Then. Now. and Always. by Isabelle Broom
Paperback: 432 pages
Published: April 20, 2017
Source: NetGalley (book supplied by the publisher)
Links : Amazon UK / Goodreads
Love is in every place and every time - it is then, it is now, it is always.
What an enticing book cover and a story that will tickle your reading buds as well as the travel ones! I have already sample Isabelle Broom's previous book A Year and a Day and I'd been completely smitten with the story and the characters so no wonder that the author has yet again cast a magical spell on me with Hannah adventures journey to the tantalising Spanish village of Mojacar.
Twenty-eight-year-old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it's a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn't be a perfect setting to fall in love...
If only Tom (Hannah's best friend and cameraman) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way...Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah's half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?For just once in her life, can't Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
The whole theme of the book is picturesque as well as dramatic, revealing and engaging. I loved to follow Hannah on a trip to Mojacar and watched her take off where she left off more than a decade ago. Hannah seemed to slip into the laid-back Spanish lifestyle with gusto. She soaked up the energising vibes of the coastal sun, and her whole personality just blossomed under the watchful eye of the Indalo Man.
As well as Hannah I very quickly bonded with the rest of the filming crew. Theo, Claudette and Tom worked in seamless harmony but they also had hidden agendas and when Hannah's half sister Nancy unexpectedly showed up some of the secrets and lifelong resentments surfaced and started to ruin the piece and quiet of the Andalusian village.
Luckily Hannah found a very unexpected but very welcome support in Elaine, a local painter who is kind, creative and knows her way around Mojacar history.
The supporting characters also added a wonderful dimension to the story, and with their voice sprinkling a magic throughout the book I could so easily imagine weaving my way amongst the locals and feeling the emotions and the very essence of Mojacar in the air.
Isabelle Broom's skilled and very descriptive writing style brings all the characters and the surroundings to life in such a powerful way that I was complete swept off my feet and landed firmly on the pages of Then. Now. And Always.
I am highly recommending this book to be on your TBR this spring/summer!
A huge thank you to Penguin UK -Michael Joseph and Sarah Hardwood for accepting my request in exchange for a fair review!
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