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The Day We Met

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,623 ratings  ·  910 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of The Accidental Mother, Rowan Coleman, an uplifting and incredibly moving novel in the spirit of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, about mothers, daughters, and one woman’s struggle to maintain her identity for the people she loves.

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address…

What would happen if your me
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Diane S ☔
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 a little different take on a book about a woman with Alzheimer's and the struggle of her family. Of course the nature of the disease itself is sad this book is written in a way that leaves the reader feel a great deal of joy and understanding as well. The story is told partly by the one with the illness as she realizes what, she is doing and what she will lose. The characters though are wonderful, little three year old, Esther provides a great deal of comic relief.

Ultimately this is about t
Tracy Fenton
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read some quote recently that a great book finishes too soon. Well that is certainly true here. I have had this book on my kindle for ages, but only decided to read it now due to my book club. Now I am annoyed with myself for waiting so long. This heart-breaking, beautiful, amusing in places book must be read by everyone. The last 10% was read through tears but now I need to go into a quiet room for a bit, digest everything I have just read and then tell my family how much I love them today xx
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire is an intelligent, attractive forty-something. She's the mother to two gorgeous girls; Caitlin aged 20 and Esther aged three. Claire is married to the man of her dreams. Greg came along quite late in her life, she'd already raised Caitlin single handedly, she had a great job as an English teacher and owned her own home. She and Greg met, fell in love and are now married and the parents to the delicious Esther. Life is sweet.

And then, life decides to kick Claire in the teeth. She's diagnos
Dale Harcombe
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire is in her forties when she is diagnosed the early onset Alzheimer’s, inherited from her father. Claire has a husband Greg who she met later in life. She also has two daughters, Caitlin who is 20 and Esther who is 3. Greg buys and gives Claire the memory book so she can write her memories, because they can just as easily disappear from her consciousness moments later. Sometimes her memory is such that she cannot even remember what a phone is called, how to work it or what the steering whee ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

Disappointed after all the hype and good reviews. I just didn't find it believable, and so many things didn't ring true. Can somebody who has completely lost the ability to read even simple sentences or a child's story book really still write perfectly eloquently in her Memory Book?

Lisa Genova's 'Still Alice' deals with similar subject matter so much more effectively and is an amazing novel which I still think about many months after finishing it.

I found myself skipping through severa
Larry H
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

So if you're averse to getting all choked up when reading a novel, even perhaps crying your eyes out at least a little bit, this is not a book for you. But it's one you shouldn't miss.

Claire has always been a free spirit, practically from the day she was born. She raised her older daughter Caitlin practically on her own, excelled in her career, and never expected to find love until Greg, a contractor, came to do some work on her house. But she was utterly smitten, and it
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Here we go again: another book receiving glowing accolades & a 4 star average rating that I would rate a mere 2.5 stars. I do think that I would've enjoyed this book much more were I at a different stage in my life...ten years or more ago when I preferred my books lighter and neatly finished, leaving me with a good feeling. To me this felt too shiny in places and wrapped up very sweetly in the end. This is a story with a very serious subject matter, the treatment of which I can only describe as ...more
I loved the way this novel takes a heavy topic — a woman’s struggle against early onset Alzheimer’s — and makes it something other than completely depressing. The book explores the relationships between Alzheimer’s victim Claire and her mother, husband, and two daughters. All the relationships take on more depth as the story moves between the present and flashbacks to the past. By celebrating life’s little moments, Cowan  strike lovely little notes of hope — not that Claire will escape the disea ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking forward to reading this book for so long and now that I have read it, I’ve been putting off posting my review as nothing I can say will do justice to this fabulous book.

Claire and Greg are very much in love and have only been married for a few short years. Together they have a 3 year old daughter Esther and Claire has a 20 year daughter, Caitlin, from a previous relationship. All seems perfect, except that it isn’t any longer. Claire has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheim
Emer (A Little Haze)
The Memory Book tells the story of Claire Armstrong a young wife and mother who has been diagnosed with familial early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Between the chapters of the novel are journal-type entries from the Memory Book of the title. This so-called memory book is a scrapbook / journal that each member of the family writes in to help Claire to remember and to retain the essence of herself. Each of these entries helps us to understand Claire's personality and to really care about the relatio
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's late and I've just finished reading with tears in my eyes so will reflect and review properly in the morning but just say Oh My God!!! 5 stars just isn't enough credit for this book
Rowan Coleman is truly a star

Okay I've slept and reflected so here is my full review....
Oh wow!! I read this following several friends recommendations and after a week of heading to bed early with my kindle finished late last night with tears in my eyes. This is such a stunning book following the lives of Claire
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I forgot I had this on my Kindle so I read it as fast as I could.

I have to say, this book is very sad, very emotional and very tearful. It also holds hope.

Claire, who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and we get to meet her entire family and how they interact with each other.

What a truly inspirational woman Claire was, she was a fighter she refused to lay down and just accept what fate had dealt her.

The relationship between her youngest was especially touching at times.

Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
I can see why this book has a lot of high ratings. The Day We Met is an emotional read with great characters. It is also a story of love, family, Alzheimer's Disease and recollections. A good read but fell a little short for me. 3.5 stars ...more
Joanne Robertson
This is another book that has sat on my kindle for far too long and that I read over Christmas during my kindle spring clean. I think I had been putting this one off since reading The Summer of Impossible Things, which I read last year and was in my top 3 reads of 2017. The reason I put The Memory Book off was because I was rather worried about reading it! This author seems to have an uncanny knack of bringing out very deeply hidden emotions in me-deeply hidden for a reason because I’m a very em ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Dearest Rose, published by Arrow in September 2012, was one of my favourite reads of last year. If you haven’t already read it, you really must. Having discovered Rowan Coleman's writing through that wonderful book - and realising I'd shamefully overlooked nine more - I just couldn’t wait for the release of The Memory Book. There were a tantalising few chapters at the end of my Kindle version of Woman Walks Into A Bar – 100% of the proceeds of which the author donated to Refuge, the domestic abu ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit, new-author
Claire is a bit of a free spirit. Once a single mother, she finally met Greg, the love of her life. Together they have a 3 year old daughter, Esther. It took a little time but Claire's daughter Caitlin, now a university student, accepted Greg as a stepfather. Sadly, Claire has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. She is recording her life in a scrapbook of family memories. Her mother has moved in, as Claire cannot be trusted to go out on her own. Caitlin is struggling with her ow ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I LOVED this book!!! It is my favorite Rowan Coleman book so far. Claire diagnosed with Alzheimer's at a young age, is newly married with two children(one of them only three.) It broke my heart how she couldn't remember her husband and then when she met the mysterious man, I felt horrible for her husband. This book touched me and brought to light that this disease affects not only the person, but their loved ones. This book is happy and sad all at once. I can't stop thinking about the family and ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
The cover of this book says, "As with Me Before you by Jojo Moyes, I couldn't put this down." I mean, really? That is a BOLD statement in my opinion and one that perhaps set this book up to be more than it was. First of all, this book is about a women who has early onset Alzheimer's which is HORRIBLY depressing. (have you read Still Alice?) But its weird because this book wasn't really depressing. It was--I don't even know. Anyway, something must be wrong with me because as of now, this book cur ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: like-it-like-it
This is my favourite read of the year so far and to be honest I think it will probably take some beating - it is just that good. I am already telling everyone I know who reads to buy it and read it, with a large box of tissues by the side!

It is the story of Claire who is 40 and married to Greg who is 10 years younger than her. They have a daughter Esther who is 3 and Claire has a daughter Caitlin who is 20 who she brought up as a single parent. They also live with her mother Ruth, who has come t
This for me was a fairly good read, but in my opinion, could have been rather a lot better. The book's main focus, is on the devastating and cruel disease, that we all know as Alzheimers. I have worked with individual's with Alzheimers for many year's and I am at this moment losing a close family member to it too. I lose a bit of them with each day that passes. With that said, some of the thing's in the story are not quite believable for me.
Such as, if an Alzheimers sufferer loses the ability t
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

The Day We Met is the story of Claire, who is suffering from early onset alzheimer's disease. Shared memories of Claire's life are written in a memory book by Greg, Claire's husband, Caitlin, her eldest daughter, and Claire's mother, Ruth.This is an emotional read.
Julian Lees
I enjoyed this book until the last 20 pages. What a silly twist with the Greg / Ryan business! Ruined it for me.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I HATE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. This is an incredibly touching novel. I loved the mother/daughter theme when I thought the love story was going to be the main theme. That plays a bit more at the fringes of the storyline, but it is still very well done. Something is holding me back from giving this 5 stars. Not sure what exactly it is - more a gut reaction. Perhaps it is because this is a difficult topic for me; it hits close to home. No matter the reason, I am glad I read this book. But, it was real ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a bit to sickly and untrue for me
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library
This one exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend it if you enjoy stories about heavy topics that still have a hopeful feeling to them.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Free-spirited Claire Armstrong is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease when she is 43 years old. Her mom Ruth moves into Claire's house to help watch over her and Claire is increasingly frustrated as her slow memory deterioration causes her to lose her independence. During one of Claire's escapes, she meets a handsome stranger and she begins to question her relationship with her husband Greg, who she has already begun to forget. Claire's 21-year-old daughter Caitlyn returns home fr ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-books

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I bought The Memory Book after several recommendations from my fellow bloggers, but was warned it was possibly the wrong time to read it given my mum had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. So it was on a particularly brave day a few weeks after my mum passed away that I chose to read this book and really, I think I read the perfect book at the perfect time. It’s an emotional story but not grim at all. It has its moments of sadne
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love! With a new author - how can I not fall head over heels for someone who can move me as deeply as this with her words? She has reached so deeply inside me to touch my very soul with this stunning book.

Told from the unusual perspective of a woman with early onset alzheimers, it is poignant, sensitive, funny and harrowing all at once. Told in the voice of Claire, teacher, mother to 2 fabulous daughters, grown up Caitlin and 3 year old Esther, and daughter to Ruth. As Claires mind slips
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, adult, arc, ebook
Before diving into this review, shout out to Net Galley for giving me an advanced copy. (Woot! Woot!)

And now we dive.

This is such a hard topic to talk about. The mind is a crazy thing that we have yet to fully understand (and maybe we never will). I was interested in reading this one because I have personal experience with Alzheimer Disease, while it's not early on-set. My grandma has it, and it's definitely hard to be around sometimes. Sometimes I'm a different person that she knows (her sister
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve found this book incredibly hard to review. Not because I didn’t like it but I’ve spent the last 2 months completely speechless about it, unable to collect my thoughts into more than “waaaaaaaaah” while reaching for the box of tissues that is a must if reading this book! I’ve manned up though, so here it is!

The book is split into diary entries in the memory book that Claire starts, written by various people, and they were a joy to read. The main book is told by 2 viewpoints.
Claire who is su
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Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in the opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.

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