A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom is another one of those reads that has sat on my Netgalley ‘older than 3 months’ shelf. I’m so glad I made the decision to try to clear that shelf as this is such a gem of a read. I’ve always wanted to go to Prague and Isabelle Broom’s writing has taken me there with such fabulous characters. I’ve certainly been on an emotional journey alongside them!
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3368 KB
Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Penguin (17 Nov. 2016)
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.
I always enjoy a story where there is more than one female lead but I think A Year and a Day is exceptional. Usually there is one character that I identify with the most but I took all 3 of our women into my heart in different ways (not only that, Ollie, Charlie and Robin snuck in there too!). Megan and Sophie are similar in age (although with very different backgrounds) and Hope, at 50, is in a way just starting out. They all face different emotional challenges, reflecting on their relationships/the problems left behind at home.
After a brief window into their lives, our characters come together quite quickly in Prague. I liked this pace and it carries throughout the story too. They’re not always together in Prague! but have their own adventures with fears rising to the surface and changing the way they interact. I had guessed something but it made no difference to how I felt about that particular thread of the story. I still cried. I still felt emotionally wrought. It still broke my heart.
The setting, both on the tourist routes in Prague and off the beaten track felt so real. I could see, smell, hear, touch and taste this city. The history/politics, the places, the food, the weather – this all became my world. The Charles Bridge is an important landmark in the story. The photo below (from Pixabay) reminds me of so much (without the snow though).
I loved quite a few scenes but one in particular stays in my mind … Megan’s exhibition, I was on tenterhooks myself feeling so anxious! So many emotions. There are of course also scenes that made me cry.
This is one story that will stay with me for a long time. Self-discovery, forgiveness, family, romance and oh so poignant. This is the first novel I’ve read from Isabelle Broom but not my last! A Year and a Day is storytelling at its best.
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