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Monday, 20 August 2018

#OneThousandStarsAndYou @Isabelle_Broom

About One Thousand Stars and You

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.

My review of One Thousand Stars and You

One Thousand Stars and You is a beautiful, romantic and life affirming read that I fell in love with from the very first page. It's a gorgeous book. If you need a little pick me up, and want to read about all that is good in life, then you can't go far wrong with this book.

The book is told from two perspectives. We have Alice, a young woman approaching her thirtieth birthday who lives with her boyfriend, Freddie. They have been together for many years and until she went on the trip of a lifetime with best frends, Maureen and Steph, she thought she had her whole life mapped out. She thought she knew who she really was, but being in another country, away from her overbearing mother and the safe stability of Freddie, makes her question her life.

We then have Max. I loved Max. He's the type of guy you could form a great friendship with. He's just so likeable and honest in how he lives his life, in living with his disability. He will let nothing, nor no one, stop him from achieving his goals. I admired him greatly.

The great joy for me in reading this book was reading the dialogue and interactions between Max and Alice. Both have their own struggles and need to open up about themselves, and they both help each other. It's a beautiful thing to read.

I really felt as if I was on a holiday in Sri Lanka with friends. The smells, people, landscape and food were all so real to me. I've never been to Sri Lanka, but I now want to go.

One Thousand Stars and You is a book about hope and the absolute best of human nature. It's about taking chances in life and believing in yourself. It's about friendship and living life to the fullest. It's an absolute gem of a book.

With thanks to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy

One Thousand Stars and You is published on 23 August by Michael Joseph.

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