We are all made of Stars By Rowan Coleman

We are all made of Stars By Rowan Coleman

This title will be released on May 21, 2015.

Do not miss me, because I will always be with you…I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved… Wherever you look, I will be there.

Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war.

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 Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book, so I was really pleased as Rowan is one of my favourite authors. The storyline to this book is a sad one but it makes you appreciate life. It is an emotional book, so I did find myself crying in a few parts, I felt myself drawn to all the characters, they all have a big part in this book and I felt myself drawn to them all. I really liked the way the letters were brought into this story, I think it is such a lovely thing to do. This book has been researched extremely well, I think this book will remind me that I should appreciate my life and what I have as there are people out there that are less fortunate. Such an inspirational book.

If you would like to purchase this book, click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Are-All-Made-Stars

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Life, Death and Vanilla Slices by Jenny Eclair

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices by Jenny Eclair

Jean Collins had two daughters. But she only loved one of them. She knew it was wrong, but she just couldn’t help herself. Jess was a little sweetheart – everyone said so. Anne was awkward and serious and not much fun, to be frank.

But now the years have passed. Jess is missing – run off long ago, no one knows where or why. So when Jean is left in a coma after a road accident, it’s Anne who travels back up north to sit with her mother. And she wonders – why did Jean dash out into the roadLife, Death, Vanilla Slices without looking? And why was she carrying a box of vanilla slices, the cream cakes she only ever bought for extra special occasions? Meanwhile there are secrets waiting for Anne and Jean, back at the old family home. Secrets that were buried a long time ago……

My Thoughts:

Jenny Eclair is a new author to me, I found this book a real page turner I managed to read it over two days and didn’t want it to end. The unfolding stories of Anne and Jean’s were real and it made me really care about the characters and what happened to them. I found the ending quite emotional as this is a book about honest family relationships, consequences of choices and the ways in which dreams in both their collapse or their fulfilment may change the course of our lives. And who doesn’t like a vanilla slice?!

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?life-after-life-e1364310158304

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? and third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? and would you even want to?

What’s it all about:

On a chilly and snowy night in the 1910’s a baby girl called Ursula is born, unfortunately she dies even before she can take her first breath. On the same day a baby girl is born called Ursula lets out a hearty cry and embarks on a life a little out of the ordinary. As she becomes older she dies on many occasions in many different ways.

My thoughts:

I really wanted to like this book, it took me a while to get in it, I don’t read many books set back in 1910’s .The amount of time Ursula dies was tiring to get through. I had to read this book in pure concentration otherwise i was at fault in missing something which i occasionally did and would have to go back and re read the chapter.