Today I welcome back my guest reviewer author Abbie Osborne with a review of one of my favourite books of the year The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.
If you could change the past, would you?
It is only after her mother’s death that Luna begins to discover her secrets.
While in New York to settle the estate, something impossible happens to Luna. She finds herself in 1977, face to face with her mother as a young woman, in the week that changed her life forever.
If time can be turned back, can it also be rewritten? Luna becomes convinced she can save her mother from the moment that will eventually drive her to suicide.
But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will Luna have to sacrifice her own?
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book, this is a beautiful lush novel about love, courage and sacrifice, The Time Traveller’s Wife for a new readership
I heard rave reviews about this book and so I anxiously waited for my copy to arrive in the post. When I picked this up to read I didn’t know what to expect. I was not prepared for the journey I was about to embark on. It is a compelling tale woven through the past and the present in a fantastically unique way.
The story is centred upon a daughter who is given the chance to save her mother from a life of sadness and depression. I was not prepared for the magical way in which this book transports us back in time. I found the writing very lyrical in this book which was good as it meant that it didn’t take me by surprise when the main character is suddenly thrust back in time.
I felt like I was living a much-wanted fantasy when reading this. Who wouldn’t want to be able to go back in time and see their mother as a young girl? The detailed description of the setting brought Luna’s experience alive. Every little detail was considered to provide an authenticity that further enhanced the feeling of being in a different time. It was impossible to not to picture the transformation that Luna experiences when the writing was so detail rich.
One of the great things about this book was the way the emotions warred within Luna. You can tell straight away that she has a scientific brain but her emotions about her mum fight to break through that. And her unease was palpable when her experiences defy logic. I felt Luna’s fascination and yearning when she was in that time with her mum, it was very emotional. But she couldn’t fully bask in it as her brain was seeking to understand and make sense of what was happening. I think Luna was the perfect character to go back in time as her emotions didn’t take over the book. I believe her personality gave the events more credibility and realism. You knew this wasn’t the grief-stricken dream of an emotional troubled person. It was the experiences of a logical and intelligent woman.
This was a novel unlike anything I’ve read. I have heard it compared to the Time Travellers Wife, but I think it is in a different league. I found the Time Travellers Wife very confusing whereas in this book, no explanation was needed. Everything is what it is and so I was able to enjoy the story without pondering the mechanics of time travel. The ending to this book was fulfilling and fantastic and I liked the way the author explores the far-reaching consequences of even the smallest of actions.
Meet the author…
Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel.
To find out more about Rowan Coleman, visit her website at: http://www.rowancoleman.co.uk, Facebook or Twitter: @rowancoleman.
Meet the reviewer…
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. Writing The Puppet Master has unleashed a love of writing and Abigail hopes to put her scarily crazy imagination to good use. She is currently working on book 2 and 3 and looks forward to publishing these soon.
You can follow her on Twitter @Abigail_Author