#aww2020 · 2020 Reviews · contemporary fiction · women's fiction

#Book Bingo 2020 Round 10: ‘Set in a place you dream of visiting’- Lovestruck by Bronwyn Sell

Book Bingo 2020 is a collaboration challenge I am completing for the third year with my favourite bloggers, Theresa Smith Writes and The Book Muse. On the second Saturday of each month, beginning on Saturday 11th January 2020, Theresa, Ashleigh and I will complete a book review post, outlining our respective bingo card entries. The Book Bingo 2020 card contains a total of 12 squares, which we will complete over the course of the year, with the aim to complete the whole card by December. To keep things interesting for ourselves and those following along with us, the choice of bingo square to be covered will be entirely down to us, there is no crossover – that is planned anyway! We invite you to join us in this fun book related challenge, by linking your bingo card entries in the comments section of this post, tagging us on social media, posting in Page by Page Book Club with Theresa Smith Writes  or by visiting our blogs The Book Muse and Theresa Smith Writes.


A clever, heartfelt romantic comedy about a charming family who live in the most romantic place on earth but can’t catch a break when it comes to love. For fans of Marian Keyes, Star-Crossed and Offspring.

When a romantically challenged family gather at their Whitsundays resort for their first wedding in decades, Amy ‘stuck in the friend zone’ Lowery realises that her single tango-dancing mum and besotted groom-to-be dad have hotter love lives than she does.

But when she locks eyes with an alluring stranger, The Pull in her chest is undeniable. And the look in Josh Brennan’s eyes definitely says ‘more than friends’ – but not in the way she hopes.

Loner Josh is ecstatic to meet his witty stepsister-to-be and stoked that the union of their two dads comes with the lively (if chaotic) family he’s always wanted. No way will he admit to an inconvenient attraction to his insta-sister – not even to himself.

Elsewhere on the island, resident nice guy Harry is absolutely not going to fall for smart and sexy jilted bride Sophia, who is locked in the honeymoon villa trying to kickstart Operation Get Your Life Together. But a harmless flirtation never hurt anyone – right?

Throw in some sharp-witted siblings, a bevy of naval officers and a meddlesome gran determined to see at least one of her descendants happily wed, and the scene is set for a perfect storm that will leave no heart unscathed…

Review:

‘And the surroundings were worth shutting up for – the gentle rush of the tide, their footsteps patting on boardwalks and then crunching on river-stone paths, curlews wailing from the beach, glossy broad green leaves and showy flowers up-lit in the gardens, the scent of earth and plants… the BEWARE FALLING COCONOUTS signs nailed to the palm trunks.’

Love Struck is a light, sassy, entertaining and escapist style contemorary fiction tale penned by travel writer Brownyn Sell. A story that looks at love, relationships and family relations set to a tropical backdrop, Love Struck offers an appealing haven for romance readers.

A Whitsundays resort acts as the beautiful stage for the much anticipated wedding for a family that has struggled in love department. Following the trials and tribulations of Amy, Josh, Harry, Sophia and an outer extended fold, Love Struck looks at the rocky road to true love. From second chance love, to instant love and friends to lovers style relationships, Love Struck looks at the different pathways to love. With plenty of family squabbles to contend with, matchmaking, flirtations, unconventional unions, jilted brides and more, this exclusive Whitsundays resort sure is a busy place, especially in the love stakes!

I was immediately attracted to Love Struck thanks to the stunning tropical cover. The warmth this cover exudes seemed to call out to me. With some cold mornings and nights here in Western Australia, I was keen to escape into this contemporary fiction novel. With a good serving of romance and plenty of destination flavour,  I was happy to surrender myself to Bronwyn Sell’s latest book.

This is not my first experience of New Zealand author Bronwyn Sell’s work. Sell has also released books under the name Brynn Kelly and I have read at least one Bryn Kelly romantic suspense novel.  Sell has a background in journalism and travel writing, which she has drawn on to pen this latest holiday escape style read. This novel’s strengths can be found in the beautiful descriptions of the tranquil location of the Whitsundays. I am positively itching to get there myself, but until travel restrictions are lifted I will just have to quell my desire with books such as Love Struck. I could envisage my deck chair, towel, book in hand and cocktail by the pool! Sell does an excellent job of convincing the reader to take a trip to this must see destination!

Onto the story at hand, Love Struck was quite a whopper. Length wise this one is over five hundred pages, which is big for a romance novel. I did wonder if Sell needed to divide this novel somehow and make turn it into a series or even a sequel. I really did feel the length, it tended to drag in places. Anyhow, Love Struck presents a large cast, with four central narrators relaying their woes in the love department. This is a full and involving novel, but I have to say unfortunately not one of the characters spoke to me. I am hoping other readers will find the cast more appealing and relatable, as I did struggle to make a meaningful connection.

In terms of the love angle, Lovestruck is full of issues in the romance department. From broken nuptials to upcoming unions, new love, friends and lovers style relations to name a few, this is a busy tale. There are also plenty of high and low moments that offer plenty to emotional romance readers. Sell offsets her romance with some witty moments, not laugh out loud style sequences, but more real life situations with comedic undertones. I thought this aspect of the novel worked well, I also enjoyed the Trip Advisor reviews that were spaced between the narrative blocks, as this added good entertainment value to the story at hand. In addition, the viewpoints of the four main characters are extended by the use of text conversations, which provided an extra insight into the lives of these figures in the search for lasting love.

Love Struck is a read I would recommend to those who would love a virtual getaway, or those who would like a heartwarming pick me up.

*** 3 stars

Lovestruck by Bronwyn Sell was published on 24th February 2020 by HQ Fiction – AU Press. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Lovestruck, Bronwyn Sell, visit here.

7 thoughts on “#Book Bingo 2020 Round 10: ‘Set in a place you dream of visiting’- Lovestruck by Bronwyn Sell

  1. Great review! Steven and I did some island hopping in the Whitsundays a few years ago, it was incredible. I wonder which island/coastal town the author chose for her setting in the Whitsundays. I would definitely like to give this whopper of a book a go but a book of that size it will have to be next year lol.

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    1. Thank you very much, a tough one as I didn’t quite enjoy or connect to it.

      I’m sorry this book has been and gone and I can’t for the life of me recall the exact locale. An unfortunate trait of too many books read in my head.

      Nice to hear you have been to this part of the world 🙂

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