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We Are All Made of Stars

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,702 ratings  ·  831 reviews
What if you had just one chance, one letter you could leave behind for the person you love? What would you write?

Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as Vincent locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traum
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by Ebury Press
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May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You'd expect a book where a hospice takes centre stage, to be extremely depressing. It wasn't, but it WAS incredibly moving, yet also joyous and funny. Stella is a nurse at Marie Francis hospice. She is experiencing marital problems - her husband Vincent is a war veteran who was injured in Afghanistan, and he finds it difficult to come to terms with what happened to his friends and himself. Though she leads a troubled life, Stella takes it upon herself to write letters from patients to their res ...more
Elyse Walters
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was sobbing!
Those who are seriously ill - or living with the aftermath from a horrific injury - or know they are dying- 'do' find ways to comfort themselves....
but how?
One way is is to write letters to people you love. Or ask your Hospice Nurse to write them for you.

The letters written in this story are searingly honest, unpretentious, written with grace,
and are heartbreaking.

Intimacy is the space from where Rowan Coleman comes from. From start to finish
all her characters exude authentici
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, arc, netgalley

Stella used to be a trauma nurse, these days she works nights at the Marie Francis Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre, avoiding time with her husband who is newly returned from fighting in Afghanistan. Her feelings for him have not changed, but he has changed. Try as she might, she can’t “fix” him, and truth be told, it’s the last thing he wants, for her to fix him.

Some of the patients at Marie Francis will not be leaving, some will but there are several who are spending their last days there. F
Ashton Jade Gibbs

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"If there's one thing I've learnt while I've been working the night shift at Marie Francis it's that this is the one thing that sets us apart from other animals, the one thing that makes us human. Hope."

We Are All Made of Stars is the beautifully written and heartfelt story of several characters, all of whom are facing their own fears whilst grasping on to hope that things can get better. Though the synopsis only mentions Stella's story, we see s
Debbie Oliphant
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book that I could not put down and it is 1:00 am. WOW. The excerpt sucked me in and I feel emotionally spent.

Stella is a hospice nurse who works the nightshift. She has made it her duty to write letters, the final words, of her patients. She is also distancing herself from her husband who has returned from Afghanistan, injured and broken. Vincent cannot forgive himself for surviving and does what he can to push Stella away.

Stella tends to a new patient who wants her to send
Karen Rush
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I learned that what people say has a thousand times more meaning when it’s written down. Words become immortal, beautiful, personal, heartfelt and special. A letter is a memory that will never be lost, will never fade or be forgotten.” Stella.

Stella is a nurse who is currently working the night shift at Marie Francis Community Hospice and Rehabilitation Center. She is a caring, selfless woman who goes beyond her nursing responsibilities by writing letters for patients approaching death to someo
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is beautifully sad and it’s a real life changer. I will definitely not only be buying it but reading it at least 9 more times.

Such a heartfelt gut wrenching cosy book ❤.i am in love with this author.
I am going to be a grumpy voice among the deafening choir of sobbing, clamouring and entreating fans of this pretty little piece of fiction titled, "We Are All Made Of Stars". Yes, it is pretty. The cover art shows Ursa Major and Minor, the distinctive "W" of Cassiopeia and tenderly tucked beside the title, twinkles the outline of another "constellation" - a heart- among the stars.

This is fiction for those who have never lost their hearts to death, to the utter sadness and despair of terminal i
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gosh! If this doesn't pull at your heartstrings, I doubt anything will. What a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, life, and the truly compassionate and incredibly strong side of human nature. Remember to never give up and always value those you love. Anyone who enjoys emotional stories with very real feeling characters needs to read this book!
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We Are All Made of Stars follows the lives of three people: Stella, a hospice nurse whose husband has recently returned from Afghanistan with physical, mental and emotional injuries, Hope, a young woman with cystic fibrosis who is staying in the hospice to recuperate after a close brush with death, and Hugh, a nearly middle-aged historian whose consistent - and boring - life is interrupted when a single mother moves next door.

Throughout the book, Stella writes final letters for patients who do
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This lovely book was everything I thought it would be and just what I needed. I have been reading so much that has left me disheartened and weighed down by my own cynicism and gloom but this book was a gentle reminder of what is true and most important … and most of all, it reminded me of the innate kindness of human beings (or at least SOME of them).

I love epistolary stories. I know it's hopelessly old fashioned and certainly low-tech in this age of text messages and email but there is somethi
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book where you just... *sigh* when you've finished it. I loved the book. Have been near to tears at various points. It's full of feelings and love. It's highly unique with all the letters in between. It's so inspiring to read what a person would tell a loved one when he/she died.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into books

A great feel-good story including the not-feeling-so-good parts. I rushed through by the way, finished it within a day. The letters in this book are unique and thi
Emer (A Little Haze)
...what people say has a thousand times more meaning when it's written down. On the page, the words become immortal, beautiful, personal, heartfelt, special. They are words that will always be there, to be read again and again, and again.

A letter is a memory that will never be lost, will never fade, or be forgotten.

‘We Are All Made of Stars’ follows the stories of a group of people whose lives revolve in and around a hospice and respite centre in London.

We meet Stella, a night nurse in the
C.L. Taylor
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We Are All Made of Stars is an exceptional, beautifully-written, heartrending book that will stay with me for a very long time. Hugely moving - it made me want to wrap my arms around those I love and never let them go - and yet imbued with hope and life, it's the most incredible read. I felt bereft when it ended.
A beautiful, moving story of hope, love, dedication and the strength of the human spirit. Stella is a nurse at the Marie Francis Hospice and Rehabilitation Center, caring for those living out their last days. She writes letters for them to those they love expressing their final thoughts and desires. These letters, which appear between chapters, give an extra depth to the story. The focus of the novel though are Stella,along with Hope, a 21 year old afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis, and Hugh, a lon ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5. At first it felt like a typical chicklit book, but it turned out to be quite wonderful!
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rowan Coleman you have made me cry, again! Followers of my blog will know that The Memory Book was one of my Top 10 reads of last year and now Rowan has written another emotional story which will tug at your heart strings.

The main character is ex-trauma nurse, Stella, who works nights at the Marie Francis Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre. She works nights so that she and her former soldier husband Vincent can mostly avoid each other. Stella looks at Vincent with love. Vincent looks at Stella an
Sally Whiteside
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book for sometime and decided to take it on holiday with me and I am glad I did. I loved this book and the characters and story. Beautifully written and glad this was my first with this author.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was beautifully written. The author definitely has a way with words.

This book contained different stories, all dealing with some kind of death. The stories didn't start out being that different. So for me, it was a tad too slow to start. I just wasn't drawn into it, but I stayed with it because I was loving the writing. I'm glad I hung in there, the ending was worth the wait. It was definitely sweet, complete with a big fat red bow. Usually that is a negative for me, but it seemed to work
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book was so good! The plot was really touching and the writing style definitely helped realising that. Also, I shed a few tears while reading this book, so definitely don't read this book during your commute (like I did..).
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading real books, and writing real letters; these are two things that I have spent my life doing. Some days I am glad that I am older, and that I probably won't be around when real books and actual letters that arrive in the post disappear altogether. Rowan Coleman has captured, within this story, the emotions that are instilled when a hand-written letter is received, the joy of receiving, the recognition of the time and effort spent on the writing and the ability to keep the letter for ever, ...more
Tracy Fenton
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am finding it difficult to write this review through the tears. OMG, this is one of the most thought-provoking, heart-breaking books I have read in a long time. Stella works in a hospice and writes the last letters for the dying patients whilst dealing with her own emotional issues, Hope is a young CF sufferer dealing with her own immortality and confusing love life, Hugh is just minding his own business plodding along trying to survive life. Rowan Coleman has brilliantly interwoven this chara ...more
4.5 stars

Omg I loved this! So sad yet so sweet and funny. I listened to this as I walked to and from work and at one point I’d be laughing and other times I’d almost be at tears, screwing up my face — I bet the people driving past thought I was a right weirdo.
I also loved the letters and all the different perspectives. Ben and Hope were my fave👏🏼
When they are facing their last moments on earth people want to put all their affairs in order. Hospice nurse, Stella, helps her patients by penning their words into letters and making sure those words get to the appointed person. It brings peace and some comfort. Stella, herself, has no such closure when it comes to her own life. Every day, she and her wounded war veteran husband grow further and further apart. But Stella is not the only one trying to find her way, the book also spotlights a tw ...more
Louise Beech
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Sometimes the best books are the ones you wait and wait to read, as though your subconscious somehow knows that the sooner you read it, the sooner it will be over forever. And now that it is, I'm bereft. Everything I love in a book was present. The use of letters. The very, very real characters, especially Stella, a nurse doing an extraordinary job (vocation, not job, really) while going through her own ordeals. Just beautiful. If you've waited, don't wait any longer.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dear Rowan Coleman

I love you! I didn't think you could surpass the brilliance of The Memory Book, but I was wrong! We Are All Made of Stars is beautiful, moving, uplifting and inspirational. These are just four of many many words I could use to describe this masterpiece. I read many books that leave me going 'oh wow, what a great read', but this is a step up from that. This isn't just a story, to me it was so much more than that. It touched me and it feels like a powerful reminder of how importa
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, kindle, net-galley
What a wonderful book- it had me drawn in from page one and I really couldn't put it down.

A cast of characters centre around the Marie Francis hospice and Stella is the connection to the main stories in the book. She works nights at the hospice, spending time with the patients and their families to avoid being home at the same time as her husband. He suffered horrific injuries in Afghanistan and hasn't been the same man since he returned. They feel their relationship is in trouble and are dealin
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started out this book trying to stay entertained. I had a hard time staying engaged with three different characters--ones I knew were connected yet hadn't ironed out how that early. It didn't take me long to both find a connection and to fall into love with each character and his/her story.

This book reminds me of one of my favorite movies of all time: Love Actually (and not just Bc of the British slang!). The seemingly disconnected characters are all connected by different thin strands, and a
Sally Cunliffe
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what an amazing read, I had no idea what the book was about and hadn't even read the blurb, I was hooked and in tears by page 2 , a sad but uplifting book ,
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rowan Coleman - you did it again - tore my heart in two, then sewed it back together. I'm clearly a more sensitive soul than I imagined, I sobbed my way readily throughout this stunning work, but by the end, even though I felt as though I'd been through the wringer, had a big smile on my face. It IS uplifting and it's also heart wrenching, especially if you've ever lost someone and not had the time to say your goodbyes.

This book cleverly tells the stories of several people, there is Stella (Stel
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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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“Do not miss me, because I will always be with you. In every drop of rain that touches your tongue, in every breath of air you inhale. In the tips of the leaves that you brush with your fingertips as you pass by. I will be there, in every moment. I am not gone, I am only altered, from this state of matter to another. For a moment, for too brief a moment, I was the man that loved you, but now that I am changed, I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved.

You and I, and all of life, we were all born out of the death of a star, millions of billions of years ago. A star that lived long and then, before its death, burned at its brightest, its fiercest - an enflaming supernova. But when it died, it did not cease to exist; instead everything it was made of became part of the universe once again, and everything that is part of the universe will once more become part of us.

So do not miss me, because I do not die; I transform - into the wind in the tops of the trees, the wave on the ocean, the pebbles under your foot, the dust on your bookshelves, the midnight sky.

Wherever you look, I will be there.”
“You can't worry about the rest of the world, never mind the rest of the universe. All you can do is look to your left and your right and try to be kind to whoever is there.” 11 likes
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