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Days of Wonder

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,502 ratings  ·  209 reviews
A story about family, love and finding magic in everyday life, Days of Wonder is the most moving novel you'll read all year.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unfor
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Sphere (first published 2018)
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Louise Wilson
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom, a single father to Hannah, is the manager od a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and his cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl.

Hannah was diagnosed with a serious heart condition just before her fifth birthday. After her diagnosis, Tom, Hannah's father, gets his amateur dramatic group to create a faerie cavalcade outside Hannah's bedroom window. Now they hold a fairytale every day on the same date at the Willow Tree Theatre. H
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an absolutely emotional, riveting and engrossing read.
This shows us how to be thankful in life no matter what life throws at us.
There are brighter moments that shine through.

Toms wife walked out on him and they're daughter while she was very young thus leaving him to manage as a one parent family.

Hannah his daughter seems to be struggling one day so off he took her for tests, the worse comes to light, Hannah has a rare heart problem that will only get worse.

Raising his daughter is not eas
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-lit-uk
This book is beautifully written, smart, funny and moving.
Tom is the manager of the Willow Tree Theatre in a small town in Somerset. He is a single parent to Hannah, since she was 3 years old. When Hannah was young she was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition - Cardiomyopathy.
Hannah is now approaching her 16th birthday, she has her best friends, Jenna & Daisy and of course the whole theatre team as her extended family. But she is getting weaker, she finds she cannot do what she us
Andy Marr
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel guilty giving this only three stars because it was beautifully written, but I had too many problems with it to offer more. My main issue was its length. It was simply too long. While many have pointed to the wonderful cast of characters, too much time was given to their various dramas, and took away from the main relationship between anxious father Tom and his daughter, Hannah, which should have been given more focus. Some of the writing was also unforgivably cheesy, and the comedy occasi ...more
Rosemary Standeven
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“There is such a thing as magic”. A great opening line. This is a book about magic. Not just the magic that you find in fairy tales and fantasy books, or even with comic book heroes – all of which get a mention. “I just mean the idea that incredible things are possible, and that they can be conjured into existence through will, effort and love.” This is the magic of stories, of people, of life and living.
The book alternates chapter between two narrators; Tom – devoted father, actor and theatre m
Whispering Stories
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is the story of Hannah, who just before her 5th birthday, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Cardiomyopathy. Now just before her 16th birthday she is seeing the effects on her body that the condition can cause. Tiredness, fainting, breathlessness, etc. The doctors don’t know how long her heart will last.

Her single father Tom is the manager of the local theatre and every year for her birthday he has put on a show for his da
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Having read and absolutely loving A Boy made of blocks, I was super excited to have the privilege to read and review this one. Whilst it started out really well I found it sagged a bit in the middle and it was lacking something. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but to me the story was quite drawn out at times. A 3.5 star read for me
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, net-galley
I read this authors previous book A Boy Made Of Blocks and loved it. I’ve got to admit I was t sure the author could write another to the level of the previous book but he did well with this story.

This story is told through two points of view- Tom and his daughter Hannah. When Hannah is four years old they find out she has a serious heart condition. This affects both their lives as her health on a daily basis isn’t good. On each of her birthdays Tom puts on a show at the local theatre that he m
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I would like to thank the publisher for my proof copy. I enjoyed reading A Boy Made of Blocks and highly recommend it as it the story was inspired by Keith’s real- life relationship with his autistic son. Days of Wonder is a story about a very sad family drama. When Hannah was four she started to complain about feeling tired. Tom, Hannah’s dad did what most parents do, he took her to the doctors thinking that there’s nothing to worry about. But Tom is shocked when the doctor refers ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Full review to follow on the 4th of June as part of the blog tour.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved "A Boy Made of Blocks" when I read it a couple of years ago so I was beyond excited when I was invited to read this book. It's not out for a while and I usually read my review books close to their publication dates but I just had to start this one early as I was too excited and couldn't wait. I was also a little scared as I had very high expectations. Bear in mind that my main go to reads are crime fiction, the gorier the better so to say that this is not my usual cup of tea w ...more
Kath Middleton
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really did make me wonder – how can Keith Stuart possibly follow A Boy Made of Blocks? Believe me, he can and he has! A story about a young girl with a life-limiting heart condition, brought up by her single father who runs a provincial theatre that’s on its uppers, could have been so many things. It could have been depressing, or sentimental. It’s neither. Hannah is an edgy, intelligent girl who, though haunted by her probably lack of future, though often scared, takes life by the hor ...more
Audrey Gibson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved A Boy Made of Blocks but this one blew my mind. Its the best book I've read this year so far and in my top 3 all time favourites.

I instantly connected to the characters, in particular Tom and Hannah. The love they had as father and daughter was perfectly written in my opinion. Their crazy games and banter was so funny and I laughed a lot throughout but their love and respect for each other shone through.

Margaret was another favourite character for me, I would love to have a friend like h
Susan Johnson
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really was hesitant to read this as I was sure it was just a tear but it was so much more than that. Hannah is diagnosed with a serious heart condition at 5 and Tom, her single father, devotes his time to providing her magic and wonder. He is the manager of a small town theater company so he has his troupe of actors to draw on to support him. They also provide surrogate mothers for Hannah.

This is the story of joy, hope and living every moment to the fullest. It filled my soul and made me hap
Katy Noyes
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life-affirming, warm and moving father-daughter tale with a touch of magic and a lot of heart.

I loved Stuart's first and unhesitatingly knew I'd want to read this, his next. While the story is rather different, the author still takes us on a journey with a sympathetic family, with unspoken issues and deep-seated worries. Instead of centring round a child with autism, the heart of Hannah's family is just that - Hannah's heart. Since childhood, she and her father have known that her condition is g
Lauren Tess'x
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a deeply moving, beautiful book. I didn’t think Keith’s novel A boy made of blocks could be topped, but he’s done it.

Days of Wonder is a novel about love, life and magic and one in which Keith has again, provided us with a story based on his love of the theatre, he thought this would be an interesting and supportive place for his protagonist Hannah.

Tom, single father to Hannah, comes across as an overprotective father, he manages the local theatre where Hannah grows up.

During Hannah’s early
Monica Mac
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I LOVED this sensitively written, beautiful book!

Tom is the perfect dad - funny, empathetic and supportive of Hannah. Let's face it, fifteen is a tricky age and Hannah has a bit of the rebellious teenager in her too, even if most of the time she just doesn't have the energy to play up too much.

I loved the references sprinkled liberally throughout this book: to plays, playwrights, movies and comics. I also enjoyed the relationships that Tom and Hannah had with each other as well
Colette Lamberth
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a standing ovation.

When I read the blurb I thought this may be unbearably sad but in truth I found it uplifting. That’s not to say there were no tears. Ton and Hannah are very likeable characters and you definitely feel the love between them. All the characters felt real and most had their own everyday issues to contend with. Collectively the theatre group showed what can be achieved when you have a common purpose. I need to mention Margaret too, she’s definitely someone you w
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what I needed to read. It was cute and whimsical and heartbreaking and made me feel.

Read it.
Rhonda Ruff
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet heartbreaking story. Just goes to show you never know what goes on in people’s lives! This story is about Hannah and her heart condition but it’s so much more! It’s about all the people that rallied around her in her time of need! I really enjoyed it!
Joanna Park
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, blog-tours
I was such a huge fan of A Boy Made Of Blocks so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to be on the blog tour for his next book, Days Of Wonder.  I did initially approach this book with a bit of trepidation as I didn’t think it would be able to be as good as A Boy Made Of Blocks.  I was wrong!

This book is just so wonderfully magical and heart warming.  Some of the descriptions of the things Hannah’s dad had done for her in her childhood were brilliant to read about and brought a lump to my
What an absolutely fabulous book this was! You know when you can tell from the very first pages it’s going to be a great book? It was like that! So let me tell you more about what I loved about this fabulous book:

I loved both Tom and Hannah, although I definitely had more of a soft spot for Tom, maybe even a slight book crush. They felt so real and I felt like I was actually part of their lives, not just a fly on the wall.
I loved the way Hannah and Tom told their stories through alternating chap
Linda Hill
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah has a heart condition and she and Dad Tom need to come to terms with life as it is.

Now, I’m going to be completely honest. I don’t think Days of Wonder will be everyone’s cup of tea and I think some readers will find it slightly too sentimental – a bit like an old black and white movie. For me, however, it was a complete and utter joy to read. It touched me heart and soul and I loved it. And, after all, fairy tales play a vital role in this story so no wonder I thought it was a magical re
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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An emotional storyline, characters you really care about, an element of romance and some added drama to keep you turning the pages: Days of Wonder hooked me from the first page right through to the last.

I don't want to give too much away about what happens, but I will say that this is an emotional read and you should prepare yourself with tissues if you're anything like me (emotional and very quick to cry!).

As the synopsis reveals, single dad Tom's daughter, Ha
Karen Mace
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully wonderful!! This is one of those books that I was a little apprehensive in picking up, after loving The Boy Made of Blocks so much, as I always worry that the follow up won't be as fabulous. But within a few pages I was emotionally involved with the father and daughter who this story revolves around, and the tenderness and respect between these characters was just so charming that you cannot help but keep turning the pages as you are eager to find out what challenges they are set to ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t think that Keith Stuart would be able to write a book any better than ‘A Boy Made of Blocks’ which I adored, but in ‘Days of Wonder’ he has managed to do so with ease. A story that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, literally making you laugh out loud one moment and then burst into tears the next. With characters you can’t help but fall in love with, you feel every emotion right along with them.

Beautifully written, ‘Days of Wonder’ is a heartwarming story of family and
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alright everyone, grab yourself a cup of tea and a slice of cake, have the tissues close by and be prepared to fall in love with the stunning new novel from Keith Stuart, who has a way with words that defies description.

It has been Tom and is little girl Hannah for as long as anyone can remember and when Hannah was diagnosed with a heart condition that will limit her life, Tom throws himself into making every day as magical as he can for his daughter. Managing the local theatre makes it a very i
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Days of Wonder is the gem of a book that you pick up and it draws you in, it's based around Hannah who has a rare heart condition and her father who has been a single parent most of her life.

This book brings the theatre to life, it weaves stories within stories and brings the magic of fairytales to centre stage.

Hannah has struggled for a long time with her heart condition and alongside her Dad they have both found coping mechanisms and love within their theatre family.

A book that makes you wan
Meital Ben-Daniel
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely read !
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 Oh Wow. Here is a list of words to describe this story… Beautiful. Powerful. Emotional. Heart-warming. Bold. Touching. Heart-breaking. Wonderful. Outstanding. Brave.

This story had me feeling a whole range of emotions from happy to sad. I actually cried towards the end and not many books make me cry… However, A Boy Made of Blocks made me cry too. This is such a beautiful story filled with love, hope, family and friends. Also a great community coming together.

I absolutely loved every single chara
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