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Book Review: We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

51IfpZre-GLWe Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
Publisher: Ebury/PRH
Release Date: 21st May 2015
Buy: Paperback | Kindle
What They Say:

Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to an ex-soldier, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the scars and the secrets he carries.

During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones – some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain – and promises to post these messages after their deaths.

Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time…

My Review

Rowan Coleman is an author I’ve been reading for years – ever since I read The Accidental Mother, which is still one of my favourite books, ever. It’s amazing to see how Rowan’s books have evolved over the years, too, and she’s definitely moved over into more emotional, heart-hitting novels, and that’s no bad thing because I absolutely loved The Memory Book. It was one of those novels which just completely slays you, and that ending still gets me, even after all this time, so I’ve been longing to read We Are All Made of Stars for so long, you just need to be emotionally ready for a Rowan Coleman book these days!

We Are All Made of Stars was simply amazing. I struggled a little bit to get into it at first, but once I got into the story, once I got to know everyone, I just wanted to absorb it all as quickly as possible. Just the whole idea that Stella works at the hospice where people die (but don’t always) and the fact she writes letters for those who are, sadly, terminal to the ones they love killed me. Not helped by the fact that there were ones written between each chapter and it was like being smacked with a baseball bat repeatedly. Some of those letters were hard to read, because while it may have been fiction, there is probably someone out there who does exactly what Stella does and it’s made even worse when you know her situation, which was awful.

Then there was Hope and Hugh. I liked Hope, as she was close to my age, but seemed much older considering what she’d been through; and Hugh spoke to me as well even if he seemed a bit fuddy-duddy. I actually liked his story. And when they all came together, it just made me sigh in satisfaction, because there’s nothing like a well-crafted story coming together nicely.

I really enjoyed We Are All Made of Stars. And yes, I teared up a time or two, I knew it was going to make me sad, but it also kind of made me feel hopeful. Books like that always do. Though it’s hard to explain why. This was definitely one of the more emotional reads I’ll read this year, and after finishing it I did wonder why it had taken me so long to read, because I just adore Rowan’s books. She is one of the finest writers around, and she can tell a story and leave your heart sore like no author I know, and I can’t wait for her next book. Rest assured, I’ll be reading it as soon as it’s out.


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