Release Date: July 26, 2016 (first published May 2015)
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as her husband Vincent, locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
*This book was provided by the publicist/publisher in exchange for a honest review
I am not, nor will I ever be, brave enough to be a hospice nurse.
You see, hospice nurses are a rare breed. They take care of the patients that have no hope of getting better. They make the transition through death as painless as possible for these souls, and in the process, oftentimes become part of the patient’s family. My heart just couldn’t handle that.
One of the ways Stella helps the people under her care are by talking to them, and getting to know them. Many patients have unfinished business with people from their past. Stella has found that by dictating letters for her charges helps them to release those emotions. Stella does send the letters, but always only after the patient dies.
Until one. Stella meets a patient that has a secret so profound that she feels that the letter should not wait to be sent. Regardless of the choice that she makes, her actions will affect more than just her patient.
Mixed up in the story, is the story of Hope, one of Stella’s patients, and her friend, Ben. While I thought the rest of the book was good, I thought Hope and Ben probably deserved their own story. I don’t feel that their portion added to the main plot line. Their tale was also poignant enough to float on its own.
I have always enjoyed Rowan Coleman’s novels. I feel like she is a cross between Jodi Picoult in that she deals with real current day issues, and Nicholas Sparks as she has a lot of romance thrown into the mix. I also think that if you are a fan of Julie Cohen and Lisa Jewell, you will like the writing of Rowan Coleman.