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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Review: A Year And A Day by Isabelle Broom

Brace yourself for another atmospheric book by Isabelle Broom. I loved Isabelle’s debut, My Map of You, which came out last year, so I was really excited to add a review copy of A Year and a Day to my TBR pile!

As with My Map of You, A Year and a Day whisks the reader off on holiday – but this time it’s to Prague. Three separate women, three complicated love lives- and one magical city in the winter provide a life-changing holiday.

Megan is in Prague with her best friend Ollie. As a primary teacher, he is researching the city for his classes. Megan is a photographer and is looking for inspiration to strike, and will do anything to stay focused on her dream. She won’t let anything de-rail her- not her history, and not even poor Ollie.

Hope is being treated to a much-needed break with her new man, Charlie. But her guilt over what she has done to the people she loves simply won’t let her relax and enjoy the beauty around her.

Sophie is returning to the city that she and her fiancĂ© love so much. She can’t wait until Robin joins her to continue their adventure together. Over the course of A Year and a Day, this group of strangers who share the same hotel become friends – and their lives will never be the same again.

It’s impossible to talk about a book by Isabelle Broom without first talking about the setting. Prague plays such a huge role here that, in truth, the city is the main character. Full of history and atmosphere, it provides the perfect backdrop to a story that is full of growing suspense as well as romance that really hits you where it hurts. The book is rich with description- I feel like I’ve sat in the restaurants, eaten the food, crunched through the snow and felt the cold creep into my bones… all from the warmth and comfort of my living room!

The characters are very real- full of sharp edges, insecurities and fears. But they are also full of wonder and love and kindness. I found myself rooting for them all- hoping against hope that they would all find their happy ending.

A Year and a Day is an excellent read- full of atmosphere, tension, mystery, romance and true love. I thoroughly recommend tucking into it whilst wrapped in a blanket, sitting in front of an open fire with plenty of cocoa on tap.

A Year and a Day will be out on the 17th November 2016 - you can pre-order your copy here:

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The Blurb:

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

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...

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.

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