Taggie is only a few months into her job as a tour guide in Lake Como. She’s rushed off her feet, but distraction is what she needs to forget why she left England.
Lucy arrives at Lake Como with her perfect new boyfriend, Pete. Falling fast in love, she’s sure that life is about to start for her, it feels so right with him.
But as New Year’s Eve approaches and the women meet by chance, it becomes clear this isn’t the perfect place of new beginnings. While Lucy is willing to do anything to keep hold of Pete, the past Taggie so desperately wanted to escape is catching up with her . . .
This time we are whisked away to Lake Como in Italy, as always Isabelle Broom spends as much time making sure that we are acquainted with our surroundings the sights, smells, tastes of the area as we are with the characters ensuring that when we close the final page we feel like we have been to the location, that reading the book was a fully immersive experience.
In The Place We Met Taggie takes centre stage, she’s been working in Lake Como for a few months as a hotel tour guide, she’s got some tragedy in her past she’s running from but we don’t know what it is. Even when she catches the eye of the rather delicious Marco, a local waiter, she completely ignores him and his attention.
Marco is a local man with a dream and it’s clear he wants to get to know Taggie even though she is making it very difficult for him. He’s a wonderful character the epitome of a strong, clever, Mediterranean man.
Lucy is a nurse who has a need to please and help people in all areas of her life, including her boyfriend, Pete. She finds herself agreeing to things and not standing up for herself and saying what she wants over what he wants. I found myself getting consistently annoyed with her for being such a doormat.
Pete on the other hand, is a man who is clearly tortured about something, but because of how “nice” Lucy is he will never talk about it because she will never push him about it. I spent so much of my time reading thinking what a terrible match they were.
As things came together in Lake Como and the story pieces together there are some shocking revelations as these four people’s lives crash into each other, which had me reaching for the tissues.
All I can really say is Isabelle Broom not only does it again but she does it even better because this is easily my favourite of her books so far, a deeply emotional novel about betrayal, loss, forgiveness, and love.
A huge thanks to Isabelle Broom and Michael Joseph for the eARC for me to read and give my honest opinion!
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Title: The Place We Met
Author: Isabelle Broom
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Travel
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 30 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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