The Getaway by Isabelle Broom

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for a digital review copy of the latest book by one of my favourite authors to read and review. Here are my non-spoiler thoughts. Publication date is Thursday 10th June in the UK. One of my previous reviews can be found at


Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the person you need . . .

Most people travel to Croatia for its endless sunshine, pebbly beaches and crystal clear sea.

Kate goes there to disappear.

She needs to escape from a life that has fallen apart in spectacular and public fashion, and no one on the beautiful island of Hvar knows who she is or what she’s running away from.

Until she meets another lonely soul.

Alex is different to any man Kate has ever known, yet the connection between them is undeniable. She soon begins to open up in ways she never has before – not even to herself. But Kate is not the only person in Hvar hiding secrets. And, as she is about to discover, it is always only a matter of time before the truth catches up with you . . . 

My thoughts:

I’ve read a few of Isabelle Broom’s books over the past couple of years, and I always enjoy being whisked away to visit different parts of the world. After staying safe at home for 15 months due to the global pandemic, my virtual visit to Croatia was a much needed escape from reality.

The book starts with Kate in distress. Not only has her love life and work life fallen apart, but she has become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons. So escaping to Croatia to help her brother and his husband finish getting their business ready for the summer season seems like a good idea.

I loved how Isabelle Broom allowed Kate to reflect on the past and to start moving forward, whilst exploring the islands of Croatia. This is a book full of self discovery, friendship, new beginnings, the different sides of social media, travel and romance, an uplifting read for a sunny bank holiday weekend. I have now added Croatia to my ‘must visit’ travel list, although I think I’ll be giving one of the beaches a miss.

Whether you’ve enjoyed Isabelle’s books before or are a new reader looking for an uplifting summer read, I’m happy to recommend this beautifully written and emotional book. I will be adding a paperback copy to my bookshelves after publication day (and hopefully in a couple of years time I will be reading it on a sun lounger in Croatia).


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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