Tuesday 26 May 2015

Review ~ We Are all Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

Ebury Press
21 May 2015
Rowan Coleman has delivered a beautiful story about love and loss, death and dying and the overwhelming value of dignity and respect.

Stella Carey is a hospice nurse with first-hand knowledge that life is sometimes filled with regret. Hopes and dreams are shattered when faced with mortality and yet, even as her patients face their death, Stella offers a nugget of hope.  During her night shifts, Stella writes the letters her patients want her to deliver after their death, and as she does so, she discovers that deep within ourselves we all have a still, small place, where hope and resolution can often find peace.

The story is told from multiple points of view; we meet several characters who all have their own hopes and fears and through their letters we find out much more about them as people. Everyone has secrets, some people have told whopping great lies; whilst others have hidden things from those they love, but ultimately, when time becomes a precious commodity, the need to explain, is paramount and all consuming.

We Are all Made of Stars is beautifully written from start to finish. All the characters exude warmth and charm; some tug away at your hearts strings more than others, whilst some people we never meet, and yet, through their letters we are allowed a privileged glimpse into their innermost feelings. The story would not be complete without any of them.

It should be a sad book, but it isn’t. True, it is gut wrenchingly emotional in places, but it’s also warm and loving, sensitive and funny, with some beautifully observed moments that are so special they take your breath away. It is all the wonderful things I have come to expect from this talented author and I can’t recommend it highly enough. 

Just read it.

I was invited to read this book as part of the Lovereading.co.uk readers review panel.

You can find out what the reviewers thought about this book   ~ Here

My thanks to Lovereading.co.uk and Ebury Press for my copy of this book.

Rowan Coleman


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