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review 2017-09-26 19:39
Im siebten Sommer
Im siebten Sommer: Roman - Rowan Coleman... Im siebten Sommer: Roman - Rowan Coleman,Marieke Heimburger
  • € 9,99 [D], € 10,30 [A]
  • Erschienen am 01.08.2017
  • 528 Seiten, Broschur
  • Übersetzt von: Marieke Heimburger
  • ISBN: 978-3-492-30803-8



Manchmal kann eine Postkarte dein ganzes Leben verändern.

Eines Tages beschließt Rose, dass das Leben zu kurz ist, um in einer unglücklichen Ehe zu leben. Sie schnappt sich ihre Tochter und fährt in das idyllische Millthwaite. Dort sucht sie Frasier, einen attraktiven Kunsthändler, in den sie sich vor sieben Jahren unsterblich verliebte. Sie sah ihn nie wieder – und alles, was sie von ihm besitzt, ist eine Postkarte aus diesem Ort. Schnell stellt sich heraus, dass Fraiser hier nicht mehr wohnt. Auf der Suche nach ihrer großen Liebe trifft Rose jedoch auf einen anderen Mann, der eine wichtige Rolle in ihrem Leben spielen wird. Und Rose begreift: Es ist nie zu spät, um glücklich zu sein.



Meine Meinung:

Ich habe ja bisher alle Bücher der Autorin gelesen und war daher sehr auf diese Neuerscheinung gespannt. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch vom Verlag zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir sehr leicht gelungen, der Schreibstil war wieder sehr flüssig. Ich habe sehr schnell gemerkt, dass dies ein absolutes Wohlfühlbuch für mich ist. 


Rose flieht mit ihrer Tochter und kommt in einem Bed&Breakfast unter. Zufällig erfährt, dass ihr Vater in diesem Dorf wohnt, mit dem sie seit vielen Jahren gar kein Kontakt mehr hat. Eigentlich ist sie dort nur auf der Suche nach einem Kunsthändler, in den sie sich vor Jahren verliebt hat. Rose hat mir hier als Charakter wirklich sehr gut gefallen. 


Die Charaktere waren insgesamt sehr toll. Vor allem mochte ich auch ihren Vater, der im Laufe der Geschichte eine tolle Wandlung durch macht und man durch die Geschichte auch wieder merkt, dass es am Ende einer Beziehung mit Kind oft zwei leidtragende Personen gibt, nämlich Mutter und Vater. Auch zeigt es eindrucksvoll auf der anderen Seite, was es mit einem Kind macht, wenn der Vater geht und die Mutter sich später umbringt.  


Es wird auch deutlich, unter welch widrigen Umständen Rose mit ihrer Tochter und ihrem Mann zusammengelebt hat, obwohl dieser ein angesehener Arzt war. Es gibt viele Frauen, die diesen Absprung nicht schaffen. 


Dieses Buch hat mir einfach tolle Lesestunden bereitet, die Atmosphäre hat mir gefallen, der Schreibstil, die Charaktere, der Fortgang der Geschichte. Für mich war es einfach ein absolutes Wohlfühlbuch und für mich persönlich neben Einfach unvergesslich das beste Werk der Autorin bisher. 


Ich kann hier eine ganz klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen. Es geht in diesem Buch um Mut, einen Neuanfang zu wagen, um Freundschaft, um das Verhältnis zwischen Vater und Kind und auch ganz viel um Liebe.


Von mir bekommt das Buch volle 5 Sterne. 

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review 2017-03-02 21:44
What if you could change just one thing in the past of someone you love?
The Summer of Impossible Things - Rowan Coleman

I was so lucky to be approved by NetGalley for a preview copy of this book, I absolutely loved it - it's already my best read so far this year and it could well be my favourite book of 2017.
It does require a bit of imagination, you have to travel back in time to 1977, but it's worth the stretch and if you loved the Time Traveler's Wife then you'll love this too.

Luna and her younger sister, Pia, are devastated by the death of their mother, but she had suffered from depression for many years and struggled to hold things together for the family.
She had moved to UK to marry their father in 1977, but her childhood home had been Bay Ridge, in Brooklyn and there was a family house there that needed to be sold. Luna and Pia travel to Brooklyn to finalise the sale, hoping to find out something about their mother's life before she married their father.

What they discover is the basis of the story, but that's not all, because Luna finds that she can go back in time to those last days while Marissa was still a vibrant young woman, before something happened that shattered her life. And if Luna can go back and meet her mother in that time, is it possible that she might also be able to change things just slightly so that Marissa's life takes a slightly different path - and if she does so, what are the implications?

Beautifully written with wonderful characters and subtle twists, this was an excellent read. The only problem is that it's not out until June, but put it on your Wish List now, because this is one book you won't want to miss.

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review 2016-09-14 12:00
A Sobfest, But an Incredible Story Nonetheless
We Are All Made of Stars - Rowan Coleman

Grab your tissues. You’ll definitely need them when you read We Are All Made of Stars. But don’t worry that this is strictly a sobfest. It’s not. Rowan Coleman blended in enough laughs and happy-for-now endings to make this a stellar piece of heartfelt women’s fiction to remember.

‘For a moment, for too brief a moment, I was the man that loved you, but now I am changed. I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved.’

This truly was a stunning novel but it is rather difficult to explain. Filled with Rowan Coleman’s emotionally rich writing and told from multiple POVs, we followed along as our protagonists dealt with love, loss, grief and new beginnings. The common denominator here was the hospice center. All of the characters’ lives were touched in some way and were intertwined somehow with the Marie Francis facility.


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review 2016-07-21 07:21
Touching & Poignant, This Will Leave You Emotionally Raw
The Day We Met - Rowan Coleman

‘Everything I attempt is fraught with the possibility of failure. And yet I am still me, at the moment. My mind is still me. When will the day come that I am not me anymore?’

The Day We Met took me on an emotional roller coaster ride while I commiserated along with Claire, Greg, Ruth, and Caitlin. They all had to come to terms with the devastating disease that was overtaking a fiercely independent and brilliant woman in the prime of her life.

“I think it’s love that lasts. It’s love that remembers us. It’s love that is left, when we are gone.”

Originally titled The Memory Book and released in the UK in 2014, I thought author Rowan Coleman did a fantastic job of giving us readers an honest take on how Alzheimer’s Disease affects families. This is a novel filled with extreme highs and lows, in terms of emotions and events. There were scenes that took my breath away with their beauty and poignancy, and then there were awkward, heartbreaking scenes that made me sad and almost uncomfortable with their realism.


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review 2016-07-09 21:57
We Are All Made of Stars - Rowan Coleman

#WEAREALLMADEOFSTARS  @rowancoleman  AVAILABLE 7/26/16   5 STARS!!!   

I loved this book! While there were many sad tales in here, there were many uplifting stories included as well. Also, some of the letters were frigging hilarious.

The book kind of reminded me of that TV show "The Red Band Society" where they were all in one hospital, but not as free to get around as those kids. The characters seemed so real and so humanlike. One couldn't help but have them grow on you and relate to them. There were a few surprising plot twists as well.

While I wanted to put the book down and go to bed, I found that I just could not do it. I had to know how it ended. Thus I was still awake at 6:30 this morning when my roommate woke up. The sad part, he wasn't surprised. When I'm into a good book, I am into it and time just slips away along with the rest of the world and that is exactly what happened with this book. I just LOVED it!

Huge thanks to Random House and Net Galley for letting me read a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I definitely recommend this book. Oh, keep the tissues nearby.


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