We are All Made of Stars – Rowan Coleman

Pub Date – 21st May 2015

If I had to sum up this novel in one word, that word would be “heart”.  Then of  course, you would have all the words stemming from”heart” like “love”, “empathy”, “passion”, “family”, “friendship”, “connection”.  I guess I’d better put those words all together in some acceptable, legible form now!

I have to confess, I’d never read a Rowan Coleman novel before We Are All Made of Stars.  Then, I sort of got to “know” Rowan on Facebook and the penny dropped that here was an intelligent, witty, intuitive writer so I took the plunge.

This isn’t a fluffy book, it confronts big themes head on.  Stella Carey cares for others including the terminally ill patients she watches over at the hospice where she does night shifts.  She cares for them beyond the usual nursing duties by writing their final letters to  their loved ones – some filled with love, some with regret and some with a good dose of bitterness- so no, not fluffy.  Stella cares about her partner Vincent, recently returned from war and emotionally traumatised.  Like so many members of the caring profession, Stella has little time or energy to care for herself.

Rowan Coleman skillfully treads the tightrope between indifference and mawkishness to create a sensible and sensitive story about how we relate to life and death.  Not something we like to think of on a daily basis but lets face it, death and taxes, the only guarantees in life!   She has a genial style which draws you in and keeps you engaged.

A really good read and now  I have the delights of investigating her back-list.

My thanks to Ebury Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a review copy.

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