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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Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily, international bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The New Mrs Clifton. She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes. She was a judge for the Whitbread First Novel Award and for the 2014 Costa Novel Award.
Buchan writes of young love with a gorgeous tenderness... Enthralling and beautifully written. * The Times * Gripping... This dark story, beautifully written, is shot through with the white heat of first love. * Daily Mail * A beautiful, evocative love story, a heart-breaking journey into a long-buried past. * David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow * It's a gem of a book... Beautiful, elegant. * Marian Keyes * Intricately plotted and beautifully written. * Katie Fforde * An amazing, emotive, heartbreaking but also ultimately uplifting novel. I really loved it. * Laura Barnett * Uplifting and sad and passionate and poignant. * Tammy Cohen * What a love story, and so elegantly written! * Carol Drinkwater * An elegant story that unfolds with a subtle and fascinating voice. * Anstey Harris * Buchan marries just enough political unrest with poignant love to satisfy historical fiction and romance fans alike. * i * It will linger long after you read it. * Historia * This glorious, beautifully engaging read is set to break and capture hearts. * LoveReading * A dark, tender and tragic exploration of love and betrayal. Simply stunning. * Elizabeth Fremantle * Achingly beautiful. A must read. * Frost Magazine * Passion, betrayal and a mysterious marionette show combine to enthralling effect in this darkly compelling love story. * Daily Mail (Scotland) *
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