- How we see the power and immutability of love played out before our eyes – romantic love, maternal love, love of friends and community: “Love outlasts even death. It’s present in every moment, even those filled with darkness; it’s never exhausted, it never gives up or wavers. It’s the one force of the universe that will never be captured by an equation or […] science.”
- The picture of sisterhood we get in the relationship between Luna and Pia – borrowing each other’s possessions, doing each other’s make-up, irritating each other (sometimes), supporting each other (always)
- How it cleverly explores the way that actions have consequences, like ripples in a pond
- The belief in the power of stories – to unite us, to transform: ‘Stories are the only thing that can ever really change the world. The stories that people believe in are the only ones that matter. Those are the stories that have the power to change everything we think we understand.’
- That authors are even able to come up with ideas like this!
- How it conjures up the atmosphere of New York – the music, the clothes, the food and drink – so you feel you’re walking the streets with Luna and Pia, inhaling the smell of bagels, hearing the roar of the traffic
- It’s about grabbing the moment and following your dream: “What I’m trying to say is, you might as well try as hard as you can to follow your dreams, otherwise what are they for, except to remind you of everything you didn’t do.”
- That ending…you made me cry, Rowan Coleman!
- That I won this as a prize from a giveaway organised by the lovely Kelly at Love Books Group
- The gorgeous cover – so beautiful. Make sure you check out the front and back of the cover or you’ll miss a clever detail from the book in the design!
About the Book
If you could change the past, would you?
Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?
Format: Hardcover (432 pp.) Publisher: Ebury Press
Published: 4th May 2017 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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In three words: Emotional, magical, romantic
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About 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 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.
Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is her eleventh novel. Others include The Accidental Mother, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud and the award-winning Dearest Rose, a novel which lead Rowan to become an active supporter of domestic abuse charity Refuge, donating 100% of royalties from the ebook publication of her novella, Woman Walks Into a Bar, to the charity. Rowan does not have time for ironing.
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