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Women’s Fiction | The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

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Rowan Coleman’s story is one of those that’s hard to pigeonhole into a genre.  Women’s Fiction? Well, yes. Romance? Well, yes.  Time Travel Science Fiction? Well, yes. Thriller? Well, yes …  The Summer of Impossible Things is all of those things and more.  It’s unique. I loved everything about it!

The Summe of Impossible Things Rowan Coleman

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2148 KB

Print Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Ebury Digital (29 Jun. 2017)

Language: English



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?

With an intriguing message in the prologue, The Summer of Impossible Things caught my imagination from the off and kept me in its grip throughout.

Luna and 23 yo sister Pia are on their way to their mum’s childhood home to settle her estate in Brooklyn.  I thought the journey was a great way to find out more about what makes this family tick.

A property that’s been empty for a long time is co-owned by their aunt and there is mystery surrounding the total lack of communication between their mum and aunt.  It’s not long before Luna travels back to 1977 and with the house being pivotal, spends time with her mum and her group of friends, getting to know them and trying to work out what she needs to do to make a difference.

I’ve always enjoyed sci-fi and often have the ‘what if’ conversations so for me there was no leap of faith or suspension of belief needed.  Rowan Coleman made me feel as if it was my body making the journey.  It felt so real … as did the time spent in the past!  I fell into this world easily.

The twist had my head spinning, going back over what I knew (or thought I knew!).  So much tension during the blackout.

This is a dual timeline with a difference!  I loved that Luna got to see the side of her mum that was full of hope and ambition rather than withdrawn and hiding away.  I loved not knowing what would happen as Luna time travelled and came back to the present.  What (if any) changes would be made and how would it all end?  Would she get her happy ever after or was that entirely impossible?

With a great pace, easy to identify with lead character, awesome setting and unique plot, The Summer of Impossible Things is a story that will enthral you and tangle you up in knots.

One of my top reads for 2017.

Connect with Rowan Coleman


Twitter @rowancoleman


Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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