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 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 he or she has died.
That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time to give her patient one final chance of redemption…
When I pick a book up by Rowan Coleman I know, for one, that it is going to be good, secondly it will probably be emotional.
We Are All Made Of Stars was definitely both.
I did struggle slightly at the start of the story as it jumps quite a bit from different characters and to the letters that Stella writes on behalf of her patients but it wasn’t long before I got used to the style of how the story was being told and what a fantastic story it was.
The story is set over 7 days. Through Stella we get to find about the troubles in her marriage with Vincent since being injured in Afghanistan and the patients and some of their background that she cares for.
There are quite a few characters in this story but my personal favourites were Stella, Issy, Hugh, Hope and Ben. I was drawn more to their characters than others in the story but I think that was more to do with their own story in this book.
As parts of the story are set in the hospice with patients that are there basically seeing out their days until the end and also featuring quite a few letters that Stella has written for the patients to be sent to their friends and loved ones when they die, obviously We Are All Made Of Stars is going to be a very emotional read. Even though there is a lot of sadness in this story there were also parts that made me smile and were sweet and funny. Rowan does a wonderful job in how she approaches a potentially upsetting subject but then tells it so well that we go through a mixture of emotions that we don’t expect.
We Are All Made Of Stars for me was much more than a story, it carries an important message to never take anything or anyone for granted, always make sure the people you love know how much and remind them often and lastly forgive and forget.
A wonderful story that Rowan Coleman fans new and old are going to love.
Many thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 5/5stars.