The Summer of Impossible Things [review]

The Summer of Impossible Things - Rowan Coleman[Synopsis]

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?

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[My Review]

This is a really special book; it’s one that made me think and made me cry, ultimately leaving me pondering the story after I’d finished it.
From the brilliant characters – hugely likable Luna and sister, dad and mum, as well as those around her in both the present day narrative and the one situated in the past – to the poignant, wistful feeling of possibly being able to change the past… everything comes together in The Summer of Impossible Things to create a wonderful read.
I love books about time travel, specifically being able to change what’s happened before you and how that could impact the future, so I knew this would be an intriguing read. The whole subject is so fascinating, and whilst storylines like this can often be a little bit ‘mind boggling’ as you try to keep up with what will change what another element in the future, this book manages to keep it all understandable. It kind of makes sense, even if the story is all about something that (as far as we know right now) is scientifically impossible, because it’s written so convincingly by Rowan Coleman.
There are some parts and some bits of dialogue which are very romantic and, some might feel, a little cheesy, but it all works with what is at stake for Luna and her family, even if not everyone else realises it. The writing is wonderful and the magical elements aren’t too ridiculous to put me off – I’m not a huge fan of fantasy novels apart from the obvious popular choices, I have to say, but this was just right. I teared up, and indeed cried a little, at certain points and I felt the ending was just right for me. I don’t want to give anything else away but just recommend that anyone looking for an emotional, smart and thoughtful read gives The Summer of Impossible Things a go.

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Ebury Publishing for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.



  1. Fabulous review!
    I’m usually not a fan of time travel stories but this one definitely made me want to explore more into the time travel plots… It was just so well done and the romantic moments were super as well, I thought 🙂
    I agree with the ending as well. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had so many possibilities in my head throughout the book, but the ending was brilliant! 🙂

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