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Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

The Summer Of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman

The Summer Of Impossible Things‘The Summer Of Impossible Things’ is the latest book by Rowan Coleman.

How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother’s life. Even if it means sacrificing her own.

When it comes to Rowan Coleman, she’s been known for writing books that tug at the heartstrings, touching on sensitive issues such as domestic abuse and illness, stories that stay with you long after you reached the final page.

Her latest book, is something completely different for Rowan, something she was very honest about and worried how people would react to it, but for me, I adored this selfless tale about time travel.

The story is seen through the eyes of Luna, the eldest of two sisters, who returns to Brooklyn after her mother’s sudden death, with her younger sister Pea. They’ve been sent to New York to tie up some loose ends but it’s on this journey that their mother reveals a horrible secret through the power of a Super 8 camera. This secret is the reason Luna is alive and is also the reason behind her terrible death. It’s after this revelation that Luna has to figure out her fate and discovers that she’s capable of time travelling. She travels back to 1977 when her mother meets her father and falls in love. Luna becomes her mother’s friend as well as falling for a Michael, but as Luna delves further into past, her own future becomes uncertain.

I thoroughly loved this story, Luna is a beautiful and practical character who’s a selfless and kind person. With trying to change her mother’s past, she possibly might jeopardise her own future, but she’s determined to keep her mother safe. It’s not only in the past that she’s a protective person, but also in the present tense, she’s conscious of her younger sister and her troubled past of addiction. Her relationship with her mother is also strangely lovely, as they become firm friends, forging a bond with each other.

Beautifully and cleverly written with a captivating plot that was impossible to put down. I adored this poignant tale from the very beginning. Wonderfully reminiscent ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ which is one of my favourite books, ‘The Summer Of Impossible Things’ is a magical and emotional roller coaster about bravery and love, a tender triumph of a story.

You can buy The Summer of Impossible Things from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Book News – The Other Sister By Rowan Coleman Previously Published As Lessons In Laughing Out Loud

'The Other SisterEbury Press are reissuing one of Rowan Coleman’s previous novels, ‘The Other Sister’ (formerly published as Lessons In Laughing Out Loud), if you haven’t read ‘Lessons In Laughing Out Loud’ it’s a must read for fans of Rowan Coleman.

The story of ‘The Other Sister’ is –

Willow and Holly are identical twins, as close as two sisters can be. But while Holly has gone through life being the ‘good twin’, Willow has always been the less than perfect one. Holly is happily married, Willow is divorced and almost twice her twin’s size. And while she puts on a brave face to the world, Willow knows she’s been hiding her unhappiness for far too long.

So when the past catches up with her, Willow realises it’s finally time for her to face her fears and – with her sister’s help – finally deal with the secrets of their childhood before it’s too late.

Recently Rowan has revealed the title of her 2017 novel, called ‘The Summer of Impossible Things’, more news will be released on that book soon.

In the meantime, you can pre-order The Other Sister from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th November 2016.

Rowan Coleman News – A Home For Broken Hearts

A Home For Broken HeartsEbury Publishing are reissuing one of Rowan Coleman’s previous novels, ‘A Home For Broken Hearts’, formerly published as ‘The Happy Home For Broken Hearts’

The story of ‘A Home For Broken Hearts’ is –

Once upon a time, Ellen Woods had her ‘happily ever after’ moment when she married her beloved Nick. But fifteen years later her husband’s tragic death with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son and a mountain of debt.

On the verge of losing the family home Ellen decides to rent out some rooms, and all too soon a whole host of characters enter her ordered but fragile existence – each with their own messy life in tow. But will this be enough to pull her out of her grief so she can learn to live – and love – again?

Sounds like another heartbreaking and tearjerking tale from Rowan.

You can pre-order A Home for Broken Hearts from Amazon and will be available to buy feom good bookshops from 5th November 2015.

We Are All Made Of Stars By Rowan Coleman

We Are All Made Of Stars‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is Rowan Coleman’s latest book.

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…

Rowan Coleman has a special gift of writing an incredibly witty and heartbreaking tale that tugs at your heartstrings and usually leave you in a bawling mess in a public place and ‘We Are All Made of Stars’ was no different.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Stella Carey, a hospice nurse who works long hours, to provide the disaster that is her life. Heartbroken that her marriage is falling apart and the love of her life, Vincent is pushing her further away, as he deals with being injured in Afghanistan, losing a limb and his best friend, he blames himself for the death and takes his anger out on Stella. Even though the hospice is depressing and filled with pain and fear, Stella finds solace in her job and she has helped the patients with dealing with their impending deaths, by writing letters for their loved ones or people that they have encountered over the years and when the person has passed away, the letter is then passed on, leaving a little bit of hope and happiness behind.

Hope, is a young woman who hasn’t properly lived her life, burdened with Cystic Fibrosis, everyday is a struggle and a fear that she will become much more ill, she has come to the hospice for respite. Her best friend Ben is there for her, with his lust for life and for her, they have a fun and happy relationship where they both look out for each other, he makes her smile and she helps him escape from the drama of his depressed mother and abusive stepfather. The pair of them made me laugh and smile throughout the story, as they became closer and he visited her daily, not only brightening her day but also the residents of the hospice. And finally there is Hugh, a quiet, meek man who lives alone with his cat, Jake. He lives a lonely life, after his father died but he has an even deeper sadness in heart as when he was a child, his mother left them without a proper explanation. Years later, he receives a sudden letter that might change but that he only if he acts on it and doesn’t leave it too late.

Although the setting of the story is quite depressive, Rowan has successfully achieved to write a story in that location that is filled with hope and I’m not just talking about one of the main characters. The plot flows at an emotionally moving and delicate pace, that really gripped my attention but with every sad moment, there is a lighter element that lifts the readers attention. The addition of the residents letters throughout the story made for particularly interesting reading, in some letters people poured their hearts out, whilst others had a little rant or told funny stories, regularly I found myself wiping a tear from my eye. The story is filled with genuinely entertaining, warm and gentle characters that I had a strong empathy with, ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is an inspirational and loving story that is all about never giving up and made for addictive reading.

You can buy We Are All Made of Stars from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.