Book Review: The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the incredible The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman way back in February of 2017. At the time I posted my review over on my old blog on Blogspot, but have never posted it here. Since then it has been featured on the Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV and has become a critically acclaimed bestselling novel.

So I thought it was about time I shared my review of this fantastic book here. Thank you to Netgalley and Ebury Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this unforgettable and mesmerising novel.

About the book:

If you could change the past, would you?

How far would you go to save the person you love?

Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother’s life.

Even if it means sacrificing her own.

A beautiful novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises.


About the author:


Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and their 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

She is the bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK, WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS and the critically acclaimed THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS.

Find out more about Rowan at, Facebook or Twitter- @rowancoleman.


My Review:

The Summer of Impossible Things is quite simply pure perfection. I didn’t think it was possible for Rowan Coleman to produce a book to rival We Are All Made of Stars which catapulted to the top of my all time favourite reads in 2015, but somehow she has managed to do so with ease.

How can I write a review that will do this wonderful and magical book justice? That will convey the many different emotions I felt as I drank in every word of Luna’s beautiful and moving story? I don’t think I can. But what I will say is this:

Read The Summer of Impossible Things and enjoy every word of the journey it takes you on. Allow yourself to be swept along on a voyage of discovery as you feel every emotion alongside Luna as she tries to put right the events of the past. Believe the impossible.

The Brooklyn of 1977 is brought vividly to life; you can feel the heat of that long gone summer and are instantly transported to a different time and place. If you had the opportunity to change the past, to heal the wounds of the people you love, would you? This is the dilemma Luna is faced with, all the time knowing that doing so could rewrite her own future. Is she willing to give up everything for the sake of her family?

This is a book like no other I have ever read. At the same time as wanting to rush ahead to find out what happened, I didn’t want the story to ever end. I savoured every beautiful, heartfelt word and felt moved beyond words when the story finally came to an end.

The Summer of Impossible Things is a book that will stay with me. It’s one of the few books I know I will read again and again like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Time and Again by Jack Finney and, of course, Rowan Coleman’s earlier book, the fabulous We Are All Made of Stars. All very different, but all with one thing in common: the ability to move and inspire.

The Summer of Impossible Things is, without a doubt, one of my favourite reads of all time. Outstanding. I can’t wait to see what this fantastically gifted author comes up with next!

The Summer of Impossible Things is available to buy now: Amazon UK

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