Friday, 25 March 2016
We Are all Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
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...
Firstly, my thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 4 star or 8/10.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Memory Book and whilst I enjoyed this one, it didn't grab me in quite the same way.
I don't think that I can blame it all on the book, as my mind was on other things at the same time that I read this. I didn't engage with the story as fully as I did with The Memory Book.
The story tells the tale of Stella a nurse entrusted with letters that she has written n the words of several of her patients, as they are nearing the ends of their lives. The letters are supposed to be passed on once the patients have passed away. However, Stella becomes torn about one of the letters and is unsure whether to deliver the letter sooner than she should. To find out what decison she makes, you need to read this story for yourself.
Stella also has problems of her own to come to terms with. Her husband Vincent was hurt while serving in Afghanistan. As we read on with the story, we are shown how Stella and Vincent learn to live and cope with the aftermath of the injuries. Will their marriage survive and will they both learn to love one another again, despite any negativity they both have about themselves.
Grab a copy and read on ......