We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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With thanks to Netgalley and Ebury Press for the review copy. Due to be published 21st May 2015.

What if you had just one chance, one letter you could leave behind for the person you love? What would you write? Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as Vincent locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. During her nights at the hospice, Stella writes letters for her patients, detailing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings – from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent – and posts them after their death. That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time, to give her patient one final chance of redemption…

How is it that I haven’t discovered Rowan Coleman before now? This is the first of her books I have read but it will definitely not be the last. This was a beautifully written book which pulls you in till you feel emotionally involved with the characters. Despite much of the story taking place in a hospice, it is by no means a sad story although there are, inevitably, sad moments. We get a glimpse of the patients at the hospice through their last letters which are by turn funny, tender and heartbreaking – short stories in themselves. I felt so much for the aptly named Stella who is, in a sense, mourning the loss of closeness she used to share with her husband Vincent. Although he is physically healing from his injuries, emotionally he and their relationship is struggling. It was painful to see the guilt he feels about his accident and how it affects both himself and Stella. Also aptly named is Hope, a respite patient at the hospice. Her relationship with her best friend Ben will make you both smile and sigh with frustration. Hugh seems an unconnected character at first but of course, the author skilfully interweaves his strand of the story with the others. This is very much a book about second chances and seizing opportunities and how “you fight till your last breath for the people that you love”. Despite the harrowing circumstances the characters face, as Stella says “we can still have our happy ending – if we are ready to fight for it. It might be a different ending, but I know that I am ready to fight for you.” This is a book which will stay in my mind for some time and I highly recommend it as a 5* read.

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3 thoughts on “We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

  1. ireadnovels 03/05/2015 / 5:56 pm

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  2. Holly 05/05/2015 / 5:40 pm

    Fab review! I love Rowan Coleman’s books, definitely recommend The Memory Book if you haven’t read it yet – it’s superb. Really looking forward to reading this. 🙂 x

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