A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom

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I feel like I should start by explaining my mindset while reading this book. It is the first ‘normal’ book I have read in a long time. I seem to have been reading thrillers for a while so when I started this book, I kept waiting for someone to die or get murdered or something. So it took me a little bit of time to get into the style of writing and get it in my head that no one was going to be kidnapped.

 

I have to say that to start with, I felt like this book was a love letter to Prague. That the characters were the vessels for Isabelle to declare her adoration of the city. As someone who prefers plot to scenery, I found this a bit off-putting, but I gave it a chance. By the end of this book, I was looking up cheap holidays to Prague for December. I will be taking this book with me to see how it matches up to the real thing (who needs a guidebook).

 

I did like the different stories in this book and how the characters interacted with each other and influenced each other’s thoughts. I felt this was brilliantly realistic because I am affected by the people around me, and different perspectives can inform how I view my situation. I’m going to be honest; I found the Megan and Ollie story didn’t hold my interest as much as the other two stories. I knew where it was going and I did enjoy the journey to get to it, but I wish it was told from Ollie’s perspective as Megan just irritated me at some points. But not enough to stop me from reading.

 

I felt this book was a 3-star read until it got to the end. That twist and the sheer emotion that was evoked in the end scenes on the bridge took my breath away. I have only ever cried at three books in my life. But that bridge scene and the letter brought me to tears. Wow. Isabelle has created a scene that provokes such a visceral reaction from the reader. For that reason alone this book was brilliant. It could totally be a film that I would go and see. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

 

I recommend this to anyone that fancies visiting Prague or wants to learn more about the city, and people that are looking for a book that will make you feel a staggering amount of emotion.