Monday, 3 April 2017
Book Review: Then, Now Always by Isabelle Broom
The relationships explored whilst on a location shoot in the Spain of the holidays of her teenage years are as tangy and complex as the Sangria served in the quaint bars of heroine Hannah's Memory. We have plenty to get involved in here, we have the crush (unrequited ) on the older more sophisticated boss, a glamourous French ingenue, the stalwart best friend who has been around so long that perhaps she is taking him for granted?
Into this mix comes the mysterious British woman who has made the area home for forty years and the step -Sister whose presence in her life has caused Hannah much consternation and resentment at home, so this invasion of her perfect idyll and her interest in best pal Tom are the ultimate betrayals.
This is a glorious story, rather more than a sun, sea aand romance novel. It is brilliantly nuanced and beautiful whilst still treading familiar romantic waters so that it is the book that will happily grace any lounger next the pool this Summer, and I suspect, brighten a dull day in autumn just as beautifully. With an ending that travels rather differently that I first suspected it might, the story becomes more about Hannah discovering truths about herself rather than a pure romance fantasy, giving the book much more breadth.
I cannot reccomend this any higher than to simply say I found myself missing Spain the moment I finished and yet I have never myself set foot on it's shores.
Then.Now.Always. Is Published on 20th of April by Penguin U.K. -Michael Joseph