Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Penguin (17th November 2016)
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 was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of this book – thank you very much Jenny Platt for this. I loved Isabelle’s debut book My Map of You and was very excited to read her new book. (Could we just take a moment to appreciate that Isabelle’s last book came out in April, this book is due out in November and she has already written another book for early next year – while also working at Heat Magazine in a job that involves lots of reading!)
A Year and a Day follows the stories of 3 different women/couples and their connections to Prague and each other. Megan is a photographer and we see Prague through her lens. The vivid descriptions used truly do transport you to the city itself. I felt the cold, I could smell the mulled wine, I could hear the people. The book is stunningly written.
This is a perfect winters book – just what you want to read when you are snuggled on the sofa in your comfies, with a hot chocolate and a box of maltesers on a wet day.
I did guess one part of the character’s “outcome” but I was totally wrong on the other two. I won’t ruin it by telling you which. And, as in My Map of You, there is a moment where you do one of those really loud, ugly, gulpy sobs! I have warned you….!
I absolutely loved the book and I can not wait for the next “travel novel” from Isabelle. She truly has a gift to transport you to another country. The only criticism I have is that it is a very expensive book to read – we have now decided on a city break to Prague and I will be sure to visit the bridge and to make my wish!
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