Back of the book :
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 theses messages after their deaths.
Until one night Stella writes a letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time ….
What I think :
Stella is married to an injured soldier. Her marriage is all but over. She is a night nurse at her local hospice, The Marie Francis Hospice and Rehab Centre. She works nights so she can avoid her husband, who since coming back from Afgan hasn’t been able look at her let alone talk to her. Whilst at work, She has become ‘friends’ with some of the patients who haven’t got long live and she writes letters for them, to their loved ones. Some of these letters contain simple instructions of how to look after the children when they’re gone or others are sorry’s for things they have done, But mostly they are letters of how much the person who has died, loved the one that is left behind.
However, one day a lady is brought into the Hospice and its clear that she hasn’t got long left to live. When she asks Stella to write a letter for her and not give it to the person until she has gone, Stella knows that she can’t wait, She must give the letter now. For there is a chance that things could be put right ….
This is such a beautiful book, with such gorgeous characters, you just want to jump into the pages and give them a hug. There is Hope, she has Cystic Fibrosis. When she is brought into the Hospice she is very ill. But with the help of Stella and her partner in crime, best friend Ben, she makes a good recovery. Next is Hugh that once had a girlfriend, now he’s only got a pet cat for company. Lastly Issy, she has terminal Cancer, she’s living her last days at the Hospice with her mum Thea.
Dotted throughout the book are the letters that Stella has written for the people that have passed away, but don’t get me wrong it doesn’t make it a sad book in the slightest, some are really quite funny, whilst others say that they had the best time and wouldn’t have changed a thing. It really makes you want to live your live to the full. I myself have always enjoyed getting a letter through the letterbox, this book is a perfect example of how much joy the simple act of getting a letter can bring.
Rowan’s books will always have a special place in my heart because it was Rowan and her lovely book ‘The Memory book’ that started me off on my path as a book reviewer. Rowan always writes so wonderfully with such wit and wisdom. I should have known it was going to be a corker when it reduced me to happy tears after the first few pages. I absolutely loved this book, its definitely on my top 5 list for the year so far.
I give this brilliant book 10/10.
Published by Ebury on 21/05/15
I purchased my copy from WHSmith £9:99