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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.
‘Gripping… this dark story, beautifully written, is shot through with the white heat of first love’
‘I ADORE cold-war novels and I live for love stories -The Museum of Broken Promises is a perfect combination of both. It's a gem of a book... beautiful, elegant’
‘Intricately plotted and beautifully written, the characters and the setting stay with you and leave you yearning for Paris’
‘I've long considered Elizabeth Buchan to be one of our greatest living novelists, and this brilliant novel confirms it. A masterly writer at the very top of her game’
‘I adored The Museum of Broken Promises. It has affected me more than anything I've read in quite a while. It's an amazing, emotive, heartbreaking but also ultimately uplifting novel. I really loved it so much’
‘Uplifting and sad and passionate and poignant all at the same time. If you like your fiction to challenge you and sweep you along and break you just a little, this is for you’
‘Elizabeth Buchan's new novel has quite broken my heart. I finished it days ago yet it is still haunting me. it is a magical yet sometimes heartbreaking, intricately-plotted journey through some of the darker days of Europe's modern history. The characters are so alive that I found myself cheering and weeping for them. What a love story, and so elegantly written! I thoroughly recommend this novel’
‘An elegant story that unfolds with a subtle and fascinating voice’
‘[Her] writing is beautifully fluent... Buchan has a gift for understanding the complexity and ambiguity of human emotions’