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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, it is quite simply, glorious.
Welcome to The Museum of Broken Promises, a place of wonder and sadness. And hope.
Inside lies a treasure trove of objects - a baby's shoe, a wedding veil, a railway ticket - all revealing real moments of loss and betrayal. It is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past. The owner, Laure, is also one of those people.
As a young woman in the 1980s Laure fled to Prague, where her life changed forever. Now, years later, she must confront the origins of her heart-breaking exhibition: A love affair with a dissident musician, a secret life behind the iron curtain, and a broken promise that she will never forget.
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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
Achingly beautiful. A must read. - Frost Magazine
A dark, tender and tragic exploration of love and betrayal. Simply stunning. - Elizabeth Fremantle
This glorious, beautifully engaging read is set to break and capture hearts. - LoveReading
It will linger long after you read it. - Historia
Buchan marries just enough political unrest with poignant love to satisfy historical fiction and romance fans alike. - i
An elegant story that unfolds with a subtle and fascinating voice. - Anstey Harris
What a love story, and so elegantly written! - Carol Drinkwater
Uplifting and sad and passionate and poignant. - Tammy Cohen
An amazing, emotive, heartbreaking but also ultimately uplifting novel. I really loved it. - Laura Barnett
Intricately plotted and beautifully written. - Katie Fforde
It's a gem of a book... Beautiful, elegant. - Marian Keyes
Gripping... This dark story, beautifully written, is shot through with the white heat of first love. - Daily Mail
Buchan writes of young love with a gorgeous tenderness... Enthralling and beautifully written. - The Times
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||2nd April 2020|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance,|
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