I’ll let you into a secret. I actually read The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom just before Christmas but as I loved it so much and I know I’ll want it be on my list of favourite books for 2018 I have waited to post my review – I know that’s cheating but it’s my blog and I can make my own rules! I’d like to extend my enormous thanks to Izzy for sending me a copy of The Place We Met for review.
Published by Penguin on 30th November 2018, The Place We Met is available for purchase through the links here.
The Place We Met
Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.
Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.
Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end?
My Review of The Place We Met
Taggie, Pete and Lucy can’t imagine how a stay at Lake Como can affect their lives.
Oh my heavens I enjoyed The Place We Met. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. Even when the emotions the characters feel are negative ones I experienced sheer joy in reading The Place We Met. It had everything I adore in fiction, from a setting so vivid it feels as if I’m actually there, through wonderfully depicted characters that are living, breathing humans, to a narrative that draws in the reader so thoroughly that they are completely absorbed in, and almost part of, the story.
I have no idea if the authorities in Lake Como are aware of The Place We Met, but they should be giving Isabelle Broom an Order of Merit for her portrayal of this area of Italy. I feel utterly compelled to be there, preferably in the winter. There’s a magic to the descriptive writing that sparkles and dances until my heart ached with the need to see the same sights as Taggie, Pete and Lucy.
The narrative occurs over Christmas and the New Year, but reading this story would be perfect at any time. Isabelle Broom explores themes of love, relationships and, most importantly, being ourselves when we so often lose sight of who we are, so beautifully that I found reading The Place We Met achingly emotional. I was swept away in the romance, the emotions and the sheer gorgeousness of the writing so that I didn’t want the experience of reading this book to end. I know it will become a book I return to frequently.
I think what Isabelle Broom does so outstandingly when she writes is to keep a relatively small pool of characters so that each one is entirely realistic. I found Pete a complex individual and now I’ve finished reading the book I still feel I’d like to meet him in person and look him in the eye to make my final judgement, but I was in love with Marco from the moment he was introduced. However, it was Lucy and Taggie who made the book so perfect for me. Taggie’s heartbreak is uncovered with consummate skill and Lucy’s insecurity is a trait so many can identify with. I felt I wanted to gather them both into my arms and reassure them of their worth and future happiness.
Whether I’m thinking about plot, setting, character, style or theme, I thought The Place We Met was unmitigated perfection and I loved it. I was transported by reading it and feel blessed to have had it in my life. Just wonderful.
About Isabelle Broom
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts at the University of West London before starting a career first in local newspapers and then as a junior sub-editor at Heat magazine. She travelled through Europe during her gap year and went to live on the Greek island of Zakynthos for an unforgettable and life-shaping six months after completing her degree. Since then, she has travelled to Canada, Sri Lanka, Sicily, New York, LA, the Canary Islands, Spain and lots more of Greece, but her wanderlust was reined in when she met Max, a fluffy little Bolognese puppy desperate for a home. When she’s not writing novels set in far-flung locations, Isabelle spends her time being the Book Reviews Editor at Heat magazine and walking her beloved dog round the parks of north London.