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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.

Rowan Coleman Reveals Two New Books For 2015

Runaway WifeI’ve two bits of news about Sunday Times bestselling author Rowan Coleman.

One. Ebury Publishers are reissuing her award winning story ‘Dearest Rose’ and it will be released again as ‘Runaway Wife’

The story of ‘Runaway Wife’ is –

Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back – and her most precious possession, her seven-year-old daughter Maddie.

But Rose does have one other thing left – a glimmer of hope that she can build a better life for herself and her daughter, whatever it takes…

I read ‘Dearest Rose’ a number of years ago and it truly is an inspirational and moving story.

You can buy Runaway Wife from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

And the second piece of news, is that Rowan is also releasing another book this year sweetly called ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’.

We Are All Made Of StarsThe story of ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is –

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…

‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ sounds like a beautifully moving and emotional story.

You can pre-order We Are All Made of Stars from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st May 2015.

Scarlett Bailey

Scarlett BaileyScarlett Bailey has loved writing stories since childhood. Before writing novels she worked as a waitress, cinema usherette and bookseller. Scarlett also writes novels under her real name Rowan Coleman. Currently she lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, five children and a very large collection of beautiful shoes.

  1. To the readers of the website, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
    Hello, I’m Scarlett Bailey, and I and the not very secret alter ego, of Novelist, Rowan Coleman, although I am younger and prettier then she is, and I am a better disco dancer.
  2. You write under the pseudonym of Scarlett Bailey. What is the difference in Scarlett’s and Rowan’s writing?
    Well, I write really fun, whimsical, romantic comedies, that have lots of charm and heart, and hot men and kissing. Rowan writes books that a little more thoughtful and serious, though there’s still humour and kissing.
  3. What’s the best thing about being a Christmas writer?
    Being able to eat mince pies from July as research.
  4. If you were starting your writing journey again, would you do anything differently?
    Nothing, honestly. I really mean that. You have to try and write, learn your craft, read a lot of books, have a life, think about the reasons you want to write (never do it for money or glory, there’s not much of that) take the ups with the down, the rough with the smooth, the stubble with the clean shaven.
  5. What do you enjoy most about Christmas?
    Chocolate Oranges. And buying presents for other people, I like to try and get something that will make their eyes light up.
  6. What book did you read that made you decide to become an author?
    I don’t think there was one book, I think there were hundreds, maybe thousands. But I suppose actually, when I read ‘High Fidelity’ by Nick Hornby, I thought, ‘Oh that’s the kind of writer I’d like to be.
  7. What is the hardest part of the writing process?
    The middle bit, where it feels like walking through treacle.
  8. If your latest book ‘Two Weddings And A Baby’ was adapted for screen, who do you imagine playing the roles of Tamsyn and Jed?
    Good question!!! I don’t know, actually…. what do the readers think?
  9. What’s been the proudest moment of your writing career to date?
    Well, that Rowan Coleman’s latest book ‘The Memory Book’ has been selected for the Richard and Judy Book club Autumn selection, which was pretty, pretty special. She hasn’t shut up about it.
  10. Who is your favourite literary hero/heroine?
    Jane Eyre, I love her.
  11. Was there ever a book that left you disappointed?
    Many, but I’m too classy to name them here.
  12. 12. And finally Scarlett, do you have any new projects coming up on the horizon?
    I am thinking about two more novels based around the Thorne Family, there are two more sisters that have stories yet to be told, brilliant Cordelia and wonderful Keira.

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