Book Review - Hello, Again by Isabelle Broom
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Title: Hello, Again Author: Isabelle Broom Format reviewed: Ebook Source: Netgalley Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 4th June 2020 Rating: 4 Stars Philippa Taylor (Pepper to her friends) has big dreams. When she closes her eyes, she can picture exactly who she ought to be. The problem is, it's about as far away from her real life in a small coastal town in Suffolk as she can imagine.
So when her elderly friend Josephine persuades Pepper to accompany her on a trip to Europe, she jumps at the chance to change her routine. And when Pepper bumps (literally) into the handsome Finn in Lisbon, it seems as though she might have finally found what she's been looking for.
But Pepper know all too well things are rarely as they seem. Her own quiet life hides a dark secret from the past. And even though she and Finn may have been destined to find each other, Pepper suspects life may have other plans as to how the story should end.
A romantic and sweeping story about friendship, love and realising that sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination.
I loved the character of Josephine, she has so many elements to her personality, and I loved how she managed to persuade her friend Pepper to go on trips to Lisbon and Barcelona with her, places where she once spent time with the love of her life.
Pepper has never been abroad and has had a personal tragedy at a young age that fractured her family. She is a complex character, who really does develop and change as the story progresses.
However my favourite bits which will come as no surprise to anyone that knows me at the bits set abroad, and Isabelle Broom once again proves how talented she is at describing places. I got a real feel for Lisbon, Barcelona and a couple of other places that I'll leave you to discover.
For me I'd have loved more than a few days in each place with most of the book feeling like it was set in the UK, and although those sections were good, I'm always in favour of more holidays!
Pepper runs small art classes and believes art if for everyone but yet she has very little confidence in creating her own work. But I loved seeing things through her artistic eyes.
It's an enjoyable story from an author I always look forward to reading.
Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.,