Book Review: One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom

Published: 23/08/2018
400 pages
Format: Kindle edition

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.


One thing can be said about Isabelle Broom. She knows how to set the scene. Her writing shows you setting of the book, the country, people so well. It’s light and not overly descriptive but tells you enough to paint this perfect picture in your mind. That’s probably one of the reasons, why I enjoy her books so much.

Alice and Max are two souls with a lot in common but also many hidden feelings. They pretend who they are and how they feel, just to please people they love. It’s just easier that way. But when they find the way they want to live, they don’t want to pretend anymore. They don’t want to just exist, but live.

For Max it’s easy, he’s now himself, feels comfortable in his own skin and came to terms with who he is and how life changed him. Alice is yet to discover her full potential and passion for life but is it something she can do, can she hurt her family, her loved ones? Can this trip to Sri Lanka open her eyes and meeting Max change her life forever?

I adored this story, it was so full of emotion, sadness, loss but also about self discovery, love, friendship. Beautiful country and people just added to the whole picture and made it so much more real. This book just made me so happy and although I was sad it was over, it left me content and I felt like I experienced it all myself. Five fat stars to Isabelle Broom for this stunning story and if you haven’t read it, don’t wait. I can’t recommend it enough.

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