I love a good book cover and shamelessly I will admit that it is often the difference between picking up a book in the store or not. This latest book from Isabelle Broom has the most gorgeous cover art and it captured me right from the start.
Alice lives with Richard. She has a job she knows inside out but hates. Her life is very organised and compact. After a serious accident when she was young she has been molly coddled and protected for most of her life. Firstly by her mother and since college Richard has taken care of her.
When best friends Maureen and Steph suggest a joint trip to celebrate their thirtieth birthdays, planning begins in earnest and the girls are all off to Sri Lanka for an adventure.
I don’t know about you but I really didn’t know much about the country other than the horror stories that I’d seen on the news over the years. While this is very much Alice’s story it is also a celebration of the variety of experiences and culture to be found in Sri Lanka. Broom makes you feel like you are right there with the girls as she describes the sights, sounds and smells with such exquisite detail that you feel like you are on the trek with them.
This book is so much more than a travelogue with all of the major characters going through life changing events and circumstances. Dealing with subjects as diverse as limb amputation, alcoholism, depression and fear this isn’t your average Romcom. It is however a joyous celebration of being yourself and learning to like who you really are.
Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Aug 23 2018. 400 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.