It’s a real pleasure today to be joining the blog tour for The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan: published in paperback by Corvus Books on 2nd April, it’s also available as an e-book, in hardback, and as an audiobook. My thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the invitation and support: my thanks too to the publishers, who approved my advance reading copy (via netgalley) of this lovely looking book, and which I sadly haven’t been able to read and review yet.
I’ve loved a number of Elizabeth Buchan’s books, most of them read before I started Being Anne seven years ago – and I’ve neglected her books rather shamefully. The last one I read and enjoyed was I Can’t Begin To Tell You (you’ll find my review here) – a fascinating view of the Danish wartime experience, a wonderful story of love and loyalty – but I’m astonished to find that I read it six years ago. I really must catch up with her latest – and if you’d like to read it too, I’m offering the opportunity to win an e-copy.
Let’s take a closer look…
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.
So with thanks to Anne at Random Things and to publishers Corvus, let me give you the opportunity to win an e-copy, available internationally – apologies that we couldn’t make it a paperback, but the current situation made that rather too difficult. Here’s the rafflecopter for entry:
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. Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and she has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes.