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Book Thoughts: We Are All Made of Stars (Rowan Coleman)

Soppy books are normally not my thing, but….

★★★★★★★

Title: We Are All Made of Stars
Author: Rowan Coleman
Genre:
 Fiction / Contemporary
First published: 2015
Edition: Paperback, published by Ebury Press in 2016

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 her husband 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 containing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings – from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent – and usually she delivers each letter to the recipient after he or she has died.

***

No, indeed, earjerker is not my genre and yet, there is something about the way this author writes that just works for me. It never feels like drama for drama’s sake. The stories told in this book (there are several interlinked) feel like they need to be told, like they are important.

There are a few stories that intertwine throughout the book and they all deal with death in one way or another. With dying, death of a loved one, mourning and moving on. Now, this is not a subject I tend to seek out and neither am I a sucker for books that make me cry. However, this one did make me cry, quite a bit, out of sadness, compassion, but most of all hope and love.

I am aware all of that sounds very soppy indeed, but I honestly feel like this book was so heartwarming, so honest, but also raw sometimes. It did not shy away from really heavy subjects, but the author has such a lovely touch, that I could still enjoy the read. And I did enjoy it, a lot. In fact, I think this was a fantastic read.

This was my second novel by this author. The first one I read, The Summer of Impossible Things, was magical realism and had time travel! This one was firmly rooted in the real world. I loved both a lot.

I am very happy to know that there are plenty more books by this author to read, so I am sure I will be reading more in time.

7 out of 7 stars

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