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Book Review: A Year & A Day

Plot:

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 . .

Review:

Let’s take a second to appreciate the cover. It is the perfect cosy read as it shows adventure and festivity all in one image. 

I have never really thought of Prague. Isabelle captures the true beauty of Prague and has brought the Old Town to life teasing me with all the deviously good food, and iconic historical sights. I don’t think I have ever googled the location of a book so much whilst reading a book and by a quarter of the way through I was already pricing up a getaway to see the beauty that this author has dangled before me.

Broom’s vivid descriptions of Prague made it sound so atmospheric and interesting that I can’t believe I don’t hear about this wonderful place more often.

The cast of characters she created… I really enjoyed hearing about the women’s point of views. Isabelle has packed her novel with an incredible group of people that even after turning the final page you want to stay friends with. However as a novel that is supposed to progress I felt in terms of that it did not move at a faster pace which for me the novel needs to have a faster rate to read through the novel. 

The other downfalls I found with this novel is that – realistically it is too much of a coincidence in how these couples bumped into each other in all the same places. 

Secondly, the male characters. I am not sexist however the way the male characters were portrayed annoyed me; Charlie, running off to make secretive phone calls, refusing to tell Hope who he is talking to. As well as saying she was making up the fact that he was on the phone and it’s her that is in the wrong for not just trusting him. *eye roll*

Ollie, manipulating his way in by pretending to be Megan’s friend to even make her doubt herself which of course will make her want him. There’s a word for those who pretend to be a friend. It is not a genuine friendship when they are waiting to just pounce on them. I did enjoy the women’s journey as well was the descriptions of Prague. Isabelle does have a nice writing style which I wish was captured more with less main characters. 

A Year and a Day transports the reader to a magical and moving setting. Whilst sharing heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. Though be warned: as soon as you open the pages you will start researching a trip to Prague.

3/5 Stars.

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