Review: Love Songs for Sceptics

Posted 28th November 2019 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Love Songs for ScepticsLove Songs for Sceptics by Christina Pishiris
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 28th November 2019
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Pages: 330
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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When she was thirteen, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon, her best friend and the boy next door. Though they’ve been friends for over twenty years, she’s never found a way to tell him how she feels. Now Simon is returning to London, newly divorced and as devastatingly charming as ever.

Meanwhile, the music magazine that Zoë edits is facing closure unless she can secure the coup of the century and get an interview from notoriously elusive musician Marcie Tyler. But Marcie’s arrogant publicist Nick seems intent on hindering Zoë at every turn.

With her brother’s upcoming wedding meaning Zoë is also called upon to attend family gatherings, hen parties and dress fittings, will she ever manage to tell Simon how she really feels while securing the future of the magazine she loves?

With a smart, relatable central character and razor-sharp wit, Love Songs For Sceptics is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lucy Vine, with a dose of My Big Fat Greek Wedding thrown in for good measure!

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

Our main character is Zoe. Zoe has grown up loving music. She lived for the next edition of her favourite music magazine. She also loved when Patrick would come to visit her parents’ restaurant and she could get her fill of music. Now she’s the editor of Re:Sound and desperately needs a big interview to stop it from sinking. Zoe is a fun character. She is full of energy but is also spunky. She’s not going to let the magazine die. Not just for her but also for her staff.

Zoe has been in love with her best friend Simon since she was 13 and while it might seem like there’s a spark there I think the universe is doing it’s damnedest to show these two that actually they might not be right for each other. I wasn’t a huge fan of Simon. I didn’t like the way he treated Zoe. I thought he took her for granted.

I loved hearing all the greek traditions and I loved how Zoe’s sister in law embraced it all too. It was really interesting to hear all about it.

I loved the chapter headings in this book. I loved that the song titles were matched to the theme of the chapters.

This is a heartwarming story that is about love. Not just love between a couple but the love between friends, family and work colleagues. The love of music and how it can evoke feelings and memories with just one song.

Christina does an excellent job with this debut and I can’t wait to see her backlist grow.

About Christina Pishiris

Christina Pishiris was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents. She studied English at the University of Sussex and went on to become a journalist. When not writing her hobbies include compiling cheesy eighties playlists, coveting the neighbour’s cat, and writing protest letters to Guerlain after they discontinued her favourite perfume. LOVE SONGS FOR SCEPTICS is her first book.


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