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A heartwarming and heartbreaking story about love and life in one of Europe's most romantic cities, Prague.

'Evocative, will clutch at your heart. Perfect escapism is a winter evening' Sunday Mirror

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 exhibit
Paperback, 408 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Penguin
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Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Real rating: 3,75

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 w
Alice (Married To Books)
I was approved for A Year and a Day on NetGalley quite a while ago but only within the last week have been able to read it starting on a train journey and finishing one day out in the bright morning sun which was warm and enjoyable. After having reviewed Isabelle's novel My Map of You for Penguin Random House last year and enjoyed it, A Year and a Day is set during the winter in the beautiful European city of Prague. The characters include friends Megan and Ollie, Hope and Charlie who are partne ...more
Louise Wilson
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three love stories about three different women have all went to Prague. Megan for business. Hope's is a surprise trip for her new partner. Sophie is counting time till her boyfriend meets her there.

I quite liked this tale of romance.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author Isabelle Broom for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This starts off with a woman going to throw herself off a bridge in Prague. Then......he arrives.

Next chapters take you back in time.

We have three different women, different times.

I found this a thought provoking intense read.
Absolutely super.

I have to check out more of this authors books.

My thanks to Penguin Uk via Net galley
Kylie H
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book set in a magical, snowy Prague. Three women, each at a pivotal point in their lives are on holiday and staying in the same hotel. Sophie, Megan and Hope all go through an emotional journey that brings them together. A great story in a wonderful location, have a few tissues handy while reading this.
One City, Three Love Story's. It's rare in a story that I find all the characters so likeable. None of them are perfect, they have flaws but all fit so perfectly together.

Love Story One: Megan and Ollie the pair who belong with each other but will they only be just good friends? Can they even be just good friends? Is it lovers or nothing? These were the two I found myself so rooting for. I was so frustrated when she wasn't taking a chance on him. Ollie is quite the hero regarding Sophie.

Love St
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
“There’s something magical about this city. You can feel it. There’s something in the air here, like a whispered secret drifting around on the wind”

Prague forms a very vivid backdrop to this storyline, as we follow the characters through their personal and actual journeys around the city. Their paths cross in a central city hotel, shortly before Christmas, so outside it is crisp and white, with swirling snow as the characters jointly and individually explore this marvellous and striking city, an
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, romance
There's nothing wrong with the writing style, it's warm, well paced and easy to read, I curled up on the sofa with a big cup of tea and flew through it.

There are far too many coincidences to make a truly convincing plot. I wasn't too bothered by it but the couples keep bumping into each other, ending up in the same cafes and walking through reception at the same time, Megan keeps coming across and photographing things Sophie and Rob left behind on their previous visits.

My big problem with it is
Rachel McMillan
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just booked a Christmas trip to Prague--- so I guess this book did its job ?
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is something very very special about Isabelle Broom. I absolutely loved her first book, My Map of You. It was set in Greece and for me, was pure book perfection. In A Year and a Day she whisks her readers off to the city of Prague, alongside a cast of wonderfully created characters, and once more she's completely and totally stolen my heart.

The novel opens with a short, but heart-stopping prologue. An unnamed character, suffering, lonely and grief stricken. In just a few paragraphs, Isabel
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply one of the most captivating stories I have read this year. Isabelle Broom is definitely a master author in the making and is fast becoming a must read instantly authors, especially after having read A Year and a Day.

The story follows three couples as they spent a week in Prague, a few weeks before Christmas. Let's start with Prague itself, a charismatic and historic backdrop to this unputdownable story. I have been to the city a couple of times at winter, and definitely agree with the me
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A story of three couples with one destination in common .. Prague. This is a city that had been on my wishlist to visit before I became too ill to travel, the magic of this book has shown me exactly what I have missed. The scenes, aromas, friendliness of the locals all sparked my imagination. Set prior to Christmas I could almost touch the markets, taste the mulled wine and feel the icy chill of the snow.

Megan, a keen photographer eager to prepare for an exhibition travels to the city with her f
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Destination - Prague
Megan and Ollie ...... A platonic relationship they've known each other 6 months. Ollie, a teacher, asks Megan on a trip to Prague on a fact finding trip. Megan being the assigned "photographer". Megan admits she's kind of, sort of, but not really, having feelings for Ollie.
Sophie and Robin ....Together 10 years, celebrating their anniversary every year by going back to Prague where they originally meet. Sophie is waiting for Robin ahead of time to arrive .... in the meanti
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I fell in love. It just looks so romantic.

The story made me smile too. Such a warm glow spread through me as I turned each page, I needed to know what these fabulous characters were doing next, what was on offer in Prague, the sights, sounds and smells came to life in the pages. I have never been to Prague but really would love to go and the descriptions in Isabelle’s writing have certainly helped.

This was one of those books I really didn’t want to end. I
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2016, kindle
This book was truly amazing- I was totally lost within the pages until I came to the end. I didn't want to let the characters go and I fell in love with Prague through the beautiful descriptions. I really feel as though I could visit and recognise all the pretty places described throughout the book- and Prague has definately entered my winter wish list of places to visit one day.

The characters go through the whole range of emotions- dealing with wonderful friendships, new romances, family issues
Trish at Between My Lines
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought, chick-lit
Aw that was a lovely read. Full of the power of female friendships and set in magical Prague. Perfect setting for this charming read.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases

Isabelle Broom's debut novel "My Map of You" has blown me completely away when I read it earlier this year, so there is no need to say that I was waiting for "A Year an a Day" like crazy, biting my nails and with bated breath, and to be honest I didn't start to read it immediately when my copy arrived because I was - and I know it sounds somehow foolish - scared. Scared that I won't like it as much as I liked Isabelle's first book.
And sadly, it happened. I loved Isabelle's writing, she is a grea
Linda Hill
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Three different women, Sophie, Megan and Hope find Prague is the catalyst for change in their lives.

I see myself as an emotional reader, but I have never before encountered the emotion of jealousy in my reading. Isabelle Brooms evokes and describes the magical quality of Prague so effectively that, not only is it a character in its own right, but I wanted desperately to be back there. There was such vibrancy to the descriptions that I could recognise so many of the places I’ve visited and loved
Debbie Robson
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
The tagline for A Year and A Day is a good one: “Three different women.Three intertwining love stories. One unforgettable, timeless city.” The short prologue is about a woman standing on a bridge in falling snow obviously about to jump. And then we meet the three women and of course the six million dollar question is which woman is it?
Is it Megan, a photographer, travelling to Prague for the first time with her friend Ollie (too good to be true for this reader); Or Sophie, an inveterate travell
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it

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.

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 pac
Ellen Read
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Year and a Day
by Isabelle Broom

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 whe
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ollie is a teacher and he has asked his photography minded friend, Megan, to accompany him on a trip to Prague. It's a win-win situation really, Ollie wants to take historical findings back to his students, and Megan gets to take photographs for her upcoming exhibition. The thing is, despite Megan and Ollie being really good friends, Megan is unable to let her guard down and shed light on what has been eating her up ins
Grass monster
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know that everytime Isabelle Broom has a new book out, its going to be a winner. I always love her covers as they appear magical and just like we are about to step into a fairytale. The cover of A Year and a Day did just this.
The story follows 3 women, Megan, Hope and Sophie.
Megan's best friend is Ollie. Having kissed each other once, a long time ago. Ollie has never quiet got over his feelings for Megan but she wants to be just friends. So when and Ollie asks Megan to go with him on a trip to
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 chal
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, on-kindle
A Winter break in Prague is proving to be a challenging situation for Megan. Ollie is her best friend and she is keen to keep him at arms length and to keep their relationship on a strictly platonic level. Ollie however has other ideas and Megan is determined that this cannot become anything more. She doesn’t want her past to ruin the present.

Hope is on a surprise trip with her new partner Charlie. Her marriage has just broken down after more than twenty five years and Hope’s daughter is struggl
Elizabeth Toop
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this book and - once my hands were on it - found I couldn't put it down until the last page was read. It's a beautiful, memorable story and the setting is magical, almost mystical, in the way it transports the reader to the wintry streets and ornate bridges of Prague.

To say A Year And A Day is atmospheric is a colossal understatement. From shivering in the snow to gratefully sampling steaming, spicy bowls of goulash, Isabelle's wonderful de
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by this author. But I have to say it didn't captivate me in quite the same way. I think it was because I feel the same way about all hhe characters (maybe there was too many of them) The descriptions of Prague were beautiful and make me want to visit. A desperately sad end to the book which made me cry although not all the outcomes for the characters were what I expected. I am looking forward to hhe latest book by this author. Thank you to Netgalley and the au ...more
Gail Atkins
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC for an honest review. First of all the description of Prague makes the reader want to jump on a plane and visit the city.
We read about the lives of three different ladies; about their loves, lives, dreams as well as fears. A meeting by chance in the hotel, we see how their lives fit together for a short period. A book that flows well and as I stated leaves you wanting to visit the described places of interest.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this feel good book . A story of three woman and love and loss . Set in Prague the authors descriptive writing made me feel like I was there and indeed has inspired me to look at a break to Prague . First , for me , from this author and a break from my normal genre I will definately be reading more from Isabelle Broom . My thanks to netgalley for the copy which I have chosen to review
Novelle Novels
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars
This is about love, friendship and about being true to yourself all woven together in a beautiful manner. We have three leading ladies each very different going to one plague. Megan goes there with Ollie who is a friend she has kissed, hope is going with Charlie her new man and Sophie is going alone waiting for her boyfriend robin. They each have very different back stories and you wonder how they will meet let alone become friends yet how that happens does keep you on your to
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Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at heat magazine, where she remained for 12 years. Always happiest when she off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home - the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currentl ...more

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