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Title: One Thousand Stars and You
Author: Isabelle Broom
Publisher: Penguin UK, Michael Joseph
Published: August 27th, 2018
This is an incredible, amazing and enthralling story which I absolutely loved from the very first pages, all the way to the ending. This is another of those rare books where my advice is grab yourself a copy and read the book rather than my review!
Alice was a really adventurous tomboy as a child but that was before she had an accident which left her with facial scars and an over protective mother. After that both she and her older brother were encouraged never to take risks and that behaviour was largely ingrained in her throughout her teens and twenties. She’s in a long term, very stable relationship but she arranges to go on an adventurous holiday to Sri Lanka with her two best friends so they’ll all celebrate their thirtieth birthday there together. It is there they meet up with two men who are participating in a similar adventurous holiday. Max is striving to prove he can cope after life changing injuries ended his army career.
As the two groups merge to explore the country together there are adventures to be had, relationships to develop and emotions to be explored. It is a lovely story of re-evaluating your life, making choices and being prepared to make changes to help achieve happiness – but only after some dramatic events and near disasters. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole book and the great range of characters in it. The author clearly knows the setting well and brought it to life within the pages of this story. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys reading of someone taking stock of their life choices and being brave enough to make new choices because of love. It is an enthralling story, a keeper and one that will live on in my memory – one I look forward to re-reading in future, and I don’t do that for many books!
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
One spark will light up both their lives
Alice is settling down. It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother – even if it means a little part of her will always feel stifled.
Max is shaking things up. After a devastating injury, he is determined to prove himself. To find the man beyond the disability, to escape his smothering family and go on an adventure.
A trip to Sri Lanka is Alice’s last hurrah – her chance to throw herself into the heat, chaos and colour of a place thousands of miles from home.
It’s also the moment she meets Max.
Alice doesn’t know it yet, but her whole life is about to change.
Max doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the one who’s going to change it.