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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I absolutely loved this beautifully written, touching love story from one of my favourite writers.
Firstly I absolutely loved the descriptions of the museum of lost things and wish there was a real museum like it that I could visit. I think it would be utterly fascinating to explore and very interesting to learn all the stories behind the objects. I think it would be emotional to read about all the disappointments in people’s lIfe.
Laure is an interesting main character who it took me a little while to warm too as she seemed quite a cold, standoffish person when we are first introduced to her. However I soon realized that this was to protect herself from getting hurt again as she has been in the past. I liked how the reader often get little glimpses of her gentler self though like her tenderness towards the stray cat in her road. These helped me to understand her more and realise why she was acting the way she does.
I’ve always loved books set in the cold war as it’s always interesting to learn about how life was under Communist rule, especially as it is so different from our normal daily life. I must confess that I knew little about Czechoslovakia’s Communist past however so I found all the little details about this very interesting. Most books seem to be based in Germany so I liked that the author set if in a different country so I could learn more about the time.
The actual love story was wonderful to read about and I enjoyed watching it develop. Even though I knew from the beginning that it didn’t have a happy ending I kept reading in the hope that it somehow ended differently to how I thought.
Huge thanks to Charlotte Walker from Love Reading for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Corvus for my copy of this book. If you’re a fan of beautifully written, fascinating historical fiction then you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
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.