We Are All Made of Stars: A Novel by Rowan Coleman (Epub)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2016
  • Number of pages: 352 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 1.43 MB
  • Authors: Rowan Coleman

Description

“Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars” (Good Housekeeping). “A beautiful web of a book” (Jodi Picoult), this life-affirming novel tells an unforgettable story about second chances, the power of words, and the resilience of the heart.

A dedicated nurse, Stella finds comfort at the hospice where she works the late shift, especially since her husband returned from Afghanistan—cold, distant, and shattered by painful memories he refuses to share. The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a perplexed husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed.

Suddenly Stella is faced with a dilemma: A woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before. The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule—and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate.

Navigating passion and grief, loyalty and loss, and a marriage threatened by silence and secrets, Stella discovers that letters hold a special power: granting solace, saving memories, nurturing relationships. As the words endure, love redeems.

Praise for We Are All Made of Stars

“A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die—and live—without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that’s a tear in your eye.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and The Storyteller

“We Are All Made of Stars will break your heart and put the pieces back together—fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, this one is right up your alley.”—Refinery29

“Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A powerful, emotional read.”—RT Reviews

User’s Reviews

Review “A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die—and live—without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that’s a tear in your eye.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things “We Are All Made of Stars will break your heart and put the pieces back together—fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, this one is right up your alley.”—Refinery29 “Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life.” —Booklist (starred review) “A powerful, emotional read.”—RT Reviews “Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars.”—Good Housekeeping “Coleman has written a poignant story that examines the value of life, love, and forgiveness. . . . A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story.”—Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ There are 3 main storylines in this book – Stella the hospice nurse with a husband just home from Afghanistan, lonely Hugh still grieving for his mother twenty years after she left, and Hope, a CF patient back in the hospital after her best friend’s kiss. All of the storylines run together through the hospice and a funny black cat. It’s an interesting book, but I found some of the storylines much more engaging than others. I particularly enjoyed reading about Hope’s recovery and her closeness with her handsome, quirky friend Ben (he’s the closest thing to a manic pixy dream man I’ve ever read). I read this book because the reviews compare it to novels by Jojo Moyes and I really liked most of her books. I didn’t think this was quite as good as those (especially Me Before You), but I did like it.

⭐ This was an interesting book about life and death and living. Getting through the good and bad and embracing life. Good character development. I would have given it 5 stars but couldn’t because of foul language. For some reason female British authors use the f-word ALOT. So unnecessary and adds nothing to the plot or dialogue. Normally, I would have deleted this book, but I liked it. I would have liked it better without trying to avoid the offensive words.

⭐ This book is a study into human emotions and behaviors. It demonstrates the human need to tie up loose ends. There are several lessons contained in simple words and basic stories. First is to be engaged in living in the present, actually choosing to live no matter the circumstances. The last is to try to amend for past regrets if only by writing a letter to be left after death. Life and death require involvement. Enjoy this inspiring look into human nature.

⭐ Such a good book, but keep the tissues handy.Centers around a hospice/rehabilitation center in London and told in different character voices. Lots of it features letters written by Stella (a nurse) for those saying their last goodbyes. Stella, Hugh and Hope (our voices) each have their own issues with death…Stella as a nurse cares for those staring it in the face, Hugh lost his beloved mom at age 10 and Hope feels she is living on borrowed time (at 21) with a life-shortening disease.There are quite a few themes here…how people change throughout their lives (sometimes due to outside circumstances, sometimes just due to life), guilt and forgiveness, the strength to be vulnerable and being honest with ourselves/facing our demons. This story spoke to me on several levels, and I found myself highlighting so many of the insights. My only caveat is that I wish the author had also included characters with Christian faith/ideals of life after death. But overall a great story and one I recommend.

⭐ Some of my favorite stories are those that have multiple, intersecting storylines with just as many POVs. They’re somewhat like the movie Love, Actually in written form. We Are All Made of Stars was such a story and I loved it. It was at times heartbreaking, but also witty and touching. A couple of light romantic threads were woven within larger messages regarding death, grief, and reconciliation. The author did a wonderful job in tying them altogether in a satisfying conclusion filled with hope and a mysteriously all-knowing cat, aka the Mayor of London.

⭐ I really enjoyed this book, up until the very end. I loved the letters, I thought they were actually one of the best parts of the book. I’m not sure about the reviewers who complained about the f-word, the swearing in this book was never gratuitous but maybe since swearing does not bother me I don’t really notice it. I enjoyed the characters and found the way they connected over time to be an interesting story development tool, not a distraction. My only real complaint, which maybe should not be a complaint, is that it wrapped up so nicely and neatly at the end that it felt a little fake. I’m not sure what kind of “messy” I would have preferred, but somehow I was left just a little dissatisfied when I finished the book. Other than that, I really did enjoy this book.

⭐ A beautiful story, with interesting characters, powerful emotions, and quirky instances, this novel about a hospice nurse is incomparable. The feelings and interactions between characters are fraught with complexities and simple love. Rowan Coleman is a brilliant writer who pulls in the reader and doesn’t let go until after the book has ended. This is a rare novel that got me caring about all the disparate characters. It is about relationships, and there is humor, warmth, and sadness. I read about 40 books a year, and this was the best book I’ve read in a long time. As close to perfection as possible!

⭐ This book blew me away. The author’s depictions of the characters who were approaching death was absolutely beautiful. I found myself in tears numerous times throughout the book. It shows that the author ‘did her homework’ with the dying; she handles a very difficult subject with pathos, directness and, ultimately, beauty. Equally noteworthy was how she handled the stories of those who were not transitioning from this life; her characters were richly and realistically depicted. She even handles one character’s PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) with openness and directness, allowing us to see and feel how one person’s reaction to a life changing tragedy shaped the rest of his own life. Definitely a book not to pass by

⭐ I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this as my Amazon Prime book of the month….I just really liked the title.Through tears and laughter I fell in love with all of the characters and their journeys into finding their truths, their selves and their souls.This is one of the most wonderful tales I have ever read. It is most simply about the dying, their loved ones, a hospice nurse who writes their final letters for them, and a cat who supports them all.I heartily recommend this book to all who are coming to terms with dying and their family and friends who are discovering how to fully live while grieving and honoring the loss of loved ones.

⭐ This is the first time I have read this author. Great characters, plot, and loved the ending. I highly recommend this book.

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