Book Review: A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom


Title: A Year and a Day
Author: Isabelle Broom
Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph
Date: November 17th, 2016
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): From the author of My Map of You

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.



This year I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to read Isabelle Broom’s debut novel My Map Of You. I complitely fell in love with the story and Broom’s writing style (the book is in my top 5 books I read in 2016), so when I found out her second novel was also coming out this year, I was thrilled.
A Year and a Day immediately became one of my most anticipated releases of 2016.

This novel follows three different stories that intertwine, every story centered around another woman.
The stories take place in Prague, during period of 5 days, around Christmas time.

Megan came to Prague with her friend Ollie who has feelings for her. She doesn’t want to gamble their friendship into becoming something more. Although it could be risky, Prague sounds too good to pass. After all, she might find an inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition in that magical city.

Hope goes to Prague with her new boyfriend, who gave her a trip to that place as a Christmas gift. She recently left her husband and now is on bad terms with her daughter because of that. She would do anything to make piece with her, but she also has an urge to live the life she never had for the first time ever, to find her indenpendency and to be a part of passionate relatonship.

Sophie came to Prague to be with her boyfriend, who’ll came few days after her arrival.
Prague has a special place in their hearts, as it’s the city where they met each other for the first time.

From those three stories, Sophie’s was one that was the most interesting to me.
Other two weren’t exciting and if I’m being honest, I found them boring at times.

The writing style is simply amazing. Broom captured the beauty of Prague perfectly and I guarantee you, after reading this book, you will probably want to visit that place.

I was in Prague myself years ago, but after reading this book, I’d like to visit it again and see the beauty and culture once again with new eyes. Now when I’m older, I would appreciate everything that Prague offers so much more then I did then.

The writing consists of so many beautiful descriptions, but less character conversations.
I liked it that way, but if you’re looking for a fast paced book, this isn’t the one.
This book is the one you should take your time with.

The story is written in third person.

I wish the book had no overture (or prologue). The first sentence is absolutely astonishing, but in my opinion that part of the book spoils the big surprise that was revealed closer to an end.
I suspected what was going on from the very beginning of the story, and my guess was right.

Every single character of the story is realistic.
You could meet people like them in your every day life anytime.
I can’t say I liked one character more then the other, but I can say who I’d probably get along with and who I wouldn’t, if I ever cross my paths with any of them.
(I’d get along with Sophie, and wouldn’t get along with Megan or Charlie.)

The ending was really good.
I was satisfied with it’s realness.

If you ever decide to go and visit Prague, I would recommend you to read this book prior that trip.
It brings the bauty of the city close to reader and it could be really helpful when you have to decide what places in Prague you’d like to see.

I would recommend this book to readers of general fiction who like for their books to explore human relationships as well as inner thoughts.

Even though it wasn’t as brilliant as My Map of You, A Year and a Day is a nice festive novel that, I trully believe, will be recognized by many readers for it’s delightful writing.

Broom’s third book should be released in April 2017 and I already can’t wait to read it.


18 thoughts on “Book Review: A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom”

  1. Wow.. it seems like you have been reading a book a day! That’s good that the characters are realistic. I haven’t heard of this author before. Please be warned.. I don’t have a lot of time to read each day so I might be stretching out the week to complete our buddy read..

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    1. Haha, it maybe seems like that, but I really don’t read that fast. Although I participated in Hohoho readathon so that’s why I read more books, but also, I had some reviews already scheduled.
      And not sure if you saw my October wrap up, but I used some advices to start reading faster and it works on some books, but not all of them.
      DW, if you want, we can schedule our reviews for Roseblood for December if you want? I also won’t read that book fast bc real life and all that so I also won’t have that much time, and I won’t push it like I did during readathon. Just let me know if you want to reschedule, but I got one question, but the next two will make up after I finish a book (or during reading). I still haven’t started it. :/

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      1. If rescheduled, we can read Dec 22 since our reviews can’t go on before that. I do have some other buddyreads scheduled coming up. I am okay to start reading today & aim to finish 11/24/16. Which do you prefer?

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      2. We can reschedule then, if you want? The thing is, I think publisher prefer for review to be posted closer to it’s releasing day, but then again, I’d like to read it asap. Can we just start it and then schedule our review for later date? I actually planned to start it tonight before bed, but I can pick up another book, what ever you prefer better?

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  2. Very thoughtful, insightful review, Irena! This book sounds WONDERFUL!! It’s just perfect for the Christmas season, which is my favorite time of year. Even though you weren’t completely satisfied with it, I do like the fact that it has beautiful prose descriptions of this magical city. I first read about Prague in Laini Taylor’s debut novel, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, and fell in love with it in that novel! As for the characters, I’m really interested in seeing how their stories overlap.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! Hope you’re having a GREAT day!! ❤ 🙂

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