We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman is due out in ebook format and hardcover on 21st May 2015.
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Do not miss me, because I will always be with you…I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved… Wherever you look, I will be there.
Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war.
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…
We Are all Made of Stars is an uplifting and heartfelt novel about life, loss and what happens in between from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book.
This was such a special, inspiring story that moved me in so many ways. I could also relate to certain parts of the storyline and at times it was heartbreaking to read. Stella, I believe is the cog that keeps this novel turning. She is such an exceptional woman. She is brave, kind, patient, compassionate, forgiving, hardworking. Stella was a nurse at the forefront of trauma saving people in the accident and emergency department. However, after her military husband suffered a terrible injury during his tour of Afghanistan Stella decides to use her nursing skills in a hospice. Stella soon becomes a confidante for the patients and she starts writing letters on their behalf, their last words to their loved ones. This is such an amazing task that Stella has taken on. These letters are often throwbacks to memorable events, letters of forgiveness, letters that are frank and funny. During all this time working at the hospice Stella is hiding her own hearbreak. Since Vincent’s accident in Afghanistan their relationship hasn’t been the same both physically and emotionally. Both Stella and Vincent are struggling with their emotions of how they’ve coped since this terrible event. Can they learn to let go of these emotions and move on?
We meet some wonderful characters in the hospice. Hope, is a young woman suffering with CF, after a particularly nasty infection she was taken to the hospice to recover and gain strength. I loved how Rowan called this character this name as reading through the novel Hope left me feeling invigorated and optimistic. I don’t want to give you any spoilers but I loved how the author developed Hope’s storyline, it was courageous and heartwarming.
Another character I enjoyed was Hugh. He was quite a complex character at the begining but he slowly grew on me and I would love to know what happens next for him.
This novel is one of those special stories that will stay with you for a long time. It was emotional, tragic, heartwarming, romantic, inspiring and beautiful. It also had a cat with great ‘catitude’, one of the best cat characters I’ve read in a long time.
An uplifting, beautiful, heartfelt 5/5* read.
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