How do you make the switch from talking about books every day to writing them? Ask Isabelle Broom, who did just that. She previously worked as the Book Reviews Editor for heat Magazine in the UK, spending her days reading books and getting the reviews ready for the magazine’s weekly readers. In 2015, she set pen to paper herself to find out just what writing is like. Since then, four books have been released with Isabelle’s name on their (beautiful) covers.
Challenge criteria: A book set in Europe
(Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition and was not asked to review it.)
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighbourhood so she can memorise it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.