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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.