Friday 19 October 2018

One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks #OneThousandStarsAndYou

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.

One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom was published by Michael Joseph on 23 August 2018. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review. A version of this review was published in the Daily Express.

Alice always does her best to make everyone in her life happy. She doesn’t take risks and whilst she’d secretly love to throw caution to the wind she knows just how much her boyfriend Richard and her very protective mother worry about her.

However, Alice will turn thirty very soon and a trip to Sri Lanka with her two best friends is something that she cannot resist. Ignoring, for once, the protests of Richard and her mother, she sets off, determined to have one last adventure before settling down forever.

Max is also determined to shake off the image that he’s had since he suffered a devastating injury. He wants to re-discover the fearless Max that has been hiding behind his disability and a holiday in Sri Lanka with his good friend Jamal feels like the perfect way to prove himself.

When Alice and her friends meet up with Max and Jamal, there’s an instant spark, all of them recognise something in each other that seems to bind them together. Previous plans are abandoned and the five of them decide to spend their holiday together. They don’t just discover new and exciting places, they learn more about each other.

As Alice and Max grow closer, they find themselves opening up to each other; revealing more about themselves and their hidden inner selves than either of them have admitted in the past.

Isabelle Broom’s writing sweeps her readers away to a exotic destination, her sense of place and wonderfully evocative descriptions are beautifully done. One Thousand Stars and You is an irresistible love story, made up of an eclectic and loveable cast of characters. Unashamedly romantic and touching, reminding us all that love and relationships are never as easy as they seem.

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 remains the Book Reviews Editor. 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. 
Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

If you like pictures of dogs, chatter about books and very bad jokes, you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Isabelle_Broom or find her on Facebook under Isabelle Broom Author

To find out more about her books, visit her website

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