A Year and a Day

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Well what can I say. This book is everything I expected and more. Once again Isabelle Broom has written a cracker.

The Blurb ( Courtesy of Amazon )

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .
For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault.
For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past.

My Views

This book is stunning. Simply stunning. Isabelle’s debut novel My Map of You was set in Greece and this beauty is set in Prague. It follows three women from very different walks of life with very different circumstances. All have come to Prague to better themselves or try to find themselves. Megan, a keen photographer spends her time there taking pictures and fighting her feelings against Ollie.

Hope who has left her husband, lost her daughter and forcing herself to be with Charlie as she feels this is the right thing to do. She has spent so many years pleasing other people that she has forgotten how to please herself.

Then there is Sophie. Clearly a damaged and fragile young woman. She lives solely for her fiancée Robin. What has brought her to Prague and can these other woman help her in her time of need.

This book is beautifully written. I love the fact that it is so down to earth that the characters could easily be your friends. The descriptions of Prague are an accurate portrayal of a stunning gothic city. There are a few twists in the story that you don’t expect and its these turns that keep you hooked and turning each page, praying it’s not the last.

It was a privilege to read this prior to publication. Thank you to Micheal Joseph, Netgalley and the fantastic author Isabelle Broom. Out on 17th November. Pre-order your copy here Amazon

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