🔮 Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

👩 The story is based on two main characters: Madame Burova and Billie. The first has been a Tarot Reader, Palmist and Clairvoyant since 1970. When she understands that she can’t keep other people’s secrets anymore, she decides to retire. Before that, though, she has to fulfil a promise. Billie, instead, lives in London. When she suddenly loses everything, she also discovers something that leaves her identity in question. ⁠

♥️ I liked:⁠
⏰ The dual-time narration. The story moves effortlessly between the early 70s and the present day. On one side, we enter the fascinating world of Imelda Burova, made of the secrets she kept, of the holiday park life and of a heartbreaking love story. On the other, we follow Billie in her search for the truth about her identity. The two stories connect because, over the years, Imelda’s booth has acted as a sort of confessional: she might be the only one to know the answers to Billie’s questions.⁠
👩 The characters. I love how Ruth Hogan manages to depict quirky and super intriguing characters – like in The wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – making them feel alive. In this case, Madame Burova – so different and funny – was definitely my favourite. ⁠
💕 The nostalgic vibe. Reading Madame Burova’s story has been like taking a trip down memory lane. It reminded me of when I went to Eastbourne in High School. It was my first experience in the UK, and what I loved the most were my strolls on the pier, eating fish and chips.⁠
➕ There is more to it. In the book, there are many other themes: racism, inappropriate advances and much more. It’s more than just a love story.⁠

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 In typical Hogan style, this is an uplifting read, with an incredibly vivacious set of characters⁠.⁠
Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC.⁠

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