A year and a day by Isabelle Broom
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 honest thoughts on this book:
Upon receiving this book from the publisher, I squealed wit delight. I've read fabulous praises about Isabelle Broom's debut novel, and I wanted to sample one of her stories. So I didn't waste any time getting wrapped up in A Year and a day.
Although this is a festive book with all its trimmings, it also has a touch of melancholy about it. Essentially, it is a story about three different women and their past, present and potential future.
I will start with Sophie; she is coming to Prague alone to retraced her happy and adventures times with her fiance Robin. But Sophie also seems to struggle with the present and often comes across as sad and somewhat fragile characters. Try as I might I couldn't bond with Sophie. She gave me the goosebumps every time I read scenes featuring her character.
Hope is a lovely character who is coming to Prague with her boyfriends Charlie. After a long and unhappy marriage to her disinterested husband Dave, Hope left her family life behind and started a new happier chapter of her life with her driving instructor Charlie. But Hope is fighting the guilt of leaving her very upset daughter behind while enjoying her holiday with Charlie.
My favourite characters in this book were without a doubt, Megan and Ollie. The best of friends. Both seemed like the perfect couple, but one of them just doesn't want to give in to the powerful feeling of love.
Prague is such an enchanted and mysterious place with a stunning photo captured on every corner, generous people and delicious although very starchy food that makes your mouth water just reading page after page of Isabelle's descriptions of The Czech capital. I felt transported to Charles Bridge and The Old Town Square and while my time away with this group of people who are trying to figure out their life before it's too late.
If you haven't yet discovered the writing world of Isabelle Broom, I strongly recommend this book to be on your Christmas wish list this year, and if you have already read the author's previous book, then you will be in for a fabulous treat again.
A huge thank you to Penguin's Sarah Hardwood for this little surprise! This is my honest review of A Year and a day.
Happy Reading! xo
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