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A beautifully engaging novel that both broke and truly captured my heart. We travel with Laure through three time frames, from Prague of 1986, through to Paris of today. She finds love, and founds a museum based on promises broken, discarded, forgotten. Elizabeth Buchan writes with such eloquence, compassion and meaning. I felt, really felt the history and heartache. The past and the present somehow balance, as they move backwards and forwards slowly cutting snippets of information free. I fully existed in each moment, almost forgetting another point existed until I found myself there and became immersed once more. I really cared about the characters, including the museum, the idea is captivating, and so completely believable I feel as though I should be able to walk through its doors. The Museum of Broken Promises is for a me a must-read, I’ve chosen it as one of our star books, and one of my picks of the month, it is quite simply, glorious.
'I ADORE cold-war novels and I live for love stories - The Museum of Broken Promises is a perfect combination of both. It's a gem of a book... beautiful, elegant.' Marian Keyes The stunning new novel from bestselling Elizabeth Buchan. The Museum of Broken Promises is a beautiful, evocative love story and heart-breaking journey in to a long-buried past. Paris, today. The Museum of Broken Promises is a place of wonder and sadness, hope and loss. Every object in the museum has been donated - a cake tin, a wedding veil, a baby's shoe. And each represent a moment of grief or terrible betrayal. The museum is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past and, sometimes, to lay them to rest. Laure, the owner and curator, has also hidden artefacts from her own painful youth amongst the objects on display. Prague, 1985. Recovering from the sudden death of her father, Laure flees to Prague. But life behind the Iron Curtain is a complex thing: drab and grey yet charged with danger. Laure cannot begin to comprehend the dark, political currents that run beneath the surface of this communist city. Until, that is, she meets a young dissident musician. Her love for him will have terrible and unforeseen consequences. It is only years later, having created the museum, that Laure can finally face up to her past and celebrate the passionate love which has directed her life.
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This was a clever and intriguing read. What started as a lovely, engaging novel about a woman and an unusual museum, which was interesting enough in itself, turned into a far deeper and more poignant book.A beautiful and sensitive read that highlights both humans frailties and strengths and the power of love and determination. Full review
A thought provoking story of love, deceit and betrayal. Full review
Loved this book. I was drawn in from the start and found it hard to put down as I wanted to know more about the characters. Very atmospheric with just the right amount of background detail to give context and meaning. A real love story with a twist. Full review
I fell in love with the book from the first chapters. It's a historical fiction about Laure who created a museum of broken promises in today's world, but also her story in the communist Prague and Berlin in the 90s. Full review
I've long considered Elizabeth Buchan to be one of our greatest living novelists, and this brilliant novel confirms it. A masterly writer at the very top of her game. - Peter James
What makes Buchan such a joy to read is her ability to take familiar material and probe it for new insights. For well-done domestic drama, there is only one writer for this reader. - USA Today
What a good writer Buchan is. - Telegraph
Her novels read lightly but they aren't superficial. Her families seem real, raw, breathing things, whose deep history is as evident in the most casual seeming gestures as it is in the toxic no-go areas. - The Lady
Elizabeth Buchan is always a joy to read. An intelligent writer of emotionally involving suspense fiction. - Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of the Land
[Her] writing is beautifully fluent... Buchan has a gift for understanding the complexity and ambiguity of human emotions - Elizabeth Fremantle
A truly wonderful writer. Her books are rich with authentic period detail and her characters are vivid and intensely believable. - Peter James
An elegant story that unfolds with a subtle and fascinating voice. - Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
Uplifting and sad and passionate and poignant all at the same time. If you like your fiction to challenge you and sweep you along and break you just a little, this is for you. - Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
Intricately plotted and beautifully written, the characters and the setting stay with you and leave you yearning for Paris. - Katie Fforde, author of A Vintage Wedding
I adored The Museum of Broken Promises. It has affected me more than anything I've read in quite a while. It's an amazing, emotive, heartbreaking but also ultimately uplifting novel. I really loved it so much. - Laura Barnett, author of Versions of US
I ADORE cold-war novels and I live for love stories -The Museum of Broken Promises is a perfect combination of both. It's a gem of a book... beautiful, elegant. - Marian Keyes
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||5th September 2019|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, European history,|
Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full-time. Her novels include the award-winning Consider the Lily and the international bestseller, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, which was made into a CBS Primetime Drama. Other novels include I Can’t Begin to Tell You, a story of SOE agents and resistance in wartime Denmark, and The New Mrs Clifton which is set in London and ...More About Elizabeth Buchan