Book Review: 'We Are All Made of Stars' By Rowan Coleman.



This was my first read from Rowan Coleman and it certainly won't be my last. My Mum and sister, Jenny, have been recommending 'We Are All Made of Stars' for the longest time and back in January I finally picked it up. 

Blurb 

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

I don't even know where to begin with this book, it was just absolutely beautiful. I'm not sure why I felt compelled to read more sad books over January, I think it was a certain need and want to find answers and comfort in stories that touch on death and heartbreak. This book truly comforted me and delivered that in such a way I can't really explain. I cried at the letters, some of which just poured from the pages a love so strong that they made you believe in life and relationships and fighting for one another. Some letters made me giggle and some absolutely broke my heart, but every one drew me in just as much as the incredible characters in this book. 

Stella pulled at my heart strings and I was gripping the book so tight to see how she would find herself and if she and her husband would do more to try and fix their marriage. Her journey is heart wrenching but one that is rather special and again goes back to that beauty of life and relationships not being easy and that you have to work for things. Her job as a Nurse had me in awe- I will forever admire the work that Nurses, Doctors and all those working in hospitals and care homes do, they are amazing. 

I really enjoyed Hugh's story and found him extremely endearing. There were moments where his banter with Jake had me giggling out loud and I loved him getting to know his neighbours. I think my favourite story that weaved it's way through this book was Hope and Ben though. There was something about Hope that I was drawn to and utterly adored and admired. She had me on the verge of tears in some parts and then laughing in others. Her inner dialogue, how she looked at life and how her brain overthought everything and thought the worst of things was very relatable but seeing her grow and face her fear and not want to let her illness dictate her life was incredibly inspiring. Also, her friendship with her best friend made me smile so big and was the cutest and just loveliest thing. 

I feel this book will make you want to live and love that much more. There was such a beauty and power in reading about these people who are looking back on their lives, not all old, some young as well, and being at peace and coming to an understanding of their journey and what legacy they want to leave behind. It felt like a truly special read that we were allowed a glimpse into their most vulnerable moments and I think it was such a strong reminder that we don't know what other people are going through or have been through and that we should always be kind to one another. 

Love is what ties all these wonderful characters together, be it love for family, a lover, a friend, a pet. Love is what really keeps us all going and love is what is still there in our hearts when people can no longer be with us. 

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this special book today: 'We Are All Made of Stars'

Happy reading.
Love


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