A beautiful, heartwarming story.
Stella works nights as a nurse at a hospice facility. She’s married to Vincent, a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured. Vincent is battling PTSD and the marriage is suffering. Events at home lead Stella to write letters for her patients at the hospice and mail them to the patients loved ones after their death. The letters Stella writes are interspersed throughout the book. They take nothing from the story but add so much to it. The letters are beautiful. They made me laugh and made me cry. They touched my heart. The readers also see Stella and Vincent trying to find their way back to each other. Their story is heartbreaking but gave this reader a glimpse into what military families must deal with once a solider returns home. I had the biggest smile on my face when I read the final letter that Stella writes.
We are also introduced to Hope, a cystic fibrosis patient, and her best friend Ben. For awhile Hope is a patient at the hospice for which Stella works. But what readers will see is Hope leaving her fear of living behind and finding a way to live her life to the fullest despite her illness. I enjoyed Hope’s and Ben’s story.
Then there are Hugh, Sally and Mikey. Sally and Mikey are Hugh’s new neighbors. I love the interaction between them. For most of the book I couldn’t figure out where Hugh fit in. How did he connect? I actually gasped out loud when I realized how Hugh was tied in. Heartbroken is what I was.
And finally, the cat. What’s his name? Who does he really belong to? A small part of the story but I really, really loved it.
To sum up … read this book! It’s heartwarming, encouraging and filled with love. Have a box of tissues nearby.
Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: We Are All Made of Stars
Author: Rowan Coleman
Release Date: July 26, 2016