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Romance | One Thousand Stars and You | Isabelle Broom

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I enjoyed Isabelle Broom’s A Year and a Day (which I read last year) and said although this was the first novel I had read by this author it wouldn’t be my last… One Thousand Stars and You was one of my holiday reads, loaded on my Kindle and carried in my rucksack for appropriate moments 🙂

One Thousand Stars and You Isabelle Broom

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3054 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (23 Aug. 2018)
  • ASIN: B07B1V2T2N

One spark will light up both their lives.

Alice is settling down. It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother – even if it means a little part of her will always feel stifled.

Max is shaking things up. After a devastating injury, he is determined to prove himself. To find the man beyond the disability, to escape his smothering family and go on an adventure.

A trip to Sri Lanka is Alice’s last hurrah – her chance to throw herself into the heat, chaos and colour of a place thousands of miles from home.

It’s also the moment she meets Max.

Alice doesn’t know it yet, but her whole life is about to change.

Max doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the one who’s going to change it.

Available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


When we’re first introduced to Alice you realise that at some point, things have to change.  Who you really are can’t stay buried for the sole reason of pleasing those around you and despite Alice trying her hardest, when that tension gathers she has to do something about it in the most safest of ways possible.  Parental expectations, duty and responsibility are often heavy and will always bring some degree of guilt … Celebrating a milestone birthday with friends Maureen and Steph in Sri Lanka gives Alice the outlet she needs (especially when Max is around).

The friendship between Max and Jamal is many layered, a friendship worth treasuring!  Max is on a journey to independence and acceptance of who he is.  Sometimes his determination and strength is a weakness as he hides his struggles.  Such an inspirational character.  I might just have fallen a little in love with him myself 🙂

I enjoyed the developing bond between Alice and Max.  The confiding and understanding adds depth to the romantic spark.  I enjoyed all the relationships between the characters as they journey around Sri Lanka, sharing experiences and a different way of life (the fun and the conflicts!).  The settings felt very real, once again Isabelle Broom’s writing drawing me in so that I stepped into a scene and became a part of the group, experiencing the landscape and customs as they did.

As well as the romantic theme in One Thousand Stars and You, emotional health is an integral part of the story.  Authentic and sensitively done, I expect you’ll feel it as much as I did.

One Thousand Stars and You is a story that shows how important it is to live fully – not only a small percentage of life because you’re so caught up in being what others want you to be.  It’s about integrating all aspects of who we are, sharing the fear as well as the love.  A recommended read from me.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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