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The Summer of Impossible Things

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death.

In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens....

Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

©2017 Rowan Coleman (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"It's so lovely to find an author you love." (Marian Keyes, best-selling author of The Woman Who Stole My Life)
"Beautiful." (Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of The Storyteller)

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So lovely

I absolutely loved this beautiful book. Narrator is my favourite. And the story is simply delightful. Suspend judgement and just enjoy it.

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Brilliant

Loved the book from the start. Liked the characters in the family and friends. Liked the slow start to the romance of her and Michael. Couldn't wait to hear the next chapters. A brilliant holiday read.

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Impossibly Enjoyable

An interesting concept and lovely characterisations in an intriguing story. Narrator mostly clear, but dropped to whispers sometimes.

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Genius

One of my favourite films is frequency as well as Groundhog Day and sliding doors so alternate reality stories always intrigue me. This one is genius. One of the best I have read in a long time and certainly Rowan Coleman's best yet. It just has to be a film, surely! Well done Missus! X

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Slow but OK

Slow to start but picked up towards the end. It was OK but nothing to rave about.

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Unusual, a proper tale for grown ups

I really enjoyed this book, it was "different" and the narrator Imogen Church was excellent.

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A modern take on the film “Back to the Future”

If you’ve ever watched the 1985 film “Back to the Future” starring Michael J Fox, then you’ll probably recognise the basis of the plot of this story. From the changing of past events impacting on photographs right through to a thunder & lightening storm at a set date & time that will reset past with future. Just put Lunar into the character of Marty and you’ll be set. A bit slow to get going but if you can stick with it to chapter 7 the story picks up and does get pretty interesting with its modern take on this older film. Narration also takes a while to settle into believable characters but it’s a shame the sound quality wasn’t great, either too soft to hear properly or too loud - not a good book to listen to on Alexa. Quite a long book, a bit repetitive in parts and slow in others, but if you can stick with it until the end, it’s not a bad story. If you’re not open to the idea of time travel, don’t bother reading this!

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  • 12-01-19

Nice idea but really slow

It's a intetesting idea but the story is too slow, got bored waiting for it to end

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not bad

a bit repetitive and it kind of drags on but the endings nice. all in all I enjoyed this book and would recommend.

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Silly

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It was an implausible story, with lots of holes and silly over dramatisation. I am really surprised at how many people rated this so highly. It's rather predictable and the narrator takes herself far too seriously

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  • Bridget pas Jones
  • 14-10-18

Loved it

Fantastic and compelling. I couldn't stop listening. only slightly negative point, the top volume was fairly low compared to other audio books

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  • Leisha
  • 24-10-17

GREAT STORY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

I read this book and enjoyed the story so much I wanted it read to me. It took me a couple of chapters to get use to the NY accents and the narrator, but overall it was great. It gets straight into the plot which is sharp and precise. In the UK tormented mother dies, daughters to go to NY to settle some business and from then its flash backs to the 70's with her daugther realising she's meeting her mother as a teenager. Is it possible for the daughter to change the events of the past for a happier ending?? Its such any easy listen to and grabs your attention. Its one of those ... What's Going to Happen Next ... stories which hooks you