam’s breakdown in her office leads to her going to a psychiatrist who asks her to document her days. And that’s how most of the book is presented; through a series of diary entries. And that’s what I found interesting.


You can see Sam’s progress throughout the book. The little victories that she achieves and getting herself together make you applaud her efforts. You can sense the joy in her life as you read through the passages in her diary. She begins appreciating things more and there’s less negativity in her inner voice. It was absolutely great to see the lists in Sam’s diary entries, which is something that many people actually do to keep their mental health in check (including me). That’s what made me add the extra star to this review.


Of course, the book also talks about Sam’s romantic life, her new workplace, her family, her social life, and plenty of other things including the coronavirus (something truly relatable during this time). And they are enjoyable as well.


The only thing that could use a change is the use of different fonts and page structures to represent the different types of conversation (emails, text messages, diary entries). It breaks the narrative, but just a wee bit. The structure of the book could be spruced up to make the story look more consistent. Adding chapter numbers would be good too; instead of having the reader understand that a change in the font is the start of a new chapter (or is it?). However, these aren’t really deal-breakers, and the book still holds strong.


Love, Masks, and Social Distancing is an enjoyable read. If you want a light book to curl up with, this could be the one.


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About the author

Caroline Carter is a first time author, living in the UK. view profile

Published on November 08, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Romance

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